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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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Temporarily replacing one pane of glass in a double-pane door

In any case, a dual-pane sealed unit (normal for glass doors and most modern windows) does not easily give up the remains of a broken pane - the edges are glued firmly to the spacer separating the two ...
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Temporarily replacing one pane of glass in a double-pane door

I would overlay acrylic sheet with permanent double-sided foam tape around the edges of the broken pane. This will encapsulate the broken glass for safety and provide some measure of insulation value.
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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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Securing a glass set of shelves to a glass wall

If we let OP do the parenting and focus on attaching a tube to glass in a harsh outdoor environment: Get a security anchor base plate AKA "cable lock anchor". The linked one is just an ...
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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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How to mute water drops on a glass canopy?

Invite building management over next time it rains. Demonstrate the annoying noise and mention that, should there ever be an icicle form off that pipe in the winter, it could break loose and ...
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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 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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How to make my privacy balcony glass more transparent?

No. You would need to replace the glass. The process in which glass is etched/frosted is not reversible. There are two methods used to etch glass: Chemically. An acid is used to physically remove ...
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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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Securing a glass set of shelves to a glass wall

silicone. that's how aquariums are put together, sheets of glass are joined with silicone at the edges. You can always test it yourself: silicone each of those three pieces of glass to the wall, and ...
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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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Securing a glass set of shelves to a glass wall

Ignoring the context and answering the question strictly as asked, consider attaching it to the ground instead of to the glass wall. It's hard to discern materials from the photo, but the legs look ...
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How do I replace glass in a non-insulated window for my storage building?

Looks like an aluminum framed storm window. Get the sash out and take it to a hardware store or glass company. Or stop and take more pictures of both sides if you want to tackle it yourself. Can't see ...
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How to mute water drops on a glass canopy?

A very low key solution would be to glue (or tie with a string if the setup is suitable) a sponge (the kind used for washing dishes) onto the aluminum pane on the spot where the drops hit. Such a ...
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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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How can I cut 10mm tempered glass?

Based on some web-searching it is not possible to cut tempered glass directly. The glass must be annealed first, which reduces or removes the tempering, Then the glass can be cut in the normal ways. ...
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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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