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    Glass shower doors that shatter to smythereens

    Watch if your doing doors and moving glass shower doors
    around.
    The slightest jolt they can shatter to smythereens.
    Safety glass granted but wouldnt want your face near them when it happens.
    Also watch out for cutting hydrolic air cables if you would
    do such a thing.
    very nasty blast of compressed air,can cause injury eg to face
    very dangerous.
    hope ive helped

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    Funny, I've had the opposite problem.

    When I find a shower door I load it on the truck & bring it home.

    I have an old fairly thick sheet I keep just for these. I lay the sheet flat on the back driveway and put the shower door on edge and fold the sheet up around it like a taco,

    Whack with a hammer... nothing. WHACK with a hammer... nothing. WHACK with a hammer... nothing. WHACK PSHHHHHHHHHH!

    Wiggle all the glass & seal strips out of the channels and savor the extruded aluminum.

    All the glass stays in the sheet for easy disposal, but I always have to hit it harder than you'd think.
    Out of clutter, find simplicity. --Albert Einstein

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    If you want a quick quiet way to break Safety glass, use something ceramic to smash the glass.
    The ceramic insulator broken off a sparkplug will do.
    I had heard about this idea & knowing a bit about safety glass ( A friend used to operate the kiln they use to make commercial sheet safety glass ) I tried it out on a old car we were taking to the scrapyard.

    I simply hiffed a chunk of ceramic insulator at the side window and it went 'Piff' & turned crazed, with a hole in it where the insulator went thru.
    Then the crazed glass fell out.



    Ceramic from a broken coffee cup should do, it's the sharp edge that needs to hit the glass to break it.
    It chips the outer 'Under stress layer's of the glass, this weakens it there, which puts stress in other places & suddenly it's stressed thruout the pane. & Boom. It's gone.
    Wear safety glasses always when doing any shifting or work around safety glass. This is important.

    Hopefully this info helps & I hope it's used in the right way & there's the odd chance that in a emergency it might save somebody from some hurt.


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