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Lyle Hill

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Lyle Hill has been in the glass and metal industry for more than 40 years. In this time he has managed glass retail, contract glazing, mirror, architectural window, window film, and automotive glass businesses throughout America. He obtained an MBA from IIT with a focus on Technology and Engineering Management.

Hill is also a columnist for glass industry trade magazines and often called the “face” of the glass industry. He has also authored books including “The Broken Tomato and Other Business Parables,” which is available through Amazon.

Posts by Lyle Hill

The Case of Scraping Paint Off of Windows

March 1, 2022

Question: Dear Glass Detective, I have been asked to take paint off of windows. The person said someone already tried and couldn’t do it. The paint has been on for years and the sun hits the windows hard. I know I will have to scrape, but is there a product that I can use and […]

What to Do About a Cracked or Broken Car Windshield

March 1, 2022

Did your windshield just break and now you're not sure what to do? Whether a minor break or crack out of the driver's viewing area, you need to get it fixed. Discover the steps you need to take to get back on the road again.

What Causes a Mirror to Tarnish?

March 1, 2022

Mirrors can suffer from tarnishing, fogging, black spot formation, de-silvering and more. So what causes mirrors to tarnish? There can be a few culprits, but there's one that's almost guaranteed to ruin a mirror. The Glass Detective explains on our blog!

The Case of the Theft Deterring Glass

March 1, 2022

Interested in making your home safer and more resistant to burglars? We offer up tips on how to fortify your home's weaker points - the windows and doors. Read more to find out how you too can protect your home from theft.

How To Choose Between Laminated vs. Tempered Safety Glass

February 18, 2022

Confused about what type of replacement glass to use in your home or business? Learn how to choose the right type of safety glass for your job today!

The Case of the Etched Shower Glass

February 18, 2022

Want to add design elements to your basic shower glass? Etched glass and backpainted glass is an excellent way to do this! Explore the possibilities here as the Glass Detective takes on the case of the etched shower glass.

A Day in the Life of a Glass Shop

February 18, 2022

A Day At The Glass Shop Have you ever wondered what it’s like at a glass shop, how they operate, or what it’s like to work in one? Here’s a first-hand account from someone with decades of industry experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgp2bZBeH-M Glass shops, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. As someone who will soon […]

Glass Railing Systems

February 18, 2022

The Case of the Reticent Railing Remodeler Dear Glass Detective, Would you please advise me whether to choose between laminated or tempered glass for a frameless glass railing system on my balcony in the 4th floor of a building? Will ½” glass be considered safe or should I ask for a thicker glass? I want […]

Mirrored Walls vs. Framed Mirrors

July 27, 2021

It used to be that walls of mirrors were for the rich and famous. Think of Versailles, where mirrors were the stuff of kings and queens. Nowadays mirrors are easy to come by. Any one of us can have mirrored walls. Most of us, however, are a little hesitant of mirrored walls in our homes. […]

What is the Best Glass for a Front Door?

July 27, 2021

The Case of the Front Door Fenestration Question: Dear Glass Detective, What is the best glass for a front door? Beth R.   Answer: Dear Beth, Thank you for reaching out to the Glass Detective at Glass.com with your question regarding the best choice for glass to be installed in your front door. While you […]

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