Cutting glass to replace a broken window may sound difficult and probably dangerous to do. You’d think you might as well hire a professional to do it for you to make a perfect cut. According to a post at This Old House, you can actually cut a clean piece of glass if you have the right materials and follow the proper technique. The post presents four easy steps in making clean cuts in glass. You are simply going to need a glass cutter to score and snap your glass, goggles to protect your eyes, and gloves to protect your hands. The four steps in cutting a clean glass are summarized as follows:
- Clean the glass to be cut with a cloth or paper towel and make sure it is completely dry.
- Grease the wheel of the glass cutter then score the glass holding the cutter firmly and moving it toward you.
- Using the glass cutter’s ball end, tap the score line to weaken the glass and allow it to break.
- Snap the glass by gripping the sides parallel to the score and twisting. Running pliers are helpful if it is difficult to break with your hands.
There are also some added tips if you are breaking curved cuts for your window. You can read the full article here and learn how to cut glass like professionals do.