How to Creatively Use Glass Around Your Home

3 Tips To Improve Your Glass Cutting Technique

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Creating crafts using pieces of cut glass can be exciting, but only if you are able to successfully cut your glass components with ease. In order to ensure that your glass projects turn out like you want them to, you need to take the time to improve your glass cutting technique. Here are three tips you can use to make cutting glass a little easier in the future. 1. Stand when you cut your glass. While you might feel that sitting during a craft project is more comfortable, attempting to cut glass from a seated position could be disastrous. Proper glass cutting requires that you apply pressure to the glass as you make the initial score marks. Scoring from a standing position allows you to better control the force and direction of the pressure you apply to glass components as you cut them. Cuts that are made while standing could result in cleaner, more usable glass pieces. 2. Keep your work area completely clean. Before you attempt to make a cut in any piece of glass, you need to take the time to thoroughly clean your work station. Using a soft brush to clear away any visible dirt, debris, or glass shards from your work bench is vital to the success of your next cut. Even the smallest glass shard left on your work bench could wreak havoc when it comes to creating a clean cut. The shard could cause the glass you are cutting to sit unevenly on your work surface, resulting in an uneven cut or the shattering of the glass as you attempt to complete the cut. Avoid these problems by cleaning your work area before you begin any cut. 3. Use a self-oiling glass cutter. The implements that you are using to complete your glass cuts can significantly impact the quality of your cutting technique. If you plan to use a lot of cut glass in your craft projects, investing in a self-oiling glass cutter can be beneficial. These tools provide the lubrication needed to allow the cutting blade to create smooth, precise cuts. Always check the oil levels in your cutter before you begin working with a piece of glass, and wipe away any excess lubricant from the cutting blade once your cut is complete. Improving your glass cutting technique by standing as you complete each cut, maintaining a clean work space, and investing in a self-oiling glass cutter will help you produce more uniform and effective cuts in the future. For more information or advice, contact a company like Glass Service Center...

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3 Reasons To Work With A Specialist When Replacing Vintage Glass Window Panes

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When you are in the process of bringing an older home back to its former glory, you may be tempted to remove the decorative glass panels that are damaged and just have them replaced by new pieces. However, if you go to a regular store to replace your panels, there is a really big chance that the new panels will not match up to the old. There are a few reasons why it is a good idea to work with a specialty glass professional who has experience with antique glass when you need replacement panels for the glass features in your older home. Vintage glass is often a different color tone than new glass panels. You may not be able to tell when you look at the vintage glass panels you currently have in place that they are a slightly “off” shade than usual. However, when compared to new glass panels, you will definitely be able to see that there is a difference in the color or hue in a lot of cases. This is just one reason why working with a glass technician who is familiar with the old glass-making techniques is so important. Different processes and materials were used that would often give the glass a green or even amber colored tone. The surface of antique glass panels is not quite as smooth as modern glass. Because the tools that were available to make glass panels a long time ago were not as advanced as they are today, a lot of times the glass panels would not have a perfectly flat surface. In fact, it was not uncommon for some glass makers to use texturing techniques, such as blotting the entire panel, specifically to cover up small imperfections. Glass makers who specialize in recreating vintage glass usually have some of those antiquated tools that were used years ago so they can recreate the same effects. The thickness of vintage glass is rarely uniform throughout. If you try to put in a few replacement glass panels in a window or door that contains several other panels you plan to keep, you will likely see a difference in how well the new glass panels fit into the existing wooden trim pieces. When older window panels were installed, a professional would usually come to the house and custom install the framing as well. This was due to the fact that every individual glass panel could be slightly variant in width. For more information on glass, talk to a professional like Park Glass...

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Do’s And Don’ts For Post Mobile Windshield Glass Repair

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If your old car’s windshield was recently broken by a rock flung off of the highway by a commercial truck, then you will be happy to know that a mobile auto glass replacement service will come out to your office and replace the windshield while you work. When you leave work at the end of the day with your car’s new windshield in place, follow these do’s and don’ts to protect it from damage: Do ask the glass installer to use original equipment material (OEM) glass. OEM windshields are manufactured based upon the manufacturer’s specifications for your vehicle and fit better and are generally made from higher quality auto glass. Don’t have a windshield installed at your auto dealership or regular mechanic’s shop. Instead, always have your windshields replaced by a licensed automotive glass contractor. Auto glass replacement is a specialized procedure and it should be done by professionals that work with auto glass all day long. Do insist that the person installing your new windshield wears gloves. Gloves keep the grease from the installer’s hands off of the glass primer. This is very important to prevent future water leaks around the perimeter of the glass. Don’t neglect to take the time to check for any signs of improper installation, including:  adhesive drips inside of your car molding that is not straight around the windshield trash or dirt inside of your vehicle If you find any of these signs of an unprofessional installation, then you need to speak with the installer and have any issues repaired before you sign off on their forms showing that your glass job is complete. Do make sure that you follow all of the driving and care instructions that you are given by your glass contractor. Depending upon the type of glue used to install the new windshield, you may need to wait for a certain period of time before you can safely drive your car. If you drive your car before the glue has time to cure, then your windshield could develop leaks. Don’t delay in getting your broken windshield replaced by a professional glass contractor. A broken windshield creates a hazard because of the glare coming off of the cracked glass, and it does not correctly support the roof of your car if your vehicle is involved in an accident. Finally, a broken windshield will leak in the rain and this can cause mold growth inside of the cab of your...

