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July 14, 2005 08:09 AM

Broken: Glass patio tables (potentially)

If your patio furniture includes a glass table, beware: CBC Newfoundland and Labrador - More worry about exploding glass tables.


First!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: First for the first time! at July 14, 2005 09:38 AM

Sounds like the annealing process went awry somehow.

If glass, especially thick glass, is not properly annealed, internal stresses can build up with this sort of unfortunate result.

Posted by: Steve at July 14, 2005 10:06 AM

TIB is broken. Why can't I comment on the "homo sapien" post? Fine, I'll do it here then:

First off, who uses WordPerfect in this day an age? Secondly, the screenshot doesn't show the message he's describing, it simply shows the word "homo" highlighted. Thirdly, I agree that WordPerfect is broken.

It looks at each word individually, and a word processing program needs to examine the words in context. MS Word isn't any better. Although it doesn't consider "homo" to be offensive, "sapien" isn't in its dictionary.

Posted by: Manni at July 14, 2005 10:52 AM

Correction- the screenshot does say that "homo" is offensive. I expected it to show me that notification somewhere near the word, not at the bottom of the screen. Whatever, it's still broken.

Posted by: Manni at July 14, 2005 10:53 AM

This happened to my wife (the glass table exploding, NOT typing Homo into Wordperfect), who was taking an umbrella out of the middle of our patio table and nicked the edge of the hole in the middle of the table with the bottom of the umbrella. Shards ensued, followed closely by a trip to the emergency room for a bleeding toe.

Be careful out there.

Posted by: Steve H. at July 14, 2005 11:16 AM

Had it happen to me also. I figured that soil had gotten into the channels keeping it from being able to expand and contract properly with the temperature changes.

Posted by: sidhewlf at July 14, 2005 11:51 AM

you have scroll down on the pic to see the checkers response... and keping with the spell checker-

Prays the Lord for the spelling chequer

That came with our pea sea!

Mecca mistake and it puts you rite

Its so easy to ewes, you sea.

I never used to no, was it e before eye?

(Four sometimes its eye before e.)

But now I've discovered the quay to success

It's as simple as won, too, free!

Sew watt if you lose a letter or two,

The whirled won't come two an end!

Can't you sea? It's as plane as the knows on yore face

S. Chequer's my very best friend

I've always had trubble with letters that double

"Is it one or to S's?" I'd wine

But now, as I've tolled you this chequer is grate

And its hi thyme you got won, like mine.

Posted by: we are all homos at heart at July 14, 2005 11:52 AM

••-~ Hmmmm..... exploding patio tables.... probably cheaper that all those Crown Victorias I have to replace everytime I leave someone in the car while I "go for a pack of smokes"...

And big dummy me, I always forget to use the gas stations on the bus line and end up having to call a cab for a ride home.

Posted by: WGB Spender at July 14, 2005 01:41 PM

Happy July 14th!

Posted by: anitsirK at July 14, 2005 01:48 PM

The possibility of glass tables exploding is "broken" but presumably easy to explain. However, the article is broken in that it doesn't say anything about why they would explode.

Notice that the article is in Newfoundland, which I've always assumed tends to get rather cold in the winter. Maybe the particular patio tables were not designed to be used in extremely clod weather?

Posted by: Jay at July 14, 2005 02:01 PM

This is like spontaneous combustion. It could happen to any of us! Including you!

Posted by: SpicyMeatball at July 14, 2005 02:12 PM

on the previous one:

Word Perfect isn't that bad considering that some pc makers bundle it for free with their systems.

Also I hate to be a "this isn't broken" person but, it picked up on 'homo' the writer frogot the dash on sapiens, so the spell checker would see it as two diffrent words

/MSW would do the same thing if it had an offense checker

// user myself

Posted by: Vic at July 14, 2005 02:46 PM

Homo sapiens is not hyphenated.

Posted by: Fuzzy at July 14, 2005 03:04 PM

It's not just patio tables, my parents fireplace doors(also tempered glass did this years after they stopped using it.(Leak in the chimney, not worth fixing) Also in case you didn't know old corningware can do the same thing, although it usually only does it when it has hit something.

Posted by: Sean P at July 14, 2005 03:54 PM

This happened to me last summer! Our rectangular glass patio top literally exploded into tiny pieces. The family has all been sitting around it less than 5 minutes later. It was very scary.

Posted by: Beth R at July 14, 2005 04:11 PM

BTW, I come in peace!

Broken: Cannot comment in WordPerfect post

Broken: "Homo" - could be that the computer thinks it could be homosexual or something

Broken: TIB needs a spell check...

"Christopher Benway that WordPerfect doesn't appreciate..."

Benway (said) that

You forgot that...

Oh and also WordPerfect is the worse, it crashes all the time, and it's not backward compatible. My WP files were from ver. 9.0 but in my new computer, I got ver. 10.0 . I couldn't read any of my documents!!!

Posted by: at July 14, 2005 05:43 PM

My brother works with glass, I asked him about it and he said that it was probably tempered glass. Just setting an edge of tempered glass down on concrete will shatter the glass. If it is tempered, just touching an edge of it may cause it to shatter, so not broken, would you rather have it shatter into sharp peices if say, its 100F outside and you set a pitcher of iced tea on it?

