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    Glass panel door shattered! How to replace it?



    So this happened yesterdayÖ out of nowhere it just exploded. Luckily beardie was in his cave at the time.

    Iíve never had this happen before! What could have caused it?

    Also - how do I replace it?? Should I call the reptile shop I bought the enclosure from and see if they can order new doors in for me?

    Thank you!


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    From the little fragments it looks like it was tempered glass, like they use in car windows besides the windscreen. I don't think that your local glass place can easily cut new pieces, unless they happen to have one that size to start with. But that shouldn't have happened spontaneously--I'd think the shop would replace it. Maybe they could give you a door from another enclosure and get the replacement from the maker. Glad your beardie is OK.

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    As Larry says , it looks like tempered glass. You could try the petshop but your local glazier will be able to supply glass for you, he can either give you normal glass or get it hardened if you want. Just take your other door with you so he can measure it exactly.
    The doors in my enclosures are NOT hardened glass.
    As for how, I think of impact. Like the log fell against it or something similar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    As Larry says , it looks like tempered glass. You could try the petshop but your local glazier will be able to supply glass for you, he can either give you normal glass or get it hardened if you want. Just take your door with you so he can measure it exactly.
    The doors in my enclosures are NOT hardened glass.
    As for how, I think of impact. Like the log fell against it or something similar
    Definitely no impact, I was sitting right by the tank and it just shattered!

    Thanks though, Iíll try the shop first!


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    Quote Originally Posted by laabel View Post
    From the little fragments it looks like it was tempered glass, like they use in car windows besides the windscreen. I don't think that your local glass place can easily cut new pieces, unless they happen to have one that size to start with. But that shouldn't have happened spontaneously--I'd think the shop would replace it. Maybe they could give you a door from another enclosure and get the replacement from the maker. Glad your beardie is OK.
    Thanks for your comment! Iíll check with the shop tomorrow and hope they can help.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dellecatty View Post
    Definitely no impact, I was sitting right by the tank and it just shattered!

    Thanks though, I’ll try the shop first!


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    If there was no impact then the only other thing I can think of is heat, but that doesn't make sense because that is what they are designed for
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    If there was no impact then the only other thing I can think of is heat, but that doesn't make sense because that is what they are designed for
    Thatís what I was thinking. The bulb hasnít been changed and itís the same light routine as always. So weird.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dellecatty View Post
    That’s what I was thinking. The bulb hasn’t been changed and it’s the same light routine as always. So weird.


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    I wonder if there could have been a flaw in the glass? I remember when I was a kid my father was driving me to school and the rear window suddenly disintegrated. I don't think they ever had a good explanation. Those are also made from tempered glass. Hope the supplier just gives you a new one and takes it up with his supplier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laabel View Post
    I wonder if there could have been a flaw in the glass? I remember when I was a kid my father was driving me to school and the rear window suddenly disintegrated. I don't think they ever had a good explanation. Those are also made from tempered glass. Hope the supplier just gives you a new one and takes it up with his supplier.
    This wouldn't be the only time this sort of thing happened, many years ago when I drove for Buttercup, my windscreen just shattered for no apparent reason. Luckily I wasn't driving at the time.
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