Removing Caulk Applied in 1923?

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    Rumi

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    My basement windows are made with a steel frame that tips in and up. They have three panels each. I need to replace a broken pane in one.

    What would be the best approach to remove this ancient, dried out, hardened indoor caulk? Do I try to chip it out, try heating it up, grind it out?

    Thanks guys, Rumi.
     
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    nealtw

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    What you likely have is window putty and wood frames. This a little tricky if you have never seen it one.
    Google : removing old window putty, and watch a few videos and read some of the info there.
     
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    Re-did an old house with funky windows ... two stories plus a half-buried basement.

    Start with a Putty Chaser. It allows you to use a drill and a bit to carve the bulk of the putty out of the window. Wear a mask.

    http://www.dkhardware.com/product-6...=60258978012&gclid=CK2F7teXwLoCFQmCQgoduDMACg

    Easy Off Oven Cleaner does soften the remainder making it easier to scrape out ... OR, get a heat gun, a stiff scraper, and a firm wire brush. Be persistent, patient, and determined. It will be worth it when you are done.

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    Rumi

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    Neal, the frames are definitely metal, which will be better than worrying about tearing up wood like you mentioned. :cool:

    Thanks for your ideas guys, I have a heat gun, and I'll look into the Putty Chaser as well. ;)
     

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