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Damage when drilling a mirror — normal or not?

Is my cabinet maker correct They are right that drilling clean holes in glass is more difficult than in wood or steel. In my opinion, they are not right to say that visible cracking around the hole ...
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

Any glass intended for a kitchen is almost certainly tempered. You cannot modify tempered glass. It will explode or disintegrate. Even if it's not, you're unlikely to be successful without specialized ...
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Damage when drilling a mirror — normal or not?

I used to work for a company that built machines that drilled these holes (though we did it in much larger pieces, usually 3/4" to 2" thickness). It's not a hard process, it's slightly expensive, but ...
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Can I lean a ladder against tempered glass without damaging the window?

Even if the windows were super thick, it wouldn't be strong enough to handle the pressure exerted by a properly positioned ladder. A ladder is supposed to be sloped 25%, like this: With someone ...
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How can I drill a hole in tempered glass without shattering it?

You can't. The tempered glass will completely shatter if this is even attempted. If you absolutely must have tempered glass with a hole in it, the hole or any other shaping must be done before the ...
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

Glass does not take well to sanding, cutting, etc. It can be done, but not so easily. It is even harder on an assembled large object, as opposed to large flat sheets. On the other hand, wood and ...
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Is it possible to add privacy film to a textured glass door?

Generally no. If one side of the glass has the texture, perhaps the other does not? Alternatives are get it sandblasted, or attach a stretched curtain apply a second pane, treated as you wish, to ...
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Can I lean a ladder against tempered glass without damaging the window?

Don't do it. Put the ladder above the window, then clean by putting your arms through the rungs. Shouldn't the windows have a way to tilt them inward and clean from inside the house? Most every ...
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

If the hood is this kind of arrangement, basically a pair of glass wings extending from a central machine .... my suggestion is return it and buy something different. No matter what you do it's going ...
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Can I lean a ladder against tempered glass without damaging the window?

Either use a A frame ladder or a squeegee on a pole. I personally wouldn't trust my health on the structural strength of glass.
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How can I drill a hole in tempered glass without shattering it?

You cannot cut or drill heat tempered glass. Not waterjet, not laser, not hot needle, not under water. Physics, not technique. There is no secret formula for cutting or drilling tempered glass. ...
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How can I determine if a mirror is tempered glass or not?

First really look for the watermarks. These are usually ultrafaint in a corner. They could even be upside down. Second look for any chips on the edges. If there are chips it isn't tempered. ...
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Damage when drilling a mirror — normal or not?

The level of cracking you're showing on the left is not normal. There is some roughness around the hole on the right which is generally normal. Actually, the hole on the right is, more or less, what ...
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How to break a sheet of glass quietly?

Standard EMT tool for tempered glass car windows (after taping - packing tape preferred over duct tape) is an automatic center punch. A hammer and nail will work the same, it's mostly being a one-...
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Standing on a glass desk top

I would not even suggest taking the chance that it could hold you up to stand on it. Think of the possible serious injury that could result if it were to break and give way when you were standing on ...
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What is the name of this old glass pattern?

This glass pattern is "Muranese' and was first produced circa 1890. Designed by the Glasgow Plate Glass Company (Murano St in Glasgow), later acquired by Chance Brothers of Birmingham. Muranese ...
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How to correctly clamp a sliding frameless glass door panel in the slides?

I agree with Ecnerwal's general mounting advice. For a ballpark, a similar unit calls for 10 ft-lbs (14 Nm) of torque on the hex screws for "monolithic glass", or 4 ft-lbs [5 Nm] for "...
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Microwave turntable keeps turning with door open

If any part of the microwave keeps working with the door open, you need to assume it might be emitting microwaves with the door open. Unplug it and don't use it. Depending on the age and make of the ...
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Is this an emergency tool ie; seatbelt cutter/ glass breaker

That is not a glass break tool. It's a chip inserter. You put the microchip in the U shaped slot at the bottom, then use the plunger at the top to push the chip in to the circuit board or holder.
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How to white spray paint bath window for privacy?

Have you thought of a bathroom window film? It's very easy to put there, and it works really nicely. I mean one of these: They come in a variety of patterns, from plain to very fancy. I think they ...
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How to temporarily repair a hole in a window pane?

I'd do the packaging tape and call it a day. If the glass is clean it'll hold no problem. If you're really worried, silicone or similar would fill the void between the tape. Then, start looking for ...
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What causes this glass shower door hinge separation

It looks to me that the hinge is secured to the wall bracket with screws that enter from the wall side of the bracket. If this is the case it would be necessary to remove the screws that hold the wall ...
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Looking for a replacement spline for my cabinets

There are dozens and dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of types and shapes of "spline" material. I recommend that you do NOT go on a "goose chase" for an exact duplicate of what was ...
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Should I cut glass window film to size before applying?

All the videos I have seen show that the film is cut to size plus 2” or 5cm. This is so when it is laid on, a tiny error of not quite straight is dealt with - the small amount of waste is better than ...
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How to correctly clamp a sliding frameless glass door panel in the slides?

I agree that a newly purchased product with no instructions and no manufacturer inormation should probably be returned (as much because things with "no manufacturer information" are usually ...
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Can one pane of a double pane window be safely removed?

I have successfully and very gingerly broken the interior side of a double pane window and removed the shards and chips with pliers and fingers--again, gingerly. The stain/fog inside had made them ...
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How to construct a time capsule bottle?

It's really hard to assure that they won't be under load anytime in the next 50 years. Obviously, the bottles only need to break once to be ruined. Also, depending on the type of bottle, it might be ...
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2018 IBC code requirement for tempered glass windows (safety glass)

Some areas may allow you to apply a safety window film. I have only seen it on heritage houses where the original windows are essential to the character of the house but I hear it's common in ...
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

There's mentions in other posts of all sorts of changes to the glass, squeezing it in, temporarily moving the cabinets, etc. Do not compress or attempt to modify the glass in any way The glass ...
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Is it possible to add privacy film to a textured glass door?

Maybe. I have successfully applied blackout film to a door with textured glass, but a) the door was subdivided into lots of little panes; b) the glass wasn't very textured (ripples and bubbles ...

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