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Doing A Window Pane Glass Replacement Job On Your Own

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If you had an incident occur where you ended up with a pane of glass with a crack through the middle, you will want to work swiftly in having it repaired so no one accidentally becomes injured. Large glass panes will need to be repaired or replaced by a glass service as the glass is bulky and you risk breaking it if it is dropped. Fixing a smaller pane of glass can be done on your own if you have the proper tools and a bit of knowledge. Here are some instructions you can use to make a glass repair on your own. Materials You Will Need Hand and eye protection Tarp Masking tape Hammer Needle-nose pliers Mild detergent Microfiber cloth or non-abrasive sponge Glass putty Utility knife Remove The Broken Pieces First, put on goggles and heavy-duty gloves so your eyes and hands will not become scratched while working with glass. Place a tarp on the ground to help catch any broken pieces as they drop from the frame. Use masking tape to construct a letter “X” across the pane of glass with the crack. This will help contain the glass shards in one area as they become loosened from the frame. Use the wooden end of a hammer to gently tap the glass. This will cause the glass to shatter. Most of the glass pieces will be attached to the tape, making cleanup easier. Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove any slivers of glass embedded in the frame. Clean The Window Frame Once the glass has been removed, you will want to clean the window frame to prepare it for the insertion of a new pane of glass. Use a piece of microfiber cloth or a non-abrasive sponge dipped in a mild detergent to scrub the interior portion of the window frame. When this appears free of all debris, allow to dry before placing your new pane in place. Install The New Glass Purchase a new pane of glass from a glass repair shop. They will be able to cut a piece into a custom size if necessary. To put the glass in the open frame, have a friend stand on the opposite side to help you keep the new piece in place as you work with the putty to adhere it to the frame. Roll a piece of glass putty into a cylindrical shape and press it against one edge of the glass. The putty will be centered horizontally over the edge of the glass and the edge of the frame. Push into place. Do this with all four sides and then repeat on the other side of the window. When the putty hardens, any excess can be removed with a utility knife. To learn more, contact a company like Action...

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Fixing A Chipped Windshield Successfully

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If you were recently driving along and a rock was kicked up into the air, striking your windshield as a result, you may find a small portion of the glass missing where it had made impact. Repairing a chipped windshield is a job you may be able to do on your own with the proper materials. Here are some instructions to follow when dealing with a chip in your vehicle’s windshield. Assess The Damage Larger cracks should always be repaired by a professional. There may be microscopic cracks around a chip or crack which would cause the stability of the windshield to be compromised. If the damage is limited to a small chip, however, you may be able to take matters into your own hands and repair it with the assistance of a windshield repair kit. Evaluate the damage with a magnifying glass to make sure the chip appears to be the only part of the glass with a flaw. If you notice small lines running through the glass around the chip, bring your vehicle to a windshield repair specialist right away as the damage can spread if you continue driving. Obtain The Right Materials A chip can be repaired with resin. Go to your local auto parts store or glass repair service and obtain a windshield repair kit. These kits will have the materials you need to do a small repair on your own. They consist of the resin and an applicator to help position the material directly into the chip with precision. Fill In The Chip Properly First, you will want to clean your windshield so there is no debris in the way of the resin you will be applying. Put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands. Use a piece of microfiber cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe it over the surface of the chipped part of your windshield. If you notice any small slivers of glass protruding from the chip, remove them with a pair of tweezers so the resin will be applied evenly into the crevice. Position the applicator over the chip. This is held into place with small suction cups. Pour the resin into the reservoir on the top of the applicator. A small flange is used to pump the resin through the applicator and into the chip underneath. After the resin is applied, move your vehicle into a sunny area so the resin will harden into place....

