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wichman3

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12-11-2016 06:13 PM

I am helping a friend with his shop. All of the windows are broken. I offered to fix them (I work where I can get scrap glass) but he says it is the birds flying into the windows. What would be a good permanent fix? Plexiglas, window screens, or hardware cloth screens? The birds are starlings and pigeons.


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#1 posted 12-11-2016 08:29 PM

can you get scrap safety glass …. or 1/4 inch plexiglas

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#2 posted 12-11-2016 08:35 PM

I doubt birds could break tempered glass. It’s pretty resistant to impact and what they use for storm windows.

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#3 posted 12-12-2016 01:16 AM



can you get scrap safety glass …. or 1/4 inch plexiglas

- GR8HUNTER

Safety glass cannot be cut, it has to be special ordered to size, 1/4 inch plexiglass is out as well ($$).

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#4 posted 12-12-2016 01:17 AM



I doubt birds could break tempered glass. It s pretty resistant to impact and what they use for storm windows.

- JAAune

Tempered glass cannot be cut. It has to be cut to size and then tempered.

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#5 posted 12-12-2016 01:34 AM

I used sliding doors turned on the side.

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#6 posted 12-12-2016 02:09 AM

Try a pellet gun

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wichman3

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#7 posted 12-12-2016 02:14 AM



Try a pellet gun

- corelz125

Too many birds to just shoot.

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#8 posted 12-12-2016 02:36 AM

After you replace the glass you could try safety film. It is cheaper than continual glass replacement. it helps fortify the glass and if they manage to break it the glass will stay in place.

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#9 posted 12-12-2016 02:42 AM

Can you find any salvaged plexiglass? I was in sticker shock myself when I needed to buy it, how much more it is than regular glass

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#10 posted 12-12-2016 03:51 AM

replace with regular glass and make frames for hardware cloth and put over the windows. If he opens them he gets air so nothing bad with that. The birds will work on the cloth but it should hold for quite some time.

OR try this method:

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#11 posted 12-12-2016 03:12 PM

Wow never heard of that before.

I think tempered glass is the best alternative. Yes it can be cut. I have had tempered glass cut for several table tops so I know that can be done.

I’ve seen people put fake owls on the roof to keep birds away.

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#12 posted 12-12-2016 03:46 PM

PARDON ME …........I thought you said you can get scrap glass ??? just put a hawk near them windows

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 12-12-2016 04:24 PM

Do you have any pictures of the windows? Never seen a window broken from a bird before… tough birds!!

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#14 posted 12-12-2016 06:22 PM

Hardware metal cloth screens would work well. Chances of birds flying into all windows seems rare ?
Try posting picture of shop ?
BEST of Luck !

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#15 posted 12-19-2016 12:35 PM

+1 for the hardware cloth. I did this fix for someone who had a similar problem.

I built a wood frame and stapled the h.c. to that, first time I used 1/4” and wound up changing it to 1/2” as the bigger gaps make it less noticeable.

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