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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Window Restoration Tips from A to Z

Do you live in an older home? Are you trying to figure out if you should replace your windows, or if you can repair or restore them? We’ll help you find out the differences between restoration and replacement and which one is right for you. Sometimes old historic windows add to a home’s charm the […]

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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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What’s an Infinity Mirror and How Can I Use One in My Home?

If you want to make just about any room in your house look bigger, brighter and more open, adding some mirrors can help do the trick. Mirrors come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and styles. You can buy framed or unframed infinity mirrors. But how about those wild infinity mirrors? You may have […]

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How to Wash Your Car in the Winter

No one likes to wash their car in the cold, but no one likes driving around a dirty car all winter either. One day of driving through salt and dirty snow can leave your car looking like it hasn’t been washed in months. It’s not just the aesthetics that you need to keep in mind. […]

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Should You Wash Your Car in Direct Sunlight?

Washing your car may seem like an “asked and answered” question, but many struggle with the idea of washing or not washing their vehicle based on the weather. Even detailing experts aren’t clear on if you should or shouldn’t wash your car in the direct sunlight. Not Choosing Direct Sunlight The first reason to avoid […]

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What is Colored Mirror?

Ready to freshen up your home’s interior? You’ve probably already thought about new paint, carpet and furniture. Maybe you’ve even looked into new windows and window treatments. But what about mirrors? You’re probably thinking, “Really? Mirror?” Are you envisioning outdated décor, complete with floor to ceiling mirror walls? Well, put those thoughts aside. We’re not […]

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Laminated vs. Tempered Side Windows in Vehicles

You may have seen it in the news recently—instances of someone getting stuck in their vehicle after an accident because the car was equipped with laminated side windows. Laminated windows are nearly impossible to break with traditional glass-break tools. These small devices are carried in many driver’s gloveboxes because they easily break car windows so […]

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