Posts by Lyle Hill


The Case of the Glass Stairway Railing

The Glass Detective takes on the case of the glass stairway railing and answers a question about the best type of glass to use for railings and balcony barriers. Safety is paramount in these cases so read on to find out more.

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The Case of Load Resistance for Tempered Glass

The Glass Detective explores different types of load resistance that glass must endure including wind load and dead load and the best method for finding these figures for different types of glass. Find out more.

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The Case of the Clear Glass Shelving

The Glass Detective explores options for glass shelving used for furniture when a concerned citizen inquires about glass tint colors. Be it blue, green or clear, different tints can be applied to the glass to achieve the desired look. Learn more.

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The Case of Glass Thicknesses

Follow the Glass Detective as he takes on the Case of Glass Thicknesses. Is thicker glass always better? The Glass Detective tackles a tough question about what thickness of glass should be used for a particular project. Learn more.

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The Case of Scraping Paint Off of Windows

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 […]

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The Case of Glass Thermal Ratings

Question: What is the thermal rating for laminated glass compared with double glazing? Is double glazing safety glass the same as laminated glass.? Thank you. -Dave H. Papakura, New Zealand Answer: Dave, Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your question regarding what you refer to as “glass thermal ratings”. The quick response is […]

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The Case of Laminated Versus Double Glazed Glass

Question: Dear Glass Detective, I am building a retirement home for my husband and I, and have had two quotes – one for laminated glass and the other for double glazed glass, the second one being more expensive. I do not understand the supplier’s explanation of the differences between the two. Could you help me […]

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The Case of the Glass Staircase Railing

Question: Dear Glass Detective, We would like glass to go clear down to our stair landing. We know it needs to be safety glass. If one were to fall down the stairs, into the glass, and break through it, they would fall another 5ft. down to a deck. We assume a guard rail might be […]

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The Case of the Tractor Windshield

Question: Dear Glass Detective, Kubota offers a tempered glass windshield for 2 of their models that have a maximum speed of 25 mph. The model I have is supposed to go 29 mph and Kubota says that’s too fast for the tempered windshield. Their tempered model is $750 and the laminated model is $1200. Does […]

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The Case of the Re-purposed Shower Door

Question: I would like to re-purpose a 1/4″ (6mm) tempered glass shower door as a sloped awning over an entry. The dimensions of the glass are 30″x60″. My question is whether there is a chart available that can tell you what thickness of glass is needed for what loads? There would be a 40″ span, […]

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