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Freaky! My Glass Shower door Shattered in the middle of the night

 
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Freaky! My Glass Shower door Shattered in the middle of the night
Sleeping soundly we were awoken @ 3:30 a.m. by a strange crash coming from inside the house. Looking around did not see anything until I turned on the light in the master bathroom and saw that one of the shower doors shattered into a thousand pieces (tempered glass)

For the last few months there were popping sounds coming from the bathroom and I didn't think too much about it thought expansion or whatever.

i stepped on a sliver of glass and it seems to be still in my skin - can't find it or feel it. the mess of glass mostly is in the shower stall (no tub-had it taken out and put a walk in shower last year) it's gonna be a bitch to clean up but i'm just glad it didn't happen when i was taking a shower!!

the door seemed to just explode in the middle of the night.

i called the manufacturer and they are sending a whole replacement set and advised me to take out the in tact door in case that one breaks too. it is still making noises in there-the glass/door.

i was freaked out and couldn't sleep after that except drifting in and out thinking about what to do.

i have never experienced something so strange. i don;t know if the glass was defective or the installation was a factor.

i'm glad i am getting replacements at no charge that was an unexpected surprise.

it's been warm here -- @ 3:30 am it was not freezing not a big temp drop from the day.

anyway trippy
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12/16/2010 12:29 PM
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12/16/2010 12:29 PM
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Re: Freaky! My Glass Shower door Shattered in the middle of the night
That's pretty weird.

Have you had any paranormal activity in the house?
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You said it was glass.
Is it like "glass" glass or just tempered glass or 5 foot thick glass?

How close to a window is your shower door?
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12/16/2010 12:30 PM
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Re: Freaky! My Glass Shower door Shattered in the middle of the night
Cheap Chinese glass love.
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12/16/2010 12:31 PM
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Ya got bathroom ghosts.
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That's pretty weird.

Have you had any paranormal activity in the house?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1144869


not sure both of us have experienced odd things sleeping
stuff like dream paralysis, etc.

the breaking glass sounded like someone took a sledge hammer and smashed into it
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12/16/2010 12:32 PM
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Tempered glass is designed to shatter on impact. Sometimes very small flaws in the pane can cause the whole thing to go. It was probably a tiny crack that widened every time you used the door...
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12/16/2010 12:32 PM
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They're giving you a free replacement because it's happened before and they know you could have been hurt and sued the living shit out of them.
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12/16/2010 12:33 PM
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Re: Freaky! My Glass Shower door Shattered in the middle of the night
do a search. I've heard of this happening in other cases.

BTW, I hate glass shower doors! What are they good for? You just have to squeegee and clean them all the time. Useless.

I always uses shower curtains that I can wash or throw away.
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You said it was glass.
Is it like "glass" glass or just tempered glass or 5 foot thick glass?

How close to a window is your shower door?
 Quoting: J-Rico



tempered about 1/3 inch thick and it is a high end brand door.

the window is in the stall solid my first thought was someone threw something in the window but the window was fine

our alarm was not set or it would have gone off with the glass break detectors
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12/16/2010 12:34 PM
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Probably faulty manufacture. Streess is induced at the suspension points and can start to develop hairline cracks. When one of these cracks reaches a tempering stress cell (the samll pieces of crumb glass you get left with all over the floor) it will propagate explosively through the whole sheet.

Boom and doom in one go.

I've had this happen on tempered glass in a greenhouse roof. (glazing strips were overtightened). Makes a hell of a mess
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Tempered glass is designed to shatter on impact. Sometimes very small flaws in the pane can cause the whole thing to go. It was probably a tiny crack that widened every time you used the door...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1178440


that is probably what happened and could have been the popping sounds.
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12/16/2010 12:35 PM
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That's why having sex in a stand up shower all the time isn't recommended. Often times couples bump into the glass and in time, weaken it. Hope you learned your lesson ;)
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Re: Freaky! My Glass Shower door Shattered in the middle of the night
Tempered glass is designed to shatter on impact. Sometimes very small flaws in the pane can cause the whole thing to go. It was probably a tiny crack that widened every time you used the door...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1178440


This. The tiniest crack and it will shatter. Thank god it wasnt a 55 gallon tempered glass fishtank.
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Re: Freaky! My Glass Shower door Shattered in the middle of the night
do a search. I've heard of this happening in other cases.