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Hair Dye Stains On Shower Doors – Removal And Prevention

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Dying your hair can be a very messy process. The hair dye can find its way onto anything and everything in your bathroom. If you have managed to get hair dye on your shower doors, you can remove it easier than you might think and with cheaper products than you would imagine. Below, you will find out how to cheaply and easily remove the hair dye from your shower doors. Act Fast The minute you notice the dye on your shower doors, get some paper towels and blot as much of it off of the glass as possible as quickly as possible. Just remember to blot, not wipe the surface or you will cause the stain to spread and make more work for yourself. Tip: If you have Styrofoam plates in your kitchen, cut a hole in the center of one the size of the spot. Hold or tape it over the area as you blot to keep the dye from spreading. Rubbing Alcohol Rubbing alcohol can be quite effective in taking the stain off of your shower doors. Apply the alcohol to a cotton ball and blot the spot. Don’t apply the alcohol directly to the door or you will cause the dye to run down the door and make an even bigger mess of things. Continue blotting with new alcohol doused cotton balls until they no longer become discolored with the dye. If the stain persists at this point, you will have to try the next method of removal.  Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide For tough stains, a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide should do the trick. Mix the peroxide and baking soda together until it has a toothpaste like consistency. Smear the mixture onto the dye stain, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit for a few hours. Now, apply some peroxide to a clean paper towel and wipe away the paste. This should remove the stain entirely, but if it is still visible, reapply the mixture and cover with plastic for a few more hours. If the stain has set in the doors for a while, this could require several treatments before it is gone. Try leaving the paste on the door overnight and wiping it clean in the morning. Prevent Future Stains To decrease the likelihood of more stains in the future, apply a coat of water repellent made for glass to the doors. This will help provide a layer of protection and buy you a little more time to get the dye off of the door before it sets into a stain. Hopefully, these steps will remove your stain entirely and help you protect your shower doors from more stains in the future. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as Mitchell’s Glass &...

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Always Wanted An Outdoor Shower? 3 Shower And Enclosure Ideas To Get You Thinking

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In warmer climates, outdoor showers are the rage, especially in rural settings. That shower could be just a simple spray to wash off excess beach sand or a full-blown outdoor spa with multiple jets. Creating effective and eye-appealing shower enclosures is a must. You might want to have a shower with a view, but may not want to be “viewed” while bathing “al fresco.” Here are three design ideas to get you started. Beach Shower With Frosted Glass Using frosted glass on an outdoor shower works because it only shows the silhouette of the bather. This is sometimes used on poolside or beach showers that are discretely tucked away into a quiet corner. Sometimes the glass is combined with wood or other materials for esthetics or additional privacy, or both. For example, you might have a poolside shower with one glass side and one wood side at the edge of the pool deck, perhaps half-hidden behind some tall plants. Having some sort of tall vegetation or a strategically placed fence keeps the shower out of direct sunlight, minimizing the clarity of the user’s silhouette. Metal Shower Enclosures for Ocean Front Locations Stainless steel and aluminum shower closures are popular in seaside locales. Glass also does well, as long as the frames are also made of resistant metals. Stainless steel, for example, keeps its like-new look if it’s scrubbed down with soapy water every few weeks, and then wiped down with a soft cloth. Really rustic looking outdoor showers are sometimes made of corrugated metal, the same stuff used for roofing. Putting two walls of the corrugated metal and a third of the frosted glass works well in a corner outdoor shower. It still looks rustic, but the glass adds just a bit of privacy. Outdoor Showers in the Middle of Almost Nowhere Suppose your romantic cottage or cabin for two is built overlooking the sea or a mountain setting. The outdoor deck faces the natural world and there’s almost zero chance that someone can “take a peek” while you’re showering. One option is to let nothing get in between you and nature and put in a bare-bones shower with no walls.  Another is to build a more refined shower with clear glass walls. The latter allows you to enjoy the view while giving a sense of security to those not quite accustomed to baring it all outdoors. Frosted glass? Forget it. The birds won’t tell. For more shower enclosure options, visit Aladdin’s Glass & Screen Products...

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Removing Scratches From Your Auto’s Windshield

