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ISO best practices for cleaning up broken glass outdoors

I have a (potentially) lovely area in my yard where I'd like to put some patio furniture. Problem: it seems to have been used as a midden/trash heap at some point in the past. Things I've found there include old glass fuses, broken window glass, and old vacuum cleaner parts (some with tree roots growing right through them). I suspect the *right* way to fix it is to dig up and replace a few inches of the topsoil (or to pave it over), but I'm renting. I'm willing to put down a few inches of mulch, but I'd like to get as much of the glass up as I can beforehand. I've been picking it up by (gloved) hand but if anyone has any secret tips for locating and picking up broken glass off of dirt, I'd love to hear them!
posted by mskyle on Jun 12, 2014 - 10 answers

How to cut the bottom out of a thick decanter?

I did see this, but it is about cutting off the neck and shoulders of a bottle. I want to cut the bottom out or off of three cheap cut glass liquor decanters. The glass company wants $25 per bottle. Is there any other option? Thanks!
posted by harrietthespy on Apr 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me identify this sci-fi short story

Some time in the mid 1990s I read a sci-fi short story about an augmented individual hired to steal a password - I'm trying to figure out the name of this story and its author. [more inside]
posted by komara on Mar 20, 2014 - 9 answers

What light fixture is this?

Some enthusiastic home dance party moves caused me to shatter one of the glass lampshades on this light fixture. I'd like to replace the shade, but I have no idea what lamp's brand or model is. Do you? [more inside]
posted by esd on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Can I make my own glass earrings?

I work as an air conditioning mechanic, and with my head stuck in operating electrical machines all day I have a mind to switch to non-conductive earrings. I have 6ga or 4mm earrings. I used to have a pair of glass earrings but they eventually broke when I dropped them. Is there any reason I should not use glass stirring rods to make a new set of glass earrings? I am assuming I can use a torch or buns en burner to bend them and finish the ends.
posted by Naib on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Sci-Fi novel predicting Google Glass

I'm trying to remember the name and author fo a sci-fi novel that predicted the idea of Google glasses and their impact on society. I can clearly remember one of the characters, a youung person, complaining that all these old people had these glasses that recorded everything that happened around them and could send that data directly to the police. It was kind of an Orwellian Big Brother feel to society. You were always being watched, recorded, reported, etc. I was reminded again about this after reading an article on NPR about the first police arrest recorded on Google Glass. Does anyone else remember this book or the author? Thanks in advance for the help.
posted by corwalch on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for thick wine glasses

Does anyone know of any recommendations for thick wine glasses? I am tired of thin wide glasses (that seem to break a lot) and I am NOT interested in plastic glasses. I know they exist, as I was at a bar a couple of months back while traveling, and they served wine in this very thick wine glasses. It was exactly what I was looking for so I asked the waitress, who asked the manager, but they didn't know where there were sourced. I am just looking for a plain wine glass (red or white wine), with no markings or decorations on them at all, but the wine glass itself is very thick. I would need to be about to buy these online as well. (And yes, I am aware that the thickness of the glass could affect that taste of the wine, but I am still looking for a thick glass.
posted by dbirchum on Jul 1, 2013 - 25 answers

Glass placemat exploded on my kitchen table. What the heck happened?

A couple of days ago, one of the placemats on my kitchen table exploded all over the table and also onto the ground. It's made of a glassy/plastic-y material. Meaning, it looks like glass, but it won't cut through skin unless you really dig it in. We found shards of it up to 5 feet away from the table. This occurred randomly in the early evening. No one in my house witnessed it. Nothing was placed on the placemat for that entire day. No one went near it. There were no sudden temperature changes in the house, although it has been colder than normal in the evenings here in Northern California. We've had the placemats 10+ years. The table is a glass table with a clear, plastic covering on top. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Feb 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me put a great big smile on my mother's face Christmas morning please!

Could you help me find a necklace for my mother? [more inside]
posted by humph on Dec 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Glitter wall alternatives for an adult?

Dear AskMeFi: is has to be some way to get the effect I'm looking for on my walls but with a shimmer? I like this tree branch graphic for my walls, but I would like to have it shine like glass beaded wallpaper. As I understand it, glitter never sticks to anything you want it to but sticks to everything else. I'm just not sure how to get the effect on my walls that I envision. Ideally it would be removable because we live in an apartment. Thank you for your help!
posted by Issithe on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

can I glue my mom's Lalique bowl back together?

one of the feet broke off of my mom's Lalique bowl. it's a pretty clean break, it looks like I could just put it back on. can I? what would be the best way to do this? or am I better off taking it to a specialist to repair? thanks in advance.
posted by sabh on May 27, 2012 - 9 answers

How to buy a ton of glass?

How can I buy a ton of glass? [more inside]
posted by American Christmas Devil on Jan 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Buying glass bottles in philly.

Where can an individual order a small number of glass bottles in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by dzkalman on Nov 26, 2011 - 10 answers

How To Install Replacement Glass For A Car Side Mirror?

The glass of the right-hand side mirror on my car broke recently, and I was able to buy replacement glass online, but it did not come with any way to adhere it to the mount. The original glass had some sort of sticky backing. Any suggestions on what kind of adhesive to use or how else to install it?
posted by briank on Oct 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Do not apply if DIY

Looking for a glazier in NYC who can apply safety film to some large mirrors. [more inside]
posted by tip120 on Jul 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Garden hose thru brick wall.

