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Old 04-10-2019, 07:06 AM   #1
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Sliding tempered glass door replacement?

Is it ok to use a tempered glass sliding door as my front door?

My local resale shop has an Andersen window for cheap and I'm wondering if I can't just make some cutouts and add hinges and a lock to use as my front door. I'd also add a vertical and 3 or 4 horizontal bars inside, but mostly for aesthetic reasons. I've seen a couple glass door skoolies on Pinterest and wondering if it's a good idea in real life.
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:31 AM   #2
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A number of folks here have used similar doors and have had good success.

I have heard that doing so is against DOT regs but have not confirmed that.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:04 AM   #3
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I'm curious, do you mean your outside front door? I was thinking about using a glass door and wall to separate the living space from the driver's area. It was just a thought, but the outside door would be interesting too.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:19 AM   #4
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Most vehicles use tempered glass for sides and safety glass (laminated with a plastic core) for ends.
I'm not sure how using this door for your front door would be out of conformance with DOT regs unless it's because of visibility issues.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:23 AM   #5
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I have been told that auto glass must be DOT approved.

I have not confirmed this but I have noticed that the 23 pieces of auto glass in my driveway all have "DOT approved" stamped on them.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:26 AM   #6
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Yes, I mean my outside main door
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:30 AM   #7
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Do you mean "good success" in that they didn't break? Do you remember who used a sliding door for their bus?

I don't see why it wouldn't work. Sure it's not DOT approved but it shouldn't take a direct hit since it's on the side of the bus.

Here are the ones I saw on Pinterest:

https://pin.it/r7rmx66d7jpv5a
https://pin.it/cjpnpitzb5ra22
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Old 04-10-2019, 02:02 PM   #8
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Do you mean "good success" in that they didn't break? Do you remember who used a sliding door for their bus?

I don't see why it wouldn't work. Sure it's not DOT approved but it shouldn't take a direct hit since it's on the side of the bus.

Here are the ones I saw on Pinterest:

https://pin.it/r7rmx66d7jpv5a
https://pin.it/cjpnpitzb5ra22
where I live, all glass in vehicles, trailers, pickup caps, motor homes, etc, MUST be safety glass - I'm sure a glass door would be fine if the glass was safety glass - I've had a steal door and frame in mind for my bus ( once I get it ), and turning it into a glass door like the one you pictured using safety glass
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