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.

Buying A Used Car With A Cracked Windshield: Questions To Ask


Many used cars for sale come with a few minor blemishes, and windshield issues (such as minor cracks and pits) are a common occurrence. But before you buy, here are some questions to ask to make sure that you're still getting a good deal. 

Why Did the Windshield Crack?

Reasons for cracked windshields vary. Some are due to random roadside accidents, such as rocks flying into the windshield. Others can be the fault of the seller, such as improper winter maintenance. Ask about the source of the windshield crack; it can tell you about how the car was maintained by the previous owner. 

What Kinds of Cracks Are There?

The types of cracks will matter a lot in terms of how urgent the windshield replacement is. Do you see several large cracks that connect? This is called a combination crack, and it's one of the most severe types of windshield cracks. You're probably looking at a full auto glass replacement. Is there just a small blemish or two on the windshield's surface? These types of cracks may only need a cheap auto glass repair, or they may be able to hold on their own. 

How Long Has it Been Cracked?

Knowing how long the windshield has been cracked can tell you a lot of information. On one hand, a windshield that has been cracked for a long time points to low maintenance on the car. But it could also be a good thing; if the crack has held for a long time, then you may not need to rush out and replace the auto glass. 

What is the Location of the Crack?

Another thing to look at is the location of the crack in your windshield. Some cracks are more expensive to fix than others, and some may not be covered by insurance. For instance, your auto insurance carrier might agree to fix the crack for you if it's on the front windshield, while you may be on your own if the crack is on the side window or the back safety glass. 

Will You Help Fix It?

This one may be a stretch, but some sellers might help you to cover the costs of auto glass replacement if they are eager to sell the car. If nothing else, they might agree to knock off a few hundred dollars from the selling price if you raise a fuss about the windshield.   


28 July 2016