Glass Detective


Can I Use Steel Wool to Clean Auto Glass?

The Case of the Cleaning Compounds Question: Dear Glass Detective, When cleaning the interior of an automobile windshield that is fogging, is it recommended to use an abrasive step in the cleaning process? Most of the car care “how-to” videos and postings online all seem to include an initial “abrasive” step which uses a nylon […]

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Recycling Glass Bottles

The Case of the Broken Bottle Build Question: Dear Glass Detective, I am tired of seeing glass bottles and jars not getting recycled. I am wondering two things—first, is there an R-value for broken glass, such as gabion glass or broken bottles? Secondly, I want to build a fence made of broken or whole glass […]

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What Causes a Mirror to Tarnish?

The Case of the Malicious Mirror Mastic Question: Dear Glass Detective, I have had 3 sets of 2 brilliant-cut glass mirrors made over the last 20 years. The mirrors had birds carved in them and they looked fantastic when new. However, none have lasted more than a few years without tarnishing badly—the silvering turns misty […]

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Spontaneously Exploding Glass Tabletops

The Case of the Furniture Frustrations   Question: Dear Glass Detective, I am an importer and distributor of furniture that uses tempered glass from China. I have received increased calls over spontaneously exploding glass tabletops. What can I do to ensure, or lessen, the chance of this happening? The occurrence of this happening while someone […]

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Glass Wind Barrier for Decks

The Case of the Broken Balcony Wind Barrier Question: Dear Glass Detective, I recently had a glass windscreen installed on my deck. The contractor used laminated glass and a number of cracks have appeared on several of the panels. Should tempered glass have been used instead of laminated? Thanks for your help, Bill C. Laguna […]

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Can a Metalized Windshield Be Repaired?

Join the Glass Detective as he takes on the Case of Mending the Metalized Windshield. Find out more about metalized, or athermic, windshields and whether or not they can be repaired.

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Window Security Solutions

Join the Glass Detective as he takes on The Case of the Bedroom Burglary. Learn about your options when it comes to in-home window security.

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Building a Glass Bible Display Case

Join the Glass Detective as he takes on The Case of the Biblical Box. Find out what it takes to cut the perfect glass display case.

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Choosing a Glass Railing System

Join the Glass Detective as he takes on The Case of the Reliable Railing Recommendations. Looking to add a glass railing system? The Glass Detective has tips for what your options could be and whether or not you should hire a pro for the install.

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Are Glass Bottles a Sustainable Alternative to Plastic?

The Glass Detective takes on The Case of the Recycled Receptacle to answer the question of which material is more sustainable, glass or plastic.

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