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    Double Glazing or not?

    That's it : purists will pay. Most people want practicality and wont. We're seriously considering moving next year. I'd love something original, characterful and dreamy. At my age I need something with kerb appeal but practical and easy and cheap to maintain.
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    Double Glazing or not?

    Exactly (I agree totally with you - acoustic glass mentioned in a previous post by me) , I was told that this make up would work by the salesman but later discovered that it isn't especially effective from a sound insulation perspective. Acoustic glass would have been the right way to go but the...
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    Double Glazing or not?

    Not totally true , but largely so: For triple glazing to be close to effective with an argon fill you will need 4-12-4-12-4 = 36mm. 28mm panels, I agree, are not effective. 36mm is the installation that we have in our house. These were purchased before I became interested in glazing technology...
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    Double Glazing or not?

    if these panes are angled toward direct sunlight they will suffer more thermal and uv stress than units which face away. Repeated heating and cooling of the units causes a breakdown in the primary and secondary seals around the unit edges and once there is a hole, even a small one, the two panes...
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    Double Glazing or not?

    It was along the lines of what I thought Phil TBH. So many companies have massive manufacturing runs done in the same way that they have always done it. The economies of scale give them a better price point and then its a marketing exercise to sell a suitable benefit to customers. Standardising...
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    Double Glazing or not?

    Totally agree, I have lost count of the number of times I have explained dew point and condensation to customers who seem to think that hermetically sealing their properties is the way to go. I even prepared a PowerPoint slide to try to explain it to them. Sadly, too many of them had a closed...
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    Double Glazing or not?

    Agreed. Equally, if you properly ventilate a room, you wont get condensation either
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    Double Glazing or not?

    Not sure about that Phil - there are plenty of papers on the internet stating that 12mm is optimal for argon. At one time, and I'm not saying that you were seduced by the salesman, the "bigger is better" approach was sold. I stand by 12mm as the optimal gap. Not that I'm suggesting you need to...
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    Double Glazing or not?

    Sorry - just seen this so am late to the party. I've been conversing directly with Kieran not realising this thread existed. Most of us know that double glazing units fail because the primary and secondary seals break down over time - generally due to sunlight damage. Triple glazing does add...
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    Glazing interior window

    That's horrible and must have been so worrying as a parent. The problem with toughened glass is that, if you let it hit a solid object at the wrong angle it breaks, instantly, into very small, but quite sharp cubes, and is rendered useless. There are specifications which dictate how many cubes...
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    Cyclone Dust Collection

    Generally, Axminster Tools. Expensive but good quality IMHO.
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    Glazing interior window

    I'd be inclined to get the cracked glass out and then clean up everything in the void. Then I would create a bead on the inside which has a profile and size to hold the glass and cover the primary seal. Now run a line of caulk or low modulus silicone all around the inside of the bead. With a...
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    BBC Scaremongering again

    .... I thought the BBC had started employing foreign announcers and this was the reason why I couldn't understand what they were saying. I may try listening in again now. :unsure:
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    Glazing interior window

    You could bead from both sides. Ideally you need 2 to 5mm air gap between the edge of the glazing unit and the frame of the unit in which you are placing it. The gap needs to prevail on all four sides of the glazing unit. This allows for material expansion and for the bypassing of condensation...
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    Glazing interior window

    Adjacent to a door or 800mm or less above floor height means that any replacement pane of glass needs to be toughened. Glass type is, indeed, Flemish. A secondary pane wont make much difference from an insulation perspective as, in free air, the ideal gap between the two panes should be about...
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