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Replacing double glazed window hinge

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Found 7th Feb 2013
Anyone replaced a damaged hinge before? Is it easy?

It looks easy enough as they seem to be screwed in so should be easy to swap?

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Very easy mutley1 its just a straight swap,take the old hinge to local window manufacture and they should have it, cost about £5 per hinge,real cost is £2.50 a pair.

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Loads of different type hinges , it is easy if you have the correct replacement AND put it back in exactly the same place (elongated holes can confuse you so mark old hinge place with a pencil) . Check the stack size ( this is the thickness of hinge , 13mm or 17mm ) , it is sometimes easier to swap both hinges . If the sash knocks the mullion its too far over , if it feels stiff or won't close its too short of the keepers . You will probably have to take the sash out to do this work , downstairs is easy , upstairs can be a problem , screws can be rusted up so replace them , damaged hinges are often 'easy-clean' ones where you have to push the sash home fully before closing , these have now been improved .
Edited by: "goldmax" 8th Feb 2013

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wish i could change mine but they appear to be riveted in

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csiman

wish i could change mine but they appear to be riveted in



just drill out the rivets , buy a cheap pop riveter

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goldmax

just drill out the rivets , buy a cheap pop riveter


thats a good idea - might drill them out and rawl plug screw them back in

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goldmax

just drill out the rivets , buy a cheap pop riveter


is it possible to repair D/G units as I have about 6 that have blown? Replaced 2 in the past but they were clear ones so only £40 per unit but the 6 remaining ones are georgian bar ones so cost a lot more and difficult to match with the unblown ones

Also, they only have slight misting so wondered whether they are really losing enough heat to warrant the cash outlay for replacements (about £100 per unit)?

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csiman

is it possible to repair D/G units as I have about 6 that have blown? … is it possible to repair D/G units as I have about 6 that have blown? Replaced 2 in the past but they were clear ones so only £40 per unit but the 6 remaining ones are georgian bar ones so cost a lot more and difficult to match with the unblown onesAlso, they only have slight misting so wondered whether they are really losing enough heat to warrant the cash outlay for replacements (about £100 per unit)?Thanks



I got told there is no practical way these can be repaired, but the prices you have been quoted seem expensive. I replaced a unit in my patio doors last year, this is leaded (small diamond pattern) and it cost £70 for a like for like replacement. I boarded up the door and took the unit down to the glaziers for them to do a direct copy.

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csiman

is it possible to repair D/G units as I have about 6 that have blown? … is it possible to repair D/G units as I have about 6 that have blown? Replaced 2 in the past but they were clear ones so only £40 per unit but the 6 remaining ones are georgian bar ones so cost a lot more and difficult to match with the unblown onesAlso, they only have slight misting so wondered whether they are really losing enough heat to warrant the cash outlay for replacements (about £100 per unit)?Thanks



It is not possible to repair units, heat loss will be slight but most people cannot put up with the unsightly misted up glass. Georgian bar is easy to survey, best take out old unit then draw the shape and style, measure from outer edge of unit to centre of bar, then centre to centre etc., measure width of georgian bar, measure thickness of unit , check for toughened glass, check colour of spacer bar .

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goldmax

just drill out the rivets , buy a cheap pop riveter



Don't try using rawl plugs, glass is heavy and it will probably come loose and fall out possibly injuring somebody below , use pop rivets again , they are cheap to buy .

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goldmax

I don't want to sound rude but who the hell wants a diamond lead patio … I don't want to sound rude but who the hell wants a diamond lead patio door these doors ? Change them both for modern clear glass


might live in a very old country cottage which is suitable if you ask me

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goldmax

It is not possible to repair units, heat loss will be slight but most … It is not possible to repair units, heat loss will be slight but most people cannot put up with the unsightly misted up glass. Georgian bar is easy to survey, best take out old unit then draw the shape and style, measure from outer edge of unit to centre of bar, then centre to centre etc., measure width of georgian bar, measure thickness of unit , check for toughened glass, check colour of spacer bar .


Thanks for the advice - might just take one out and take it to glaziers for a proper quote

seems weird that insurers ask if you have 3 way deadlocks on doors etc when it takes me all of 2 minutes to take a complete pane out from the outside with just a screwdriver! oO

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csiman

Thanks for the advice - might just take one out and take it to glaziers … Thanks for the advice - might just take one out and take it to glaziers for a proper quoteseems weird that insurers ask if you have 3 way deadlocks on doors etc when it takes me all of 2 minutes to take a complete pane out from the outside with just a screwdriver! oO



These days we don't sell externally glazed windows, they were a daft idea BUT yours really should be stuck in with double sided glazing tape , nowadays we have internally glazed windows , so much easiersafer to fit aswell from inside when upstairs ,you can buy security clips to stop the unit being taken out , damn you quoted my comment before I deleted it about the diamond leaded, I think it looks ok in windows but large areas like patios can be too much !
Edited by: "goldmax" 8th Feb 2013

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Very easy mutley1 its just a straight swap,take the old hinge to local … Very easy mutley1 its just a straight swap,take the old hinge to local window manufacture and they should have it, cost about £5 per hinge,real cost is £2.50 a pair.



cheers for the confirmation as it looks like a straight swap. i paid a locksmith £130 last year just to do the swap on one hinge and thought this must be mug me.

These days we don't sell externally glazed windows, they were a daft idea BUT yours really should be stuck in with double sided glazing tape , nowadays we have internally glazed windows , so much easiersafer to fit aswell from inside when upstairs ,you can buy security clips to stop the unit being taken out , damn you quoted my comment before I deleted it about the diamond leaded, I think it looks ok in windows but large areas like patios can be too much !


I agree but am stuck with them as they were in place when I bought the house and unfortunately the one I had to replace was because of the inside pane being smashed, if it was just for a leaking unit I would have waited and replaced both with clear.

Edited by: "Argoj" 9th Feb 2013
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