Log Cabin Glass Removal

You may have a need to remove the glass from your doors or windows for maintenance or to paint behind. Most log cabins will have removable beading on the frame and it’s pretty straightforward to remove.

Below is how I remove the glass without causing any damage which may help you should you wish to take yours out for whatever reason, it’s straightforward to do and takes a few minutes to accomplish.

If the beading has already been painted then firstly score down the beading with a sharp knife to penetrate the treatment.

If the beading has already been painted then firstly score down the beading with a sharp knife to penetrate the treatment.

Using a small flat blade screw driver or similar this can be pushed down the side of the bead, work along and the pins holding the bead will become loose.

Using a small flat blade screwdriver or similar this can be pushed down the side of the bead, work along and the pins holding the bead will become loose.

Gently lever out the bead.

Gently lever out the bead.

Continue around the other beads, first score the bead to break the treatment seal as before.

Continue around the other beads, first score the bead to break the treatment seal as before.

The bead once loosened can be easily removed.

The bead once loosened can be easily removed.

Lever off the other beads using a small flat blade screwdriver.

Lever off the other beads using a small flat blade screwdriver. I prefer to put the beads in order of how you took them out. Doors are windows are hand made so there may be some minor variations in each bead.

With the beads removed the glass can be taken out to allow you to replace it or treat behind for aesthetics and longevity.

With the beads removed the glass can be taken out to allow you to replace it or treat behind for aesthetics and longevity. Please note it maybe necessary to use a sharp blade behind the glass and frame to break the seal of any sealant used.

Refitting the glass is the reverse of taking it out. If you wished to you could add a bead of silicone sealant although this is not necessary.

Refitting the glass is the reverse of taking it out. If you wished to you could add a bead of silicone sealant although this is not necessary.

Using a hammer tap the pins through the beads so the bead can be easily fitted.

Using a hammer tap the pins through the beads so the bead can be easily fitted.

Place the glass back into the frame and start to refit the beads.

Place the glass back into the frame and start to refit the beads.

Refitting the beads.

Refitting the beads.

Tap the pins into the frame, Depending on the type of bead it is often easier to slide your hammer head along the glass.

Tap the pins into the frame, Depending on the type of bead it is often easier to slide your hammer head along the glass.

With the glass replaced you can wipe off any finger marks or stray sealant if you decided to use any.

With the glass replaced you can wipe off any finger marks or stray sealant if you decided to use any.

To finish, retreat the beads if you have already painted the log cabin.

To finish, retreat the beads if you have already painted the log cabin.

Please Note:

As with any DIY project you need to give full consideration to your safety and those around you. Therefore I recommend wearing safety equipment such as goggles and gloves while removing the glass and taking all care and consideration whilst doing so.

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