• In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to repair door glass.


    1 Measure the broken door pane for a new piece of glass.
    2 Use a stiff-blade putty knife to pry the wooden stops from around the broken pane.
    3 Carefully remove the broken pane from the door.
    4 Scrape away the old glazing compound from the windowpane opening.
    5 Lay a thick bead of glazing compound around pane opening.
    6 Press the glass into the compound, then secure it with glazing points.
    7 Reattach the wooden stops with wire brads.
    8 Use nailset and hammer to tap brads below the wood's surface.
    9 Scrape away any excess glazing compound.
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    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
      . It takes a little patience to remove the wooden stops without breaking them, but installing the new glass pane is easy
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      Tools List

      • 30-foot tape measure
        Tape measure
      • putty knife
        Putty knife
      • hammer
      • nailset
        Nail set
      • caulk gun
        Caulking gun

      Shopping List

      1. Safety glass, used to replace busted pane

      2. Glazing-compound caulk

      3. Wire brads, used to reattach wooden stops