Getting Started with DIY Fixed
DIY ecoGlazed Fixed Windows
We recommend you install one fixed (non opening) window to become familiar with the process before diving into installing ecoGlaze on all your windows.
There are 3 videos in the installation series. It is essential to watch all 3. They are:
- How to Estimate and Order
- Check Measure and Cut
They are in that order for a reason so here goes.
How to Estimate and Order
Here is a summary of the first video.
This is how you measure:
- Firstly check to make sure there is enough space to install ecoGlaze. There needs to be sufficient space to allow for the air pocket between the glass and the acrylic and for the depth of the moulding.
- This is the space measured from the glass to the inside edge of the frame.
- You will need to have a minimum depth of 40mm to allow enough space between the ecoGlaze® panel and your existing glass. Normally, timber framed windows have much more than this.
The distance from the glass to the inside edge of the frame must be a minimum of 40mm.
When you have confirmed you have sufficient space to install ecoGlaze you will need to record your window measurements.
- In your email you will have received a link to your personal DIY ecoGlaze Estimate sheet
This will be an active sheet and will automatically calculate the number of sets you will need.
- Measure the lite (glass) in your window:
You only need to measure one side and either the top or bottom of your window.
If you are ordering for just one window to experience the installation process you will obviously only be measuring one window.
However, if you are confident with your installation abilities and have several fixed windows, continue to record your window measurements in this format.
Record one lite per row in the sheet as per the example.
A DIY ecoGlaze Fixed Set comprises:
1. One Fixed Moulding – 2100 mm long with two magnet strips
2. One corresponding Fixed Angle with adhesive strip applied to the back of the broad face.
3. EMV 2100mm long (ecoMaster V Seal)
For your first installation you will also need to order the ecoGlaze Fixed installation kit.
You only need one Installation Kit to install all your Fixed Windows. You will find this product on the drop down menu under Glazing.
The kit can be ordered via www.ecoMasterStore.com.au
Once you have this kit it can be used when you are installing ecoGlaze in all your other Fixed windows.
The ecoGlaze installation kit comprises:
- 1 x Mitre Box
- 2 x Adhesive tools
- 3 x Spacers
- 2 x Acrylic test sheets
When you press Order Now, you will go to the ecoMasterStore website to complete you order.
The webstore page you will land on will look like this:
You enter the quantity shown on your Estimate sheet in the “Quantity” on the webstore.
Then choose the colour of the sets you need.
They come in White Aluminium or Raw Timber.
The raw timber can be painted or stained to match your existing window frames. We do not supply the paint or the stain.
Once your order has been placed shipping costs will be added for the total cost.
When your order is placed you will receive:
1. An email confirming your order
2. An email containing the installation videos
3. An email when your order is despatched
When you receive your order, you will also receive summarised installation instructions. These will refer you again to the installation video links which will explain in great detail how to undertake this installation.
It is imperative you follow all the fine details explained and shown in the videos to achieve a professional high performance result.
There are a few situations that can make it difficult or not possible to install DIY ecoGlaze Fixed.
Some of these include
- Windows fitted with Plantation Shutters. These can take up the room required for ecoGlaze. As a minimum they will need to be removed to facilitate installation and refitted afterwards.
- Non-Square windows can be treated but this is not suitable for DIY. Professional installation is suggested.
- In rare instances one or more sections of the framing surrounding the glass (the reveal) is not perpendicular to the glass surface. This usually occurs in bespoke and rustic windows. ecoGlaze Fixed cannot be fitted in these instances.
- DIY ecoGlaze Fixed is not suitable for roof or skylight glazing.
Non-Square windows can be treated but require professional installation.
The ecoGlaze system will suit most timber fixed framed windows, however Plantation Shutters can get in the way. If there is still the minimum 40mm space behind the Plantation Shutters then you will need to remove the Shutters before installing ecoGlaze and replace them when the job is completely finished.
CHECK MEASURE AND CUT
Now we will show you how to cut your DIY ecoGlaze Fixed Sets to the correct size.
You will need:
- a metric measuring tape
- a sharp pencil
- a clean microfibre cloth
- a small amount of blue tack
- a hacksaw with a new fine-toothed blade
- your DIY ecoGlaze Fixed Installation Kit (highlighted above in the blue box)
Check Measure Your Window:
You will receive the DIY ecoGlaze Fixed Measure and Cut Form
If you need more click here to download more
Write each window a room and location onto the form
- room/window (e.g. dining / left)
Write the identifier within that window (many windows have more than 1 lite)
- lite identifier (top left)
Measure the internal length of each lite (in mm)
Once you have all four measurements, simply follow the instructions on the DIY ecoGlaze Fixed Measure and Cut Form to work out the length you need for the fixed angles, the fixed mouldings and the acrylic panel.
The Form tells you the number of millimetres to subtract from each measurement for each component.
HINT: It’s good practice to measure twice.
NOTE: Cut your longest angles first to ensure you get the most out of each set length.
- Select an ecoGlaze Fixed Set and remove the fixed angle from the set.
- The DIY ecoGlaze Fixed Measure and Cut Form will tell you the length of each fixed angle.
- Use your measuring tape and pencil to mark where to cut on the fixed angle. (Measure twice!)
- Use a drop saw if you have one, or the mitre box included in the kit to cut the angle.
- Square cut the fixed angle. (watch from 3:40)
- Write the room/window, lite, and the locator, B for the bottom, T for top, L for left, and R for right on the inside face of the angle.
- Clean the cut angle using your microfibre cloth.
- Repeat the process for the other three fixed angles
CUTTING THE FIXED MOULDINGS
NOTE: Cut your longest fixed mouldings first to ensure you get the most out of each set length.
- Cutting the fixed mouldings to fit your windows requires a cut at each end. The first is a bevel cut and the second is a square cut to length.
- The DIY ecoGlaze fixed Measure and Cut form will tell you the length of each fixed moulding.
- Begin by making the bevel cut.
- It is critically important that you cut the mouldings the right way.
- The left-hand side of each fixed moulding will have a bevel cut. There is a bevel cut slot in the mitre box for this. If you are using a drop saw, then you will need to use 31.6 degrees to the left of centre.
- The right-hand end of the fixed moulding will need a square cut.
- Use your measuring tape and pencil to mark where to cut on the fixed moulding.
- Measure twice!
- Write the room/window, lite, and the locator, B for bottom, T for top, L for left, and R for right on the fixed moulding.
- Repeat the process for the other three fixed mouldings.
Now, we’re ready to fit.
Watch all of the video before commencing this step.
Clean all the lites of each window plus the window reveals thoroughly.
Fit the Bottom and Top Fixed Angles:
- Decide how far you want to set the fixed angles from the glass.
- Use either side of the fitting spacer for a depth measurement from the glass to the DIY ecoGlaze Fixed System of 20 mm or 25 mm.
- You can choose your own depth if you prefer but you will need to provide your own spacers.
- Fit small blobs of Blue Tack to the back of the spacers.
- Place the spacers in both bottom corners of your window.
- Place the ecoGlaze bottom angle with the wider face to the window surround and the shorter face towards the glass. The thin edge is facing you.
- Test fit the bottom fixed angle. If it’s too long, you’ll need to trim it.
- Hold the fixed angle with the thin face towards you.
- Remove about a 100 mm of the liner from the back of each end of the fixed angle and lay the loose liner towards you.
- Holding the fixed angle against the spacers, slide it down until it makes contact with the window surround and tack it on.
- Gradually slide out the liner from under the fixed angle. Work from each end of the fixed angle, until you remove it completely at the middle of the lite.
- Do not press the fixed angle down until all the liner is out.
- Press the fixed angle down hard to activate the adhesive on the back.
- Use one of the adhesive tools to press out the fixed angle.
- Press hard all the way along twice, providing point force all the way.
- Repeat this process for the Top Angle.
Test fit the left and right fixed angles.
- Take the right hand side fixed angle, remove about 100 mm of liner from each end.
- Place the short side against the top and bottom fixed angle and slide it to the surround until it tacks on.
- Carefully remove the liner from beneath the fixed angle.
- Once it’s been fully removed, use the adhesive tool to press out the fixed angle hard into the surround.
- Repeat the procedure for the left hand side angle.
Fitting the EMV Tape:
EMV makes up the difference in levels between the top and bottom fixed angles and the side fixed angles.
- Using scissors, cut the EMV to length and fix it, so the point of the V faces up on the bottom fixed angle and down on the top fixed angle.
- Use the adhesive tool to ensure the EMV looks well bonded with the fixed angle.
Test Fit the Mouldings FIRST
- To make sure the mouldings are going to fit they need to be test fitted first.
- Prepare the four fixed mouldings within easy reach.
- All of the fixed mouldings should have a bevel cut on the left and a square cut on the right.
- Working clockwise, starting with the right fixed moulding.
- Place the fixed moulding with the magnet side to the broad face of the fixed angle.
- Grab hold of the right fixed moulding and place it on the right fixed angle.
- Push the square cut end hard into the top of the lite.
- This will leave a gap at the bottom.
- While holding the fixed moulding in place with your right hand, use your left hand to grab hold of the bottom fixed moulding.
- Slip the square end of the bottom fixed moulding into the gap under the right one.
- It should just slip in.
- If it doesn’t slip in:
- The right fixed moulding may be slightly too long.
- Trim the square end a little.
- Do not trim the bevel edge.
- When the bottom fixed moulding slips in under the end of the right fixed moulding, remove the right fixed moulding and set it aside.
- Hold the bottom fixed moulding hard to the right with your right hand.
- Grab the left fixed moulding with your left hand and slip the square end into the gap at the left end of the bottom fixed moulding.
- Ensure that doing this does not push the end of the bottom fixed moulding outwards. It should slip in without disturbing the bottom fixed moulding.
- Continue around the window surround until you slip the right fixed moulding up into the gap left by the top fixed moulding.
- At this point, you have confirmed that all the mouldings fit.
Fitting the Mouldings:
When you have sourced the actual acrylic panel, it will be captured between the fixed angles and the fixed mouldings. To ensure we fit the fixed mouldings in exactly the right place, the DIY ecoGlaze Fixed Installation Kit includes two sections of acrylic to mimic the whole acrylic panel.
- Start with the bottom fixed moulding, place a piece of acrylic into each corner of the fixed angle.
- Using the bottom fixed moulding, remove about 100 mm of the tape liner from the left hand end only and lay it towards you.
- Push the right hand end of the fixed moulding hard into the right end of the fixed angle.
- We want to fit the fixed moulding hard up against the acrylic panel.
- Be careful not to leave a gap between the fixed moulding and the acrylic panel.
- While pushing into the acrylic panel at the left hand end, bring the fixed moulding down to meet the fixed angle until it tacks onto it.
- While always pushing towards the acrylic panel, remove a little more of the liner and press down on the fixed moulding.
- Slide the acrylic panel along as needed so that you are always pushing against the acrylic.
- When all of the liner is removed, give the fixed moulding a push down all the way along and then remove it.
- This is easily done by slipping a finger under the left hand side where the gap is.
- The lower magnet should now be stuck to the fixed angle.
- The next step is to use the adhesive tool to press the magnet hard into the fixed angle.
- Use either end of the tool to apply point pressure to the magnet.
- Starting at the right hand end, press firmly down into the magnet and drag the adhesive tool along the magnet to the middle.
- Lift the tool and repeat the process from the left hand end to the middle.
- Repeat the process once more, so you are pressing out twice. Always work from each end to the middle.
- Work clockwise to install the other fixed mouldings in the same way.
- It’s handy to get someone to help hold the acrylic panel in place while fitting the sides and the top.
Check the Acrylic Measurements:
- From the DIY ecoGlaze Fixed Measure and Cut Form, double check that the measurements you entered are correct before you order your acrylic panel.
- Double check the measurements of the physical ecoGlaze frame you have created within the fixed angles, so that the acrylic panel you order will fit correctly.
- This is why acrylic should be ordered after the fixed mouldings have been installed.
- The acrylic panel is not meant to fit snugly.
- The panel size should fit within the frame easily with some gap on each side and at the top. This is to allow expansion of the panel when it gets hot.
- Source the acrylic panel from one of our suppliers or from a local supplier.
Install the Acrylic Panel:
Once you have the acrylic panel
- Remove all 4 mouldings from the lite.
- Test fit to make sure you have the correct panel for this lite.
- Leaving the panel in the ecoGlaze Fixed frame, remove the panel liner and clean the panel.
- Turn the panel around, remove the liner from the second face and clean it.
- Leave the panel in place and fit the fixed mouldings back onto their magnets.
- We use and recommend the ecoGlaze Cleaner to keep your acrylic clean and looking great.
- This is available from ecoMasterStore.com.au /ecoGlaze_Cleaner
Take Photos and Send Them to Us:
- We want to celebrate your success! So send the photos of your installation to us so the whole team can celebrate another window that has ecoGlaze – all the benefits and cheaper than double glazing!