BTW, I hate glass shower doors! What are they good for? You just have to squeegee and clean them all the time. Useless.

I always uses shower curtains that I can wash or throw away.
 Quoting: Soul Devine


it is a walk in shower had a curtain but water got out as the lip was short.

the doors are treated and didn't spot much though i do a quick squeegee
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12/16/2010 12:38 PM
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tempered glass is easily broken when the edges of the glass are damaged or chipped. Most likely the there is was something in the door frame that hit the edge of the glass or slowly chipped away at it over time and caused it to explode.
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12/16/2010 12:40 PM
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do you have a cold draft and alternation of heat and cold over time that can travel down a vent ? it probably had fissures in it that are like how a windshield to a car has cracks that grew over time and a verity of situations could stimulate it to crack.

id go with thick plastic if you are a snowy place with bad insulation.

or get the wall insulated around the shower and have someone do a vent inspection.

could also be that the rollers caused the crack so if you can prove they and you have a guaranty you may be able to replace them if they are the cause of the cracks.
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12/16/2010 12:41 PM
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That's why having sex in a stand up shower all the time isn't recommended. Often times couples bump into the glass and in time, weaken it. Hope you learned your lesson ;)
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Only if she has big weapons of mass distraction.
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Re: Freaky! My Glass Shower door Shattered in the middle of the night
do you have a cold draft and alternation of heat and cold over time that can travel down a vent ? it probably had fissures in it that are like how a windshield to a car has cracks that grew over time and a verity of situations could stimulate it to crack.

id go with thick plastic if you are a snowy place with bad insulation.

or get the wall insulated around the shower and have someone do a vent inspection.

could also be that the rollers caused the crack so if you can prove they and you have a guaranty you may be able to replace them if they are the cause of the cracks.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1197242


i am getting a full replacement

the bathroom is in the rear of the house when they redid the tile surround they put in new thicker insulation the wall is an exterior wall with a window in the shower.

i am just glad it didn't happen when i was in taking a shower

i had taken a nice hot shower earlier that evening.
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12/16/2010 12:45 PM
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Tempered glass is designed to shatter on impact. Sometimes very small flaws in the pane can cause the whole thing to go. It was probably a tiny crack that widened every time you used the door...


that is probably what happened and could have been the popping sounds.
 Quoting: junipero


Yep, that's why I asked if it was tempered and how wide.
Most likely what happened.

It could have been a combination of that and a colder than usual temperature that could have done it in finally.

Don't know where you live, so I'm just guessing.
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12/16/2010 12:47 PM
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Glad you weren't hurt!!
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Tempered glass is designed to shatter on impact. Sometimes very small flaws in the pane can cause the whole thing to go. It was probably a tiny crack that widened every time you used the door...


that is probably what happened and could have been the popping sounds.


Yep, that's why I asked if it was tempered and how wide.
Most likely what happened.

It could have been a combination of that and a colder than usual temperature that could have done it in finally.

Don't know where you live, so I'm just guessing.
 Quoting: J-Rico



central texas..it has been warm actually. could taking hot steamy showers affect/accelerate anything? i know that sounds simple but i wonder.
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Glad you weren't hurt!!
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thank you--me too!

just a tiny sliver of glass in my big toe
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12/16/2010 12:49 PM
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Re: Freaky! My Glass Shower door Shattered in the middle of the night
it was swamp gas bouncing off Venus and it accidentally hit your shower door!

glad you are okay
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1745
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:1745:
 Quoting: LA-LA-LA


OMG LOL!
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it was swamp gas bouncing off Venus and it accidentally hit your shower door!

glad you are okay
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 222384


taco night was 2 days ago!
;)

so no swamp gas
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They're giving you a free replacement because it's happened before and they know you could have been hurt and sued the living shit out of them.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 38206


+1
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:1745:
 Quoting: LA-LA-LA


ha!


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