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Old 02/27/2015, 04:03 PM   #36
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My thoughts:
It doesn't matter if the cut out is done with a water jet or with diamond coated hand tools, the pane of glass will see the same pressure when filled with water.

The water jet method will result in less micro-fractures on the "as cut" edges. These micro-fractures are the most likely starting point for failure regardless of method used. Finishing work done after the cut is the key to longevity.

The installation of an external overflow or "scupper" box will add rigidity and reduce the ability of the cut pane to flex or bow, thus minimizing any integrity possibly lost due to the cut out.

I'm at over 100 days and have not lost a wink of sleep over this. Take a close look, I even compromised the top brace too! In 880 days or after the meteor strike, I'll post pics of the catastrophic failure

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