Posts by Lyle Hill


Are Glass Bottles a Sustainable Alternative to Plastic?

The Case of the Recycled Receptacle   Question: Dear Glass Detective, Can half-gallon or one-gallon milk bottles be made with toughened (tempered) glass so the container will not easily break? In the event it does crack, or shatter, can it be easily collected and repurposed-melted back to a glass bottle and reused or recycled? I […]

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What is the Best Type of Glass for a Solarium?

The Case of the Solarium Selection Question: Dear Glass Detective, I live in upstate New York and want to add a south-facing solarium addition to my home. Because it is south facing, it will not have any shade. It will be small—approximately 6-feet wide by 11-feet long. The solarium will feature glass sides and a […]

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What are the Standards for Frameless Glass Door Thicknesses?

The Case of the Partition Performance   Question: Dear Glass Detective, What are the industry standard thicknesses for interior frameless tempered glass doors and partitions? We are using continuous head and sill channels for the partitions and patch fittings for the doors. The doors and walls vary in height; typically 8-feet, 9-feet and 10-feet. The […]

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How Do I Clean a Dirty Etched Shower Door?

The Case of the Scummy Etched Glass Shower Door Question: Dear Glass Detective: I have an etched glass shower door. It always looks dirty and covered with soap scum. I am a thorough cleaner, but it never gets clean. I also accidentally sprayed shower cleaner on the etched glass and can’t get rid of that […]

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The Relative Strength of Tempered Glass Versus Laminated Glass

The Case of the Relative Railing Question: Dear Glass Detective, I am trying to determine the relative strength of half-inch tempered glass versus a composition of two quarter-inch tempered glass pieces with a .060-inch interlayer between. The application is for a glass guardrail. Can you advise me? Thank you, Brad J. Answer: Dear Brad, Thank […]

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Can Polycarbonate Panels Protect Against Sports Damage?

The Case of the Polycarbonate Paneling Question: Dear Glass Detective, I’m contacting you on behalf of our neighborhood.  We would like a hockey wall or something similar that can protect us from golf balls. We’ve seen something on your website about polycarbonate and want to know if we can install a couple of panels in […]

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Using Tempered Glass in Large Picture Windows

The Case of the Distortion Distress   Question: Dear Glass Detective, I want a picture window roughly 8-feet by 8-feet that has to use safety glass for code requirements. Will a tempered glass pane this size have any obvious visual clarity or distortion looking through it? Thank you, Kirk M. Manson, WA Answer: Dear Kirk, […]

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ATM Machine Glass

The Case of the Laminated LED Lite Question: Hi Glass Detective, We are designing an enclosure for an automated teller machine (ATM). The enclosure has LED screens on the surface. The client has requested that a layer of glass be placed 2-inches from the LED screens. There are two glass sheets sized 102-inches by 43-inches […]

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What Causes Condensation on My Windows?

The Case of the Condensation Concern   Question: Dear Glass Detective, I have new replacement triple-pane windows and I live in central New York. The windows were installed in July. Since then, the windows have had heavy condensation on the outside on several occasions. The windows they replaced never had that problem. What could cause […]

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What’s The Best Glass for an Office Reception Area Counter?

The Case of the Laminated Lobby Glass Question: Dear Glass Detective, We are considering enhancing the safety and security of our staff in the reception area. We have a public access lobby area where our clients wait until they can be served. There is a reception counter but we are considering putting up a tasteful […]

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