Learn to Blow Glass

Glass blowing is a wonderful hobby that results in some beautiful artwork for your home. My name is Natalie, and I started in glass blowing as a hobbyist, but now I teach classes in this skill. Some people think glass blowing is difficult or dangerous. That's not the case at all. As you build your skill level, you will find that you learn very quickly. In this blog, I will examine the misconceptions about glass blowing and teach you some of the techniques. I will also give you helpful tips about where to find a glass so you can practice this new skill yourself.

Auto Glass 101: 4 Warning Signs It Needs To Be Replaced


Your windshield probably isn't something that you give much thought to. You get in your vehicle, you drive, and that's that. While your windshield might not seem like a huge priority, it is. This is because your windshield protects you from the elements while driving. It also protects you from flying debris. These two reasons alone make your windshield incredibly valuable. Unfortunately, it cannot do its job if it is failing.

So how do you know when you should replace your windshield? Here are four warning signs:

1. Cracks

If you are like most people, you probably don't think that a crack is a big deal. However, a crack is a huge warning signs that your windshield is about to fail. Of course, some cracks are a lot more dire than others. For example, a crack that obstructs your vision is a huge problem. Not only will it hinder your vision of the road, it could also shatter at any moment. Additionally, a single crack might be as serious of a problem as multiple cracks. Regardless, if your windshield has any cracks at all, you should take it in to an auto glass repair company for evaluation.

2. Chips

Another problem that can become serious are chips. While a chip in the windshield can usually be repaired, it can become a serious issue if left untreated. Most commonly caused by flying rocks, chips in the glass may obstruct your view of the road. They might also lead to cracks, which can cause serious problems like shattering.

As with cracks, a single chip that is small in size might not be an issue. However, larger cracks may actually lead to small holes in your windshield. Additionally, multiple cracks might can spread and cause further issues, such as pitting or deep cracks.

3. Scratches

Scratches are another problem that might require your auto glass to be replaced. While scratches aren't necessarily dangerous for the glass, they can be extremely dangerous to you. This is because scratches can be hard to clean or see through, which makes driving dangerous. Unfortunately, severely scratched glass usually requires replacement, instead of repair.

4. Improper Installation

Finally, you might also need your windshield replaced if it was installed poorly or incorrectly. While there might not be anything wrong with the glass itself, there might be issues if it was not installed properly. This is because it might warp. It might also sit oddly or have gaps, which are also serious issues.

While your windshield might not be on your mind daily, you should still be on the lookout for these four signs. After all, your windshield is what keeps you safe while driving—and that makes it extremely valuable. If you do notice any of these signs, take your vehicle to an auto glass repair shop immediately for an evaluation.


27 May 2016