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PostSubject: Repaired Glass Top   Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:47 pm

Just a quick note about a local glass shop that, I think, did a great job for me.  Last night, I was doing a PWC on my 29g Oceanic.  I had taken the top off, which was separated into two pieces.  The old hinge had broken after 20+ years and I had not put together the pieces with the new hinge strip.  Anyway, I bumped into the bucket holding the pieces and the back piece broke beyond usability.  Not even duck tape could resurrect it.

I asked my wife to run the broken piece by Cooke's Glass Cooke's Glass today to see if they could duplicate it.  Within 10 minutes, my wife was walking out with a new replacement piece and they even put the back plastic material back on.  It looked identical to the old Oceanic glass, frosted and smooth, seamed edges. I'm posting a picture of the new one.

The hardest part was putting the piece into the other side of the hinge. I enlisted the aid of my wife, and using a hair-dryer to heat the plastic material, the new piece of glass fit right in.

Maybe this wasn't such a quick note. BTW, they charged $11.00 which I felt really good about.

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PostSubject: Re: Repaired Glass Top   Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:14 pm

This worked out for you really well!  The price seems about right, to me.  When I needed an odd-size glass top for one side of my 55, Hart Glass, a local business in Richmond, offered me a choice of three thicknesses.  The piece was ready by noon that day and they charged me less than $10.  Since then, I've had other pieces of glass cut and the edges smoothed for similar prices.  

What I like about your story is how you figured out a way to get the glass into the hinge.  I took my whole Versa-top to the glass shop for a vertical cut and was told they could not cut through the plastic/vinyl hinge.  They tried to take the glass panels out to cut them separately, but could not get them out!

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PostSubject: Re: Repaired Glass Top   Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:02 pm

I love some of my older equipment like my full Versa-tops hoods. Keeping them in them in good repair can be challenging. Thanks for posting...  Cool

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