Need a good way to Remove and Store old glass ????

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Forum topic by MNbuzzdust posted 04-10-2009 06:00 AM 1045 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2009 06:00 AM

I have alot of old storm windows and hate to just throw out the glass but need to make some room. First what is the easiest way to get all that old hard caulk out without breaking the glass. Second what is a handy way to store it?? I know if I throw it all out I will kick myself next time I need a piece and have to actually pay for it lol.

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#1 posted 04-10-2009 02:21 PM

i’d toss the windows. i cut the tendons in 2 fingers doing that. result surgery and stiff fingers last 30 years!!!
also glass gets sorta rotten over time and is harder to cut safely. new glass seems pretty cheap to me now

that said, i go to local lumber yard and get their scrap really cheap ( 50 cents apiece ) when they repair a window they save the bigger leftovers and it piles up on them.

i store mine in a rack that looks like a pallett hung on edge at eye level, tack an old yardstick to the front and side for quick reference
good luck

-- Ron, Missouri

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#2 posted 04-10-2009 02:33 PM

I tend to agree with hootr above, glass is a lot cheaper than the ER.

This tool will do the job:

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#3 posted 04-10-2009 07:04 PM

I don’t know about you guys but I can’t cut a piece to glass to save my a##! Wood, tell me what you want and I’ll do it. Glass is a disaster. I would need a 4’-0” x 8’-0” sheet to get one good 5” x 7” piece out of it. I do have some old glass from storm windows laying around that I will now throw away. Last thing I need is glass that is harder to cut! I get frustrated because I worked in a millwork shop that employed an old guy that used to cut glass for his sash using the tang of a file to score the glass. Glass is cheap and most of us need glass for projects that can be cut from scrap.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#4 posted 04-11-2009 08:36 AM

Ok Ill throw it out. Its in the way

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#5 posted 04-11-2009 11:47 AM

I save mine as I love the look of old glass with its natural distortions, creases etc…....the oldstuff was floated by hand and to buy hand floated glass now….........isnt cheap

Using a paint scraper to remove the glass, needle nose vive grips to remove the tabs….........done.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 04-11-2009 12:23 PM

thanks for the link to the deglazing tool
i get requests for replacing glass sometimes and not damaging old sash is a chalenge
think this will help and i get a new cool tool

-- Ron, Missouri

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#7 posted 04-12-2009 10:05 AM

I wonder if a cutting wheel would work. Here is one being used on grout and its made me think how easy it would go through caulk.

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#8 posted 04-12-2009 02:25 PM

If you have a festool or similar you will make short work of the putty.
There will be some brads to pull as well.
Like others have said, unless you have an immediate need there is little value beyond nostalgia.


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