Posts by Lyle Hill


Fire Rated Glazing

Windows for Fire-Prone Areas Question: Hi Glass Detective, I am remodeling a bathroom. The remodel will include a 24 inch wide by 10 inch high slider window. The fixed and slider portions will be dual glass pane panels (double glazed). The base of this window will be 6.5 feet off the bathroom floor. We live […]

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How to Replace Sliding Patio Door Glass

The Case of the Do Not DIY Door Question: Good Morning Glass Detective,  I am preparing to replace the glass only in an old aluminum sliding door. The frame is not thermally broken, however, the glass is insulated. The outside-to-outside dimension of the aluminum slider extrusion is 1”. I am guessing that the glass panes […]

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New Windshield Breaks (Again) After Installation

The Case of the Windshield that Keeps Cracking Question: Hello Glass Detective, My windshield was replaced through an insurance claim on Thursday. I noticed yesterday (the following Tuesday) there is a crack at the same spot as the old one- right behind the rear view mirror. I’m afraid the company that handled the replacement will […]

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Insulated Glass Info

The Case of the Inquisitive Insulation Question: Dear Glass Detective, Please help me understand technical information regarding the glass components of an insulated glass (also known as insulating glass) unit. Here are my questions: What residential construction industry standards or recommendations are there for the individual thickness of glass panes?  What residential construction industry standards […]

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Cleaning Shower Doors

The Case of the Slimy, Steamed Up Shower Door Question: Dear Glass Detective, My husband needed a shower chair in the shower due to a balancing problem. My glass shower has three sides. They were always bright and shiny. Now all of a sudden one panel is completely foggy all the time. I always use […]

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Is it Possible to Cut Tempered Glass?

The Case of the Bookcase Glass Dear Glass Detective, I have an old, low-value, deep bookcase/display cabinet that originally had sliding frameless tempered glass doors. Recessed metal tracks are present top and bottom to guide the doors as they slide, one behind the other. I’d like to get replacements, but the glass retailers I’ve encountered […]

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Are Laminated Glass Hurricane Windows Also Burglar Resistant?

Follow the Glass Detective as he takes on The Case of Hurricane Glass vs. Home Intruders. Are laminated hurricane glass windows burglar-resistant too? FInd out more here.

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What Type of Glass Do I Use in a Glass Railing System?

Follow the Glass Detective as he takes on The Case of the Reticent Railing Remodeler. Find out what glass thickness is safe for porch railing building codes and what other safety factors to consider.

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What is the Strongest Type of Glass?

Follow along as the Glass Detective takes on the case of The Novel Novelist to determine the strongest type of glass for deterring thieves from breaking and entering the home of a high art jewelry designer.

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What is Soundproof Glass?

Can You Hear Me Now? Dear Glass Detective, What is soundproof glass? Steve Wakefield, MA About Soundproof Glass Dear Steve, Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your question asking what soundproof glass is.  I would like to begin answering this by changing the term from “soundproof” to “sound reducing” or “sound-absorbing”. Depending on […]

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