What's the best/least expensive way to run a garden hose from my cellar thru a brick wall to the front of my house? [more inside]
posted by boby on Jul 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Pane in my Glass

I cracked my windshield. On the inside. Two years ago. A week ago it's gotten worse. Do I need to replace? Needlessly long DIT. [more inside]
posted by carlh on Jul 10, 2011 - 9 answers

I'm a clumsy oaf. Help me replace this glass.

Trying to replace a vintage-ish glass I broke. Can someone help me with descriptive terms so I can find it on ebay? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Jan 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Who will take my wine bottle and make me a candle?

I need help finding a company that takes your existing wine bottle and turns it into a pillar candle by cutting off the top and pouring a candle into it. I believe it was in OR or WA. [more inside]
posted by bq on Jan 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Don Draper's drink glasses?

Need help finding the glasses found in Don's office in Mad Men (as seen on the season 3 dvd/blu ray cover here and here). Just want to buy them, assume similarity with these glasses, not price, is the priority.
posted by Patbon on Jan 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Relative reflectivity of glass and perspex

Short and sweet... Does anyone happen to have a ballpark figure for the percentage of light reflected by a 'standard' sheet of glass and a 'standard' sheet of perspex of similar thickness?
posted by twine42 on Aug 26, 2010 - 3 answers

shipping food in glass jars overseas

What is the best way to ship food in glass jars from the U.S. to a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by needled on Jun 25, 2010 - 7 answers

My single pane windows have 1/16" thick glass, so of course I accidentally broke one!

I accidentally broke a single glass window pane in my apartment. I couldn't believe how easily it broke, but now I see that it's 1/16th of an inch thick! No wonder! Landlord wants me to pay for the repair, I want ALL my windows replaced with 1/8" panes for free! [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on Apr 9, 2010 - 34 answers

The mystery of the partly-broken window

I came home tonight to find a piece of glass missing from my window, but it wasn't a break-in. Help me figure out the cause. [more inside]
posted by carbide on Apr 7, 2010 - 13 answers

Removing iMac Glass

Replacing iMac (2008/aluminum) Hard Drive. What's the best way to remove glass front held in by magnets? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Mar 11, 2010 - 5 answers

I'm melting

I am looking for a torch to melt pyrex (borosilicate glass). [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Feb 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Not-so-Fantastic Plastic

Can you help my household kick the plastic habit? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Oct 30, 2009 - 35 answers

How can I tell if my auto glass was repaired?

How can I tell if the crack in my car windshield has been repaired? You would think it would be obvious.. but apparently it's not. [more inside]
posted by snorlaxx on Sep 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Glass Storage

Best small glass dishes (with lids) for refrigerated storage? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Aug 21, 2009 - 18 answers

Looking for crafty suggestions for a huge glass bottle

Looking for crafty suggestions for a big glass bottle [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jun 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Can glass become more brittle over time?

Does glass get more brittle as time goes on, especially if not used? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu on Jun 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Can you identify these window parts and suggest a source for them?

Can you identify these window parts and suggest where I could purchase equivalents? May be specific to the UK. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jun 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Stained Glass Supplies in Twin Cities, Minnesota

Best places to go for stained glass supplies in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area? [more inside]
posted by schnee on Apr 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me make tiny windows.

Help me make my own window panes for a dollhouse. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Mar 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Minneapolis/St. Paul Auto Glass Replacement Recommendations

Recommendations on an auto glass company in Minneapolis/St. Paul? [more inside]
posted by hootch on Jul 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Glass down the garbage disposal?

We broke a glass in the kitchen sink and cleaned it up as best as we could, but now the garbage disposal is jammed. Do we have to call a plumber? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Oct 17, 2007 - 13 answers

Is there a laser beam hidden in my dishwasher?

Several times over the past few months, glasses have come out of my dishwasher sliced into two pieces. The cut is always smooth, and I don't find any glass shards left over. This only happens with glasses--mugs, plates, etc, are entirely unharmed. What might be causing this? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Sep 15, 2006 - 15 answers

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Exploding Oven Door

On Thursday night, my stove's glass door exploded for no discernable reason whatsoever. Since MeFi's population encompass many trades, I'm hoping there's someone with a background in physics, engineering, or an appropriate tradesman who either knows or can venture a fairly educated guess as to why it happened. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Dec 21, 2005 - 25 answers

Affordable DIY Window Insulation

The windows in my flat do a lousy job of keeping heat in and cold out. Is there a way to improve the insulating properties of window glass without installing double glazing? Ideally it would be something I could install myself (and if necessary remove when I move out of my rented flat.) Googling turned up various window films, both do-it-yourself and have-somebody-do-it-for-you. Any experience with these or similar products? Any other suggestions?
posted by yankeefog on Feb 21, 2005 - 12 answers

Where can I find the kind of marker for use glass as a chalkboard?

I've seen this in a few movies (A Beautiful Mind perhaps?) and more recently in that horrible TV show "Numb3rs": A pane of glass being used as a chalkboard with some sort of marker. Where can I obtain such a marker, and what is it called?
posted by phrontist on Feb 7, 2005 - 33 answers

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