Friday, October 24, 2008

Replacing Window Glass

I can now add "replacing window glass" to my resume. I took the afternoon off to take care of a broken window in my home office. Of course, I could have taken care of it sometime this summer, but naturally I waited until it started to get chilly. Then I had to wait for a day that was going to be dry and warm enough. Today was the day.

It got broken sometime during the winter. I don't even know what happened. I was sitting in my office one night when it was really cold and thinking... geez... my feet are freezing. I'm going to have to put plastic over the window by my desk. The next day I pull back the drapes to tackle this project and find the window is cracked - that spider crack on the left side that goes in all directions.

It was way too cold at the time to have a big hole in my house so I patched it as best I could until warm weather. Now, months later, I'm finally getting around to dealing with it. In the meantime, I went to the Window Workshop, which came in handy today.

Today, getting the glass out, I broke it into about four different pieces. There was a point I just could not get out. I eventually had to break the glass and pull it out around it, then I just bent the point flat to the edge. I tried everything I could think of but I just could not get it out.

I knew I needed to take the glass in to Sturgeon because I don't measure well. At all. I know this about myself. I'm not sure why, but I am just not good at that. If I have to have something precisely measured I have someone else do it. When I called Sturgeon to ask about this, and told them I was bringing in the glass she said, "Yes, please, bring in the glass, that's best." I guess other people can't measure either.

They cut it for me today while I waited, which was nice. I just happened to catch them when they weren't busy. And, I managed to get the old glass out and the new one cut and in, complete with points and glazing, and only bled a few drops. I consider that a rousing success.
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