Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5: Fun in the Neighborhood or


how to change a glass pane the easy way.

Noise, clanking and lots of activity right in front of my balcony at 7 a.m.: what in the world is going on was my first thought. Second one: thank goodness I am already up!

Rolled up the aluminum awning (finally back to warm days and as my bedroom has the afternoon sun, this is an up and down game everyday) and found myself about 10 meters from a huge yellow crane. It took up the whole road and I didn’t have to wait long to find out what was going on when my neighbors said hello from their balcony (we share a wall).

Now most of us when a window or glass pane breaks, call someone who comes and replaces it: this involves some measuring, lots of packing, a medium size truck and perhaps an hour or two. This was a whole other ball game: the whole procedure took about 3 hours – to change a broken glass pane measuring approx. 3 