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Crews pull out glass panels at W; experts still unsure what's causing breakage
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/crews-pull-out-glass-panels-at-w-experts-1571381.html ^

Posted on 06/30/2011 5:48:23 PM PDT by Orange1998

Crews have started removing almost 1,000 panels of glass from balconies at the 37-story W Austin Hotel and Residences, a job that will likely extend into next week.

Replacement work cannot begin, though, until developer Stratus Properties learns what caused panels to shatter and fall three times in just over two weeks.

The downtown hotel temporarily closed its doors Tuesday night after a trio of panels rained down on the building's south side. On Monday, three other panels dropped onto nearby streets. No one was hurt in either of this week's incidents, but four people suffered injuries when two panels crashed into the W's pool area June 10.

By late Wednesday afternoon, a team of 12 two-man crews had cleared glass from balconies on several of the high-rise's upper floors.

(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: china; glass
A condo owner at the W allowed the American-Statesman to inspect a balcony Wednesday. Etching on a glass panel bore the symbol and name of XYG, or Xinyi Glass, a Chinese glass manufacturer founded in 1988.
1 posted on 06/30/2011 5:48:28 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998
glass is a slow moving liquid, looks like Chinese glass moves a little faster than optimal...
2 posted on 06/30/2011 6:05:41 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Orange1998

Steve Winn claims his hotels have class. In Austin, people would just appreciate reliable glass. Surely he could have bought from somewhere other than the schlock-masters in Communist China.


3 posted on 06/30/2011 6:12:41 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Orange1998

Anything and everything made in china is either junk or poisonous.


4 posted on 06/30/2011 6:13:15 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Orange1998
CLICK FOR RELATED ATLANTA ARTICLE:

INTERESTING BACKGROUND & PERSPECTIVE

5 posted on 06/30/2011 6:16:35 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Orange1998
Remember this?

Boston's Plywood Palace


6 posted on 06/30/2011 6:16:42 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81
Herald American headline:

Boston's Pain In the Glass


7 posted on 06/30/2011 6:28:03 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: Wings-n-Wind
Interesting how this article left out the death of one girl and another serious condition. And the link says the incidents are totally unrelated.

W Hotel officials in Atlanta have said that the incidents were "quite different" and "totally unrelated."

8 posted on 06/30/2011 6:28:32 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

I wonder if expansion or contraction of the building is the problem or something in the Sill is corroding to put pressure on the edge of the glass. Or whatever little pads the glass is sitting on broke down to their is nothing left to the point of glass on metal and a little vibration on the edge and pow the glass breaks.


9 posted on 06/30/2011 6:39:27 PM PDT by ReformedBeckite ( 3 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: I see my hands

They had some great headlines back then


10 posted on 06/30/2011 6:51:56 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Orange1998

when fixing the glasses to the window sash, the high quality and the durable U-type glue is used instead of using the easy-aging and environmental polluted silicon ketone glass glue which not only convenient for fixing, but also according with the prevailing of environmental protection, and meanwhile, all the accessories is the commin accessories on sale in the market which is low cost and easy for the customer to select and to by

but it no last too long


11 posted on 06/30/2011 6:54:31 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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http://www.xinhe-alu.com/en/about.php


12 posted on 06/30/2011 6:59:36 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Orange1998

I knew it before I read it. Saw the headline and thought to myself. Bet the glass was made in china. Sure enough, it was.


13 posted on 06/30/2011 7:04:53 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Orange1998

We arrived home one afternoon to discover that our entire sliding glass door was missing. It had broken in an odd way. There were no large pieces and all the small pieces were about the same size, roughly half inch square.

Since this was an entrance door we needed it replaced immediately. We called Dothan Glass and they came out within an hour and replaced it inexpensively and quickly.

One of the workers told us that tempered glass actually did that every now and then and it always breaks the same way.


14 posted on 06/30/2011 7:18:01 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: SouthTexas

You bet your glass ping...


15 posted on 06/30/2011 7:18:01 PM PDT by tubebender (The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some very good ideas)
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To: Orange1998

Chinese glass plus Texas heat? What did they expect.

They had some glass problems in Dallas this week, as well.


16 posted on 06/30/2011 7:18:32 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Orange1998

Interesting: http://www.glassonweb.com/articles/article/330/


17 posted on 06/30/2011 7:19:54 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Orange1998
Etching on a glass panel bore the symbol and name of XYG, or Xinyi Glass, a Chinese glass manufacturer founded in 1988.

Somewhere, Richard Nixon is smiling.

18 posted on 06/30/2011 7:20:19 PM PDT by stboz
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To: cableguymn

China Glass is also in after market windshields.


19 posted on 06/30/2011 7:20:28 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: USMCPOP

VERY GOOD article on the subject. Appears you can tell if it has “Glass Cancer” simple using a microscope.


20 posted on 06/30/2011 7:24:10 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

***...learns what caused panels to shatter and fall three times in just over two weeks.***

Sounds like what happened to the Hancock Building in Boston several decades ago.


21 posted on 06/30/2011 7:24:22 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
I recall the the Donald was ranting about not being able to get US made glass panels for his new buildings....seems Chinese companies grabbed the market by offering mucho lower prices.

Look out CA ...their main Bay Bridge components are made in China.

22 posted on 06/30/2011 7:46:23 PM PDT by spokeshave (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA.)
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To: spokeshave

Many of the parts have been rejected already.


23 posted on 06/30/2011 7:52:22 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Orange1998

Dubya’s fault!


24 posted on 06/30/2011 7:58:55 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: stboz

Or Deng Xio Ping.


25 posted on 06/30/2011 8:02:04 PM PDT by comps4spice (Liberalism is a threat to life and liberty in the USA.)
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To: Orange1998

Same thing with trying to put holes in tempered glass - the imbalance of stresses will cause shattering. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvRgklsm6so


26 posted on 06/30/2011 8:04:19 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: tubebender

I’m half way around my house changing windows. Started about 20 years ago and at this rate, it’s quite possible that I’ll die before I get all the way around.

None of them have broken though. :)


27 posted on 07/01/2011 7:34:53 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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