Knowing how to cut glass on your own can go a long way in helping you to save money that could have gone into hiring someone to do it for you. As long as caution is observed, cutting glass on your own is a very easy task. The most important tool needed in cutting glass is normally the glass cutter. A glass cutter is very affordable and it works by scoring through the surface of the glass. Once done, all you need to do is to snap the pane along the lines you have made with the glass cutter. Before even beginning to cut the glass, first of all ensure that you have procured a good quality glass that will not give you a lot of trouble while cutting. It is advisable to buy glasses from trusted mirror and glass suppliers and installations firms. Also if not sure of yourself, you can buy a cheap glass that you will try with first as a way of practicing. Glasses that are bought while cracked or chipped will tend to shutter while they are being cut. Before beginning the process, also ensure that you are wearing protective gear to ensure that the glass fragments do not injure you while you are working. Safety goggles will ensure that the tiny glass discharges will not be able to come into contact with your eyes. Protective gloves can also protect your hands against the sharp edges of the glass. Closed shoes will ensure that the glass pieces that are spread around do not pierce your feet while moving around. The first procedure will be to ensure that the glass surface is sparkling clean since dirt will interfere with the process of cutting the glass. Using a glass cleaner or solvent is the greatest way of ensuring that the glass is always clean. Use something like Agar Fast glass, you can buy this online in bulk which makes it way cheaper. Use it to wipe the whole glass and also ensure that the glass cutter is also clean as well. Prepare a clean flat surface on which to lay the glass. It is advisable to use a resilient work table with sheets of smooth paper to ensure that the surface is smooth so as to avoid scratching the glass surface. Put your glass on the resilient table and use a ruler, tape or any straight edge to measure the glass to its required dimensions. Ensure that the cut line is marked with a white crayon, a marking pencil or a sharpie. This will help in guiding you when scoring so that you can run the scoring tool accurately over the cut line. If you want clean breaks, then you will have to score it in a one continuous motion. Once you have marked your cut line and you are sure that it is accurate and satisfactory to your needs, pick the scoring tool and place it at the beginning point of the first cut line. It is normally comfortable to run the scoring tool along the line towards you but if you find it uncomfortable, then you can try running it away from you. If you have a simple clamp, you can also try using it to hold the glass down as it can help you in ensuring that you maintain a straight edge. Ensure that you maintain moderate strength while scoring the glass and if it produces a ripping sound, then it is a sign that you are doing it well. And if it sounds like there is grit on it, then you need to ease up the pressure. Continue this in a single motion until you reach the end of the cut line. Ensure that you brush away any tiny chips that might collect along the score because they may tend to damage your cutter.
Continue with the remaining cut lines until you have achieved your intended design. Do not also forget to be stopping once in a while and brush the glass shards that might be collecting on both the mirror surface and your4 work surface. If left alone, these glass shards can interfere with the accuracy of the cut lines and also damage the tool used for scoring. The idea is to always ensure that the space you are working with is always free from glass debris. Once done, it is now time to break the glass. If it is a small piece of glass, you can use your hands by firmly grasping it in both hands and placing a thumb on each side of the 1st score-line. Proceed by pressing down with both thumbs at the same time and applying the same amount of pressure. This should lead to the glass breaking along the score-lines. As mentioned earlier, it is imperative to have your protective gloves on when breaking the glass since it can break in an unexpected way hence it may end up injuring you in the process. For a larger piece of glass, place it along the ages of a surface is flat enough and ensure that the score-line is in line with the edges of the surface. The scored side should be facing down. Press down the side that is unscored and apply pressure along the score-line. This should break it cleanly. At this point, the edge of the glass will be rough and sharp. You will need to smoothen the edges using sandpaper and also apply a hermetic coating. This will render the raw edges invisible hence improve the look of the mirror and make it safe to handle. Check safeworkaustralia for glove selevtions.
You are now ready to replace the glass to the place it needs to be replaced. If you are replacing it to a window, then ensure that the putty is carefully removed from the window pane and that the window pane is cleaned so as to ensure that the surface to be replaced is smooth. Sometimes points are normally also used to hold the window in place. Ensure that they are also removed carefully. You can now go ahead and put back your new glass on the window pane and ensure that you put the right amount of putty so that the window can be firmly held into place. If not sure of yourself, you can always seek advice from mirror and glass suppliers and installations firms or training institutes who can give you more information based on their experience.