Why You Need Tempered Glass in Your Home

I’ve always wondered about glass and its various applications. There are so many objects or home features made of glass: windows, shower doors, mirrors, skylights, kitchen bakeware, light fixtures, older TV screens, and more.

What prompts me to write about glass? Yesterday, while working on my computer I heard a strange sound, as if something had plinked around in my tub in the bathroom. I got up to investigate but found nothing other than the ring I keep meaning to clean, but that’s a story for another day.

ThenĀ  as I walked through the living room to get to the kitchen something caught my eye. As I turned my head I suddenly gasped. What did I see?

This…

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That glass totally shattered, and yet it didn’t just fall all apart. Fortunately no one was hurt and I didn’t have a fire going at the time.

So what kept it all together? Why didn’t the glass just fall apart?

It is tempered glass; not regular window glass as you might expect. Here are a couple of links that explain what tempering is all about.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toughened_glass

and

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-tempered-glass.htm

I keep thinking, “I’m sure glad I didn’t have a fire going in the fireplace.” Can you imagine the scene with all the smoke etc.?

 

 

 

About handymanlou

Boise, ID native, USNavy veteran, survivor of 26yrs at Hewlett Packard (during the good years), love to tinker, take apart and put back together (without extra pieces left over), gardener, amateur landscaper, love to fish for trout, crappie, smallmouth bass, catfish, and just about anything else that swims in fresh water. I am also a spiritual gardener; have tools for growing and nurturing the soul including past-life regression and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). I would like to do more woodworking with my Shopsmith but there's so much other stuff to do that I also like and love.
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