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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
I know you didn't, thats why I went into such (probably excrutiating ;)) detail, so you knew I acctually had real reasons behind my opinion and wasn't just being a reactionary jerk to you (hope that came across :D))
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
(I also believe the number of comments it took to post that serves to prove my point about the format of this site vs. an actual forum! :D)
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
Someone bodges the electrics its 'dangerous', but theres a 99.999% chance that what happens is one or two safety devices 'up-wire' will operate and a pro will fix it (need proof? Check out DIYNOT and see how many people say 'I replaced my ceiling rose now whenever I turn on the switch it goes bang'). I have never heard of someone dieing as a direct result of poor DIY. I can completely see where you are coming from, but I think sites like this are a very valuable resource, and knowledge should't be hidden because someone might hurt themselves with it.
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
or cutting their walls they will realise when a job really is over their head and stop (and if they don't they'll at least realise when they messed up and call a pro to fix it) c. (This one is a bit contentious!) Both our buildings and the creatures that inhabit them are alot more resilient than we give them credit for. The last time I was in Egypt the truck driver pulled over and proceeded to top up its brake fluid res. with tap water - you suggest that on here and half the members would have kittens! but I'm guessing he'd been doing it for years and will continue to do it for many more.
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
but if every other question on here was answered with the latter, this site wouldn't exist for very long! My thinking on this is three fold: a. If someone has managed to find their way here, and ask a question in such a way that it can be sensibly answered, they must have an idea of what they are doing. b. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, I tend to think people aren't that stupid, and although they may say "well im going to do it anyway!", when they acctually get to clearing the site, or pulling off the bumper,
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
The thing is, unlike UltimateHandyman or Diynot, the Q&A format of the Stackexchange sites doesn't lend itself well for indepth conversations, in which the provider of assistance can get to know and gauge the capabilities of the receiver over a long conversation. The whole site is designed to be about brief, fact based, generic questions and comprehensive but to the point answers, which leave us with a choice: answer a question and risk encouraging someone of suspect competance to do a job that may result in disaster later on, or respond with 'Call a pro'(TM). I see why the first is scary,
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
Its always tricky when answering questions like this, I know. Some of the 'average joes' I know couldn't design a dog house that stayed up overnight but others' capabilities far outweigh some of the many professionals in the many trades I have dealt with. I hope my response did not seem terse, I was simply stating there was an appropriate resource that could be used for the task; I don't intend to appear confrontational, but you don't know anything about me, or many others who may read this (I really don't, but its very very hard to say that without sounding it :D)
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
unfortunately I'm not sure how much use this will be to anyone else as without access through something like that a copy costs a couple hundred pounds!
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
In the UK we have the BS 5516 which is the code of practice for design and installation of patent glazing (which is the edge supported glass roofing I was interested in). This includes maps and tables for determining things such as snow and wind loading, and example calculations for using these and other criteria for determining the load on the glass, and then selecting an appropriate thickness for the loads and span using the included graphs. I knew someone who worked for a university who got me a copy from Athens (which provides access to things like this to different institutions)
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
...large manufacturer my supplier referred me to. I'll read up on Mohrs Circle, thank you! @mgb - my project is small enough that building control does not apply so the thought of using the regs as a reference went completely over my head, thank you! I will look them up now.
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
@Doresoom - I contacted a supplier but they didn't have any technical information on the glass. The response I got implied that they recieved "standard" clear glass (they cut and toughen it) from a couple of suppliers. While I obviously don't think theres such a thing as standard glass it is more believeable that for many common small building projects (conservatories, etc), glass with similar properties is used. I know this isn't a very good question but was hoping that there was an equation, liked the one you linked, that I could use to get a couple of specific values to request from the...
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comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
@Doresoom, sorry no pane is on a 1/3 (33deg.) pitch roof.
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