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#2291440 - 05/05/11 11:15 AM Pics of new plexiglass windows
texasspazzman Offline
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Neat thing about this design are the hinges. They're cabinet hinges that have a nylon insert. They will stay at any position from closed to fully opened, and they make ZERO noise to open and close. Plus they open up and out of the way.
I used a fine tooth table saw blade to cut the 1/8" plexiglass, and 5/32 rivets to connect the hinges to the plexiglass. About $10 per window was the final cost. I also have exterior plywood windows for the offseason, so the plexiglass doesn't get scratched up by the elements.
Oh, by the way....the exterior windows had not been cut out yet when I took these pics.






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#2291498 - 05/05/11 11:31 AM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: texasspazzman]
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So THAT's how you do it... you know how many pieces of plexiglass I destroyed trying to mount hinges directly to the plastic?

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#2291572 - 05/05/11 12:01 PM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: jaymz]
texasspazzman Offline
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Originally Posted By: jaymz
So THAT's how you do it... you know how many pieces of plexiglass I destroyed trying to mount hinges directly to the plastic?

Yep, rivets are the key there. I build these to sell, but not in mass production. I'm not trying to keep any secrets. I just know there are tons of folks that like to build their own, so I'm just sharing my successful ideas.
Pretty soon, I'm going to post the whole process I use to build one. I took lots of pics thru the build this time.


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#2291626 - 05/05/11 12:30 PM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: texasspazzman]
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Do you recall the "type" of cabinet hinge, self-closing? Thx.


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#2292621 - 05/05/11 07:09 PM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: WTN]
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Nice job!

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#2292851 - 05/05/11 08:45 PM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: my2071111]
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nice design!


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#2293627 - 05/06/11 05:53 AM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: jim1961]
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I like your pop rivet handle. I also like the hinges. Wish I had thought of those when I was building my windows. I used thinner plex and built window frames out of screen window frame kit. I too used pop rivets and plastic washers and only cracked the plex one time. I believe the trick to not breaking the plex is to drill the hole a little larger than you would if you were putting the rivet in metal and that lets the hinge on one side and the washer on the other side put even preasure on the plex and the swelling of the rivet expanding does not crack the plex.

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#2295777 - 05/07/11 09:24 AM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: twinbubba]
texasspazzman Offline
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Originally Posted By: twinbubba
I like your pop rivet handle. I also like the hinges. Wish I had thought of those when I was building my windows. I used thinner plex and built window frames out of screen window frame kit. I too used pop rivets and plastic washers and only cracked the plex one time. I believe the trick to not breaking the plex is to drill the hole a little larger than you would if you were putting the rivet in metal and that lets the hinge on one side and the washer on the other side put even preasure on the plex and the swelling of the rivet expanding does not crack the plex.
Next time you rivet hinges to the plexiglas, don't squeeze it down all the way. Just do it enough to hold tight. With 3 rivets in that small area, they don't need to be crimped all the way down. Crimping them down all the way will crack the plexiglas every time. I would not drill the holes bigger, because that will allow it to get loose over time.


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#2295873 - 05/07/11 10:46 AM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: texasspazzman]
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Great Thread


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#2295881 - 05/07/11 10:48 AM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: JonnyRay]
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Nice

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#2297408 - 05/08/11 02:01 PM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: BMD]
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Where did you buy the hinges at? I've built a few with plexiglass and used small bolts/nuts and never had an issue with one cracking. I love those hinges though.

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#2297796 - 05/08/11 06:21 PM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: EllisCountyHunter]
texasspazzman Offline
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Originally Posted By: EllisCountyHunter
Where did you buy the hinges at? I've built a few with plexiglass and used small bolts/nuts and never had an issue with one cracking. I love those hinges though.

You can get them anywhere really...Home Depot, Lowes, etc.


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#3531827 - 08/31/12 05:37 PM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: texasspazzman]
texasspazzman Offline
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ttt....for inquiring minds. smile

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#3540659 - 09/04/12 10:29 AM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: texasspazzman]
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Registered: 09/01/09
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great info, thanks for sharing

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#5746502 - 05/16/15 09:54 AM Re: Pics of new plexiglass windows [Re: texasspazzman]
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Registered: 01/31/09
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Loc: Rowlett
Do you have any problem with rain leaking between the window and shooting ledge? I have similar windows but rain seeps between the window. Also, how does your hook keep the window from blowing open?

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