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Replacing broken glass

Postby Rainbow » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:51 am

I've been asked if I could replace some broken glass in an aluminium frame, approx 30 x 40cm. Having taken it apart, I can see that the lip on which the glass would rest is only about 2mm. The previous glass was sealed in place with strips of resin.

I usually leave a bit of "give" between the glass and the frame, but with this job, I think the glass would have to fit pretty tight up to the frame so that it didn't slip out. Am I being unnecessarily concerned about fitting the glass so tight?
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Re: Replacing broken glass

Postby JFeig » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:18 pm

The job is abnormally labor intensive. A rabbit of 2mm just not enough. It is time to get a chisel and hammer to remove the resin and make a properly wide rabbit. then there is the possibility of having glass crack later due to not having 100% of the resin removed.

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You have to sell them a new frame as the labor to remove the resin will be more than a new frame.
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Re: Replacing broken glass

Postby Rainbow » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:26 pm

Thanks JFeig, although I wonder if I've used the wrong description in calling it resin as it's come off very easily and it was soft and pliable. The glass was sort-of pushed into it. Sorry about that.
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Re: Replacing broken glass

Postby poliopete » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:41 pm

That sounds like a tight fit (2mm)

If I remember correctly, you have your glass cut a local glass merchants. I may be a good idea to take the frame to them for measuring.

FWIW I have always replaced broken glass, mounts and repaired frames in fact most anything that comes along but as Jerome and others have said "make sure you charge appropriately"

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Re: Replacing broken glass

Postby Rainbow » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:07 pm

Thanks, Pete. I'm happy to cut glass up to 24 x 20" so this one wouldn't be a problem. I get larger pieces cut locally though.
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