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Old 12-03-2009, 07:57 AM   #1
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I have with varying degrees of success over the years cut glass and mirror, even laminated glass. I had a glazier friend a long time ago that showed me the basics, good glass cutter, ultra clean, lubricant etc.
Most of the glass I have cut has been 1/8" thick. Now I am trying to cut about 1 1/2" off an older mirror it is 1/4" thick. I cleaned it, scored it, got that nice ripping sound on the score indicating it was a good cut. It won't break??? I tried tapping it with the ball on the cutter, I put it on a dowle and pressed. Have I come across some glass from an alien spacecraft?? It wont break!! This is serious, I paid $2 for this mirror at the local Habitat for Humanity outlet store, I dont't want to waste my investment.
Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions and wise cracks greatly appreciated. JIm
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NO responses, Hmmmmm. Never fear I got the glass cut. cutting a thin piece 1 1/2" wide, took a lot of force to start the seperation. The rest of the pieces I removed were at minimum 6" wide by 24" and snapped off with no problem. JIm
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never underestimate the will of a diy'er,,, if it were mine, i'd have the glass shop cut it & give their guy $10 rather'n take a chance f'n up $100 worth of glass

friend of mine once told me a sizeable portion of their shop's sales/income was from h/o's who THOUGHT they could d-i-y
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If it was a $100 piece of g ass I may have taken it to a shop. What am I saying?? Thats not me, I'll take it to a shop when pig's fly!!!!! ONe problem with shop's is unless you know them you may be getting someone that knows less than you!!! JIm
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If it was a $100 piece of g ass I may have taken it to a shop. What am I saying?? Thats not me, I'll take it to a shop when pig's fly!!!!! ONe problem with shop's is unless you know them you may be getting someone that knows less than you!!! JIm
ya, but unless they give you the warning "we are not responsible for improper or unintended breakage", they replace the glass if they wreck it.

and if they give you that warning, you know to take it to another shop because those guys don't even trust their own work.
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If it was a $100 piece of g ass I may have taken it to a shop. What am I saying?? Thats not me, I'll take it to a shop when pig's fly!!!!! ONe problem with shop's is unless you know them you may be getting someone that knows less than you!!! JIm

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here's how i usually deal with it.
i use 1/4" sometimes in thin runs in my boxes.

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Thanks for the info. Great idea, I was trying to snap it from the wrong side.
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np, let us know how it turns out....
wear eye protection and gloves when working with glass.
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np, let us know how it turns out....
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