8 Replies to “NY: Next time, do ask first.”

  1. I always thou8ght the X on the glass was to reduce flying shards when (not if) the window broke, not to actually protect the window. Is this not true?




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  2. An ‘X’ might (just might) reduce shards from under the tape…maybe. Whatever is flying is is still getting in and you have now an opening for the wind and water to come in. Miami Dade Window Code is to test a window with a piece of 2×4 weighing no more than 9 pounds traveling at 35 mph; tape does not hold good.. there is some great video out there.




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  3. The duct tape isn’t to keep the windows from breaking, it’s to keep the glass shards from turning into projectiles when it does break. It’s a common sight in WWII movies and documentaries set in England.




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  4. The English authorities admitted, shortly after the end of WWII, that the recommended “X” of tape across a window would do little good, but it helped morale by giving people something they could do to make them feel useful.

    Sort of the same reason why airlines make us listen to life preserver information before we take off. (“And then, as we begin our terror-filled 800mph screaming plunge straight down to the earth three miles below, make sure your life vest fits snugly around your upper chest by pulling Cord A to the left . . . “)




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  5. The big X on widows is primarily to keep some idiot from throwing construction debris through a newly installed window for the most part, or trying to walk through the same no longer existing opening As in “Oops! I didnt know they put tje glass in”
    By the way; the fabric type tape is “duck” tape. Duct tape, used in ventilation ducting is 2 or 3 mil aluminum with a very aggressive adhesive that you don’t want to have to remove from glass.




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