How to Alter Window Grids

Window grids are narrow square patterns that match inside windows to add visual appeal. All are made from strips of wood joined together with half-lap joints to make rectangles or squares; they could be brittle and break easily. Window grids all work equally, and are suitable for outdoor windows, buffet or china cabinets and anywhere else you need to add flair. If your home is obsolete or you only need to spruce up the appearance, you replace and can install window grids.

Insert the tip of a putty knife between the glass and the grid anywhere on the outside of the window frame.

Pry up on the side of the grid to loosen the nails holding it to the window frame. If it starts to loosen slightly, insert the tip of the knife down between the frame and the grid.

Pry and rock the knife back and forth to further loosen the grid from the frame. Do all four components, until the grid will pull free loosening the nails. When the nails are stubborn and won’t pull free, use a chisel rather than a putty knife. Continue prying before the grid is free from the nails. Eliminate in the window frame with diagonal pliers.

Drop the grid into position. Use a small block of wood and a hammer to tap on the corners into position until it fits snugly, if it’s tight.

Hold the tip of a pin nailer onto the grid over the glass. The grid should have a perimeter frame that fits into the frame of the window. Tilt the trap nailer that when you take a pin nail, then it hooks both sides of the grid frame and shoots down at a 30 degree angle over the glass.

Shoot pin nails around the outside of the window, spaced. Fill the nail holes if the frame is on the house’s outside. If the frame is inside, use a putty that is color-matched adhere to fill the holes.

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