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The small-tile interior doors combine aesthetics and brightness with a touch of color if the windows are slightly tinted. Often equipped with thick glass, this glazing is not immune to an unfortunate blow. In this case, replacing the element is easy.

Text and Photos C. Petitjean

Practical advice

● Be careful when nailing the glazing beads. The tips should be skewed so that they do not touch the edge of the tile. Change the penetration angle in case of resistance. The use of a small hunt will prevent the hammer from coming too close to the window.
● There are flat glazier putties in roll, very practical for this particular use.

Fixing with clots, a simple method

The intervention is particularly simplified by the method of attachment by glazing beads which advantageously replace the glazier sealant seal, not always easy to pull and smooth.

Remove the broken glass

The four quarter-round glazing beads, mitered at the corners, form a frame nailed into the rabbet of the frame, preventing the window from moving. So you have to untie them to free the pieces of glass. It is possible to pry with a knife or a chisel, but the sticks rarely stand out unscathed. Better to cut new ones in a baguette of identical section.
● Keeping abreast of cuts, broken pieces of glass are removed by flat pliers or heavy leather gloves. The rebate bottom, trimmed when the windows are fitted with a mastic seal that has become dry, must be carefully scraped with an old wood chisel or a wide screwdriver. All the tips remaining after removal of the glazing beads are torn from the pincers.

Lay the new window

Structured glasses are delicate to cut unless you are very experienced. Cut the new glass to frame dimensions minus two millimeters in order to keep a slight peripheral clearance that will insert a mastic bottom into the rabbet.
● To work at ease, the leaf, disengaged, is laid flat on two stable trestles. At the bottom of the rabbet, a layer of linseed oil diluted with 50% turpentine is applied with a brush to feed the wood. Then an even bed of glazier's putty is applied by pressing it with a spatula. The new glass is then deposited in its frame, balancing the peripheral game. Pressed with the tips of her fingers, she comes to sit on the fresh putty.
● Glazing is 8 mm round-quarter fir, sold in lengths of 2.4 m. The first cut made at 45° to the framer saw, the wand is then presented in the frame, along the rabbet. A pointing in pencil indicates the place to cut at 45° in the other direction. It is the same for the other three elements. The four mitered glazing bones should fit a little in force in the frame and block the tile. The nailing of the chopsticks on the perimeter of the rabbet (three points for the long ones, two for the short ones) is carried out with a small hammer and points head of man of 15 mm. The finish consists of sanding the slight reliefs with the abrasive on the shim and painting with a small brush.

Remove the broken glass

Remove the broken glass

To remove the broken glass, insert a knife blade or spatula between the glazing beads and the rebate of the frame. It is difficult to recover the clusters that tend to break.

Remove pieces of glass, putty and nails

Remove pieces of glass, putty and nails

Taking all the necessary precautions, remove the pieces of broken glass and then scrape with the spatula the dry putty which garnishes the bottom of rabbet. Tear the last nails to the pincers.

Promote adhesion of sealant

Promote adhesion of sealant

To give a good adhesion to the sealant and to feed the wood, apply with the brush, at the bottom of rabbet, a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine. Let dry an hour.

Apply the sealant

Apply the sealant

Mix a pellet of glazier's putty and then apply side-by-side keys on the bottom of the rabbet, pressing firmly with the spatula to obtain a uniform bed.

Lay and fix the tile

Lay and fix the tile

Place the tile in its housing, making sure that the relief patterns are oriented like those of the rest of the door. Press to sit the tile on the mastic layer.

Cut the chopsticks

Cut the chopsticks

The glazes are made from a quarter-round fir. Cut at 45° to the framer saw. Place the rod in the tile housing and locate the bevel cut in the other direction.

Adjust and fix the glazes

Adjust and fix the glazes

Cut out and adjust the four glazing beads that must be mounted a little in force in the frame. Secure them with man's head tips that diagonally
in the rabbet.

Sand and paint

Sand and paint

Finish with wedge-mounted sandpaper to eliminate minor imperfections in the glazing beads. Make the necessary touch-ups or repaint the door completely.


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