About Stained glass installation

Stained glass windows aren't just for churches anymore. They can create a lovely accent in almost any room in your home. Some common places for people to incorporate stained glass windows are in bathrooms, front doors or skylights. Depending on the colors you choose, you can basically create any kind of look or atmosphere you want. Installing your window is not especially difficult to do. In fact, you can do the bulk of the work it in about 10 to 20 minutes if you simply put it in behind an existing window.

  • Measure your window where you would like to place the stained glass. Use a tape measure to take the dimensions of the glass pane only.
  • Choose your stained glass. The easiest thing to do here is to buy stained glass that is already assembled. Good places to look are at home design stores and craft fairs.
  • Use your rag and window cleaner to scrub both your existing window and your stained glass window. You want to get all dirt, dust and fingerprints off so that the light will be able to shine through unobstructed. Once you've wiped the windows completely clean, use a new cloth to dry them. Be especially sure to dry the sides that will be facing each other. You don't want to invite mold or mildew growth by leaving a damp area between the glass panes.
  • Put the stained glass window flush against the existing window after both of the windows are clean and dry. Then hammer a couple of brad nails into the window frame to secure it--one or more on each side. If your window leans back against the nails, you do not have them parallel to the window. Pull them out and start again. Make sure the fit is tight enough that you can still open and close the window.
  • Caulk the edges to make the fit even tighter. Make sure to caulk the entire area where the window meets the frame. This is necessary so that the window will remain in place when you go back and take out the brad nails. Wait at least 24 hours to make sure the caulk is nice and dry.
  • Take out the brad nails using the back of a your hammer. Be careful not to scratch the glass when you do this. If anything wobbles during nail removal, this is a sign that you didn't use enough caulk or you didn't allow enough dry time. Put the nails back in and try again.
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