Posted by: elite marksman at July 14, 2005 07:27 PM

It's still broken, if tepmered glass breaks so easily they either should't make patio tables with it, or they should sandwitch it like car windows are, so that if it does shatter there is less chance of people getting hurt by flying glass.

Also if you will notice in most of the cases there was no impact involved, the glass shattered for no apparent reason.

Posted by: Sean P at July 14, 2005 07:44 PM

don't stop bbq'ing. if you do, the terrorist have won

Posted by: doesntmatter at July 14, 2005 08:11 PM

Yeah, this happened to us too. It's broken because glass, especially tempered, is not that strong. Why make a table of sub-standard materials. Our had an umbrella hole in it, and exploded while closing the umbrella. Perhaps outdoor tables should be made of stronger glass, or something else entirely.

So very broken. Into tiny pieces, in fact.

Posted by: Andrew Bakke at July 15, 2005 12:51 AM

Andrew, was just going to post that the same thing happened to me several years ago while closing my parents umbrella (was 15 or 16 years old). Shattered into a million, tiny pieces. And I was blamed for not being careful, too!

Posted by: Chris B at July 15, 2005 03:41 AM

this happened to my husband in Pennsylvania. He was putting the umbrella through the hole and nicked the edge. The entire glass top just exploded up towards his face. Why are they selling these unsafe products?

Posted by: sophia at July 15, 2005 07:01 AM

I can imagine the speel chequer would crap if you entered "Homo Erectus"!

Posted by: Jay at July 15, 2005 02:11 PM

Generally, tempered glass doesnt shatter into sharp peices. Normally its small rounded peices, unlike regular glass which is sharp.

Most glass around you is tempered, window panes near the floor, glass doors, its because tempered glass is safer as it wont leave shards when it breaks.

Posted by: elite marksman at July 15, 2005 04:23 PM

glass tables that are safe because when they explode the shards are rounded OOO that makes perfect sense WARNING WARNING LAWSUIT LAWSUIT

Posted by: mhop at July 16, 2005 09:23 AM

Regarding Wordperfect:

I don't know what the compatibility issue is that people are griping about. The only thing resembling a compatibilty problem I've had is loading an ancient file that used a font not installed on my system and it picked something insane rather than a reasonable match. Once I figured out what was up it was a 15 second fix.

As for why one would use it--I've never heard of a security vulnerability with it. Furthermore it's reveal codes mode can be a lifesaver when a document gets screwed up. Several times I've loaded someone's Word document into Wordperfect in order to figure out how to unfubar it.

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at July 17, 2005 03:02 PM

This is Interesting. Obviously, glass can explode if it's like thirty degrees out and you throw hot water on it, but i've never heard of tables spontaneously exploding. Anyway, don't most glass tables have a metal rim to prevent that? No wait, never mind. My kitchen tabletop used to be glass, rimless. It lasted for 14 years without a problem, until my dad cut sheets of plywood on it, misjudged where the table ended, and broke the thing with his circular saw. Anyway, i've never really had the problem of anything spontaneously blowing up. But i'm weird.

Posted by: Bob at July 17, 2005 03:32 PM

Exploding patio tables!!!! I'm very scared now!

Posted by: ... at July 17, 2005 05:32 PM

You should be!

Posted by: Bob at July 17, 2005 07:49 PM

I had the same thing happen to a tempered glass table on my deck...came home and it was everywhere.

Bought it at K-Mart.. "Martha Stewart" brand.

No recourse. Never again!!!

Posted by: Mike at July 28, 2005 04:05 PM

This happened to me once. I was heating the table with a butane torch and, it didn't "explode;" but rather shattered into very small peices that I would concider much safer than large shards. Explosion invloves release of energy; the pieces fell straight down due to gravity.

And "Homo sapiens" is not hypenated, it is italicized. The first word is capitalized.

Posted by: NK at August 7, 2005 07:49 AM

Ah yes the exploding table...been there done that. I was replacing the umbrella back into the hole. Not really sure what happened next but the next thing i vividly remembering was a ear piercing shattering sound and thousands of tiny shards of glass flying everywhere as I stood there still holding the umbrella in the now gone center hole. My neighbors heard me and came running out in a panic...too bad I was actually borrowing the table from my sister for a bbq I was it wasn't "my" table but after shattering it into thousands of pieces the 75.00 I paid my sister to go buy a new one made it "my" table....

Posted by: Julette at September 6, 2005 06:06 PM

As I was walking by our livingroom sofa table .. tempered glass top had for years .. it litteraly exploded.. cause I would say due to a sound .. but not sure. was a interesting thing ,,, to say the least. all and all is a rare happening .. so I wouldn't be worried about having a glass table .. but when you see it explode right infront of you .. makes you think ., but still not worried about having glass

Posted by: Steven at March 29, 2006 12:01 AM

Had this happen to me today - nobody was within 30 feet of the table. I was inside and heard a loud crash, went outside and the glass was in thousands of little bits. Alot of glass in my 18month old sons sand box - luckily he was napping!

The table is 2 years old and from Sears. We called them and they pretty much accused us of lying, saying "glass doesn't do that". Anyone ever get any satisfaction from the retailer or manufacturere??

Posted by: Kelly at June 20, 2006 12:17 AM

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