Posts by Lyle Hill


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

The Case of the Reticent Railing Remodeler   Dear Glass Detective: I’m planning a glass railing for my porch. The opening is 13’8” wide and the glass will be 35” tall sitting on five spigots. It will be attached at both ends with no top railing. Will 1/2” tempered glass meet Michigan building codes? Sincerely, […]

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What is the Strongest Type of Glass?

The Case of the Novel Novelist   Dear Glass Detective: I’m working on a novel and am in search of education on windows for a scene I’d like to create. It involves a high art jewelry designer who works out of a studio in her home. The room is 40 feet long. It faces East. […]

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What is Soundproof Glass?

Can You Hear Me Now? Dear Glass Detective, What is soundproof glass? Steve Wakefield, MA 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 the level of […]

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The OEM vs. Aftermarket Windshield Debate

Question Regarding OEM vs. Aftermarket Glass Dear Glass Detective, My 2014 BMW X3 with HUD and rain sensor got chip from highway stone impact. My insurance company seemed to indicate 3 levels of windshield glass. OE, OEM, and after market. Two suppliers have given me different information. I pay for 0 dollar deductible, and think […]

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The Case of the Double Pane Window Upgrade

The Glass Detective takes a look into double pane window upgrades, their benefits, and other beneficial upgrades when purchasing new windows. Find out where laminated window glass and “Low-E” glass coating should be installed in the resolution to the case of the double pane window upgrades.

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The Case of Starphire Glass

The Glass Detective reflects on Starphire glass by discussing the benefits and drawbacks of using this high-definition mirror in your home. Read more to learn about low-e glass coatings, window film, and the resolution to the case of the Starphire glass.

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The Case of the Machinery Protection Glass

The Glass Detective takes on the case of the Machinery Protection Glass and talks about what type of glass is the best choice for shields made to protect workers when working with machinery. Find out more.

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The Case of Finding Clear Glass

Most glass has a green tint to it. But what if you want crystal clear glass? The Glass Detective is on the case! Find out more about the manufacturing differences and where to buy clear glass

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The Case of the Etched Shower Glass

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.

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The Case of the Dangerous Broken Auto Glass

Is auto glass sharp when it breaks? Can it cause injuries in the even of an accident? Perhaps a recent accident has left you wondering. We have answers. Find out more here.

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