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If you have found your child had tried washing your vehicle as a surprise, and they used an abrasive sponge or brush when scrubbing the glass, you may be left with some spots that have unsightly scratches. There are a few methods you can use to remove these affected areas on your own, leaving you with smooth glass once again. Here are some ways you can try using to remove the scratches your child inadvertently left behind. Acrylic Scratch Remover Go to your local hardware store and ask for an acrylic scratch removing agent to remove surface scratches. For this to work, you first want to make sure the scratch is shallow enough that it does not need replacement rather than repair. Run your fingernail over the area. If you feel it catch as you do this, you may want to see a glass repair specialist instead. If there is no groove felt, the glass is relatively shallow and can be safely filled with acrylic. This is applied using a small paintbrush similar to a nail polish applicator. Apply the material and let it dry. It will harden in place, filling in the cracked area so it is unnoticeable. Jewelry Polish Dab a bit of brass or silver polish directly to the scratched area. Use a non-abrasive piece of cloth, such as a piece of microfiber, to rub the polish into the scraped spots. Do this in a circular motion so it becomes embedded in the cracked portion of the glass from all angles. Add more polish and repeat the process several times so the material will build up inside the crack with each application. After the polish is added, you will want to buff the glass so the polish is not noticeable. Place a polishing wheel made of hard rubber on the end of a drill and lightly rub it over the area you had filled in. This will give your glass a smooth service with no indication there was a scratch present. Decorative Tint If the scratched portion of the glass is along the perimeter of your windshield or on the back or a side of your vehicle, you can cover it completely using decorative tinting or a sticker applique. This is a fun way to cover up a mistake, allowing others to appreciate the new look your vehicle has in the process. Window tint or window stickers can be found in auto parts stores or home goods stores and can be applied using water or by peeling and sticking in place. To learn more, contact a company like Premiere Glass And...

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Reasons To Opt For Window Glass Replacement In Your Home

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The thought of replacing all the windows in your home with new glass may seem like a daunting venture. However, the benefits you are set to enjoy from this far outweigh the little inconvenience you may have to bear while getting these replacements done. Homeowners should also keep in mind that outdated homes would probably have brittle and old glass that does not add much value to the residence. Here are some of the reasons why residential glass replacement would be an ideal project to embark on. Make your home energy efficient When it comes to cost cutting in the long run, glass replacement of your windows would be a good place to start. Older houses typically have windows that are composed of single panes of glass, which would cause you to spend more on heating just to stay comfortable. To avoid this, you can now make your residence energy efficient using double pane glass that comes with a host of insulating features. For instance, some of these panes are coated with a heat reflective lining, which allows them to insulate your home better. Reduce noise In some instances, you may not have much of a choice on the amount of noise you are exposed to in your location. Perhaps you live near a school and can hear screaming children all day. Or, maybe you have ended up living near an airport with flights landing and taking off at all odd hours. The solution to this does not have to be moving to a new neighbourhood. Instead, you can opt for glass replacement and choose dual pane glass for your windows. These are effective in reducing the amount of noise that can penetrate into your home. Keep your furniture protected from the sun People tend to like having big windows in their home to allow in as much natural light as possible. This may be well and good for the ambience, but could end up having a negative effect on your furnishings in the end. Plenty of sunlight means plenty of ultra violet rays are also being let into your home. Rather than reduce the amount of natural light coming in, you could instead opt for glass that blocks these rays from penetrating. Not only do you get to enjoy the sun’s rays, but you can also rest assured that your furniture, carpets, and wall furnishings will not fade faster due to the...

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What Makes A New Window Energy Efficient?

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One way that you can make your home more energy efficient is by installing good quality windows. All windows are not created equally, which is why the EPA has an Energy Star rating for windows that meet the minimum standards in energy efficiency. Instead of relying on this rating, you may be wondering what makes a window energy efficient. Knowing can help you tell the difference between a high-end and low-end window. Frame Quality An energy efficient window will need to have a great frame. Wood, composite materials, aluminum, and vinyl are quality materials that are durable and strong, and can withstand all kinds of weather conditions. Each material has its own pros and cons that may make it a better choice for your home. For example, you can fill a fiberglass frame with additional insulation. A composite material frame will be better in areas with big temperature fluctuations over the year. Wood has a lot of maintenance involved, while vinyl is very low maintenance. A window installation company can work with you on picking a proper window frame material for your home. Glass Panes A window will be more energy efficient with more panes of glass. This is because there is non-conductive argon gas between the panes, which creates an additional barrier that helps insulate your home. The gas is odorless, colorless, and non-toxic, which is why it does not affect how clear your windows are. An Energy Star window will have no less than two panes of glass, though it is possible to get a window that has 3 or 4 layers of glass for added protection The glass itself also makes a big difference. Low E glass prevents heat and UV rays from entering the home due to a unique coating that is applied to the surface. The coating actually reflects the infrared light. Energy Star Qualifications Having only the previous attributes is not enough to give a window an Energy Star rating. Windows will need to meet manufacturing criteria as well to get that much desired rating. All Energy Star windows need to be made by a certified Energy Star partner, and independently tested by the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council). The United States Department of Energy sets the requirements that the NFRC tests for. Now that you know how a window is defined as being energy efficient, you can tell the difference between windows when buying them for your home. For more information, visit a glass store like Valley Glass...

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