How to Replace the Glass in an Aluminum Jalousie Window

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If your home has jalousie windows that have become cracked or broken, rather than replacing the entire window, you can simply replace the panes. This is a simple job and can be done by practically anyone. You won't need extensive contracting experience or be an expert glazier, just two hand tools and a pair of gloves. Before you know it, your jalousie windows will have new panes and look good as new.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Open your damaged jalousie window to its fullest open position.

  • Slide the blade of a flat head screwdriver up under the aluminum retaining tabs at one end of the jalousie pane.

  • Pry the aluminum retaining tab up, holding the pane with your other hand. Pull the tab further out with a pair of pliers, if necessary, to prevent bending it out of shape.

  • Repeat Steps 2 and 3 on the other side of the same jalousie pane, releasing it from the two aluminum retaining tabs on each side of the pane.

  • Take the pane to a glazier and purchase a replacement of the same length and width.

  • Slide the new pane into place and clamp the aluminum retaining tabs down into place with the pliers.

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References

  • "Home Improvement All-In-One for Dummies"; Roy Barnhart, James Carey and Morris Carey; 2004
  • "How to Fix -- Windows & Doors"; Time-Life Books; 1999
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