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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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Gorilla Glass Windshield Replacement Options for the Jeep Wrangler

The Case of the British Columbia Break Question: Dear Glass Detective, I bought my brand new 2018 Jeep just before moving from British Columbia, Canada to Alberta, Canada. While driving the Coquihalla Highway, several rocks hit my windshield. They were kicked up by a driver that overtook me on the far right shoulder. He barely […]

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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?

The Case of the Mending Metalized Material   Question:   Dear Glass Detective, Can metalized/athermic windshields with small rock chips be repaired or do they need to be replaced?  Thanks, Nathan Clarkston, MI Answer:   Dear Nathan, Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your question as to whether or not what is known […]

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Window Security Solutions

The Case of the Bedroom Burglary Question: Dear Glass Detective, If security is my main goal, how does a security film (such as 3M brand) compare to tempered or laminated glass? After a recent burglary, we want to secure our child’s bedroom window which faces the porch. Laura C. Berkeley, CA Answer: Dear Laura, Thank […]

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Building a Glass Display Case

The Case of the Biblical Box Question: Dear Glass Detective, A friend and I are planning to build a secure, yet (hopefully) beautiful museum display for a small non-profit organization Bible display. We have a very small budget and are trying to economize as much as possible. To that end, I was thinking of purchasing […]

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Choosing a Glass Railing System

The Case of the Reliable Railing Recommendations   Question: Dear Glass Detective, I want to install a glass railing in front of an opening that measures 120-inches by 44-inches by 120-inches. The railing is meant to protect the opening. Do you have any advice that might be helpful in getting me pointed in the right […]

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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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