When you are working in an area where a washer or nut can drop into a delicate assembly or be difficult to retrieve, use dental floss. Fasten one end of a long piece of floss to the part and the other end to something solid. When the parts are finally installed, the dental floss can either be cut off or, as in the case of a nut, it will come right off because it will be cut by the threading action.
Here’s how to reglaze those old broken window panes. First, remove the old glazing compound with a propane torch and putty knife. Carefully remove the old glass and clean the (groove) with a soft wire brush. Apply a thin bead of backglazing, replace the glass, and gently place the push points every eight inches to hold the pane in. Apply a generous bead of fresh glazing compound and smooth it with your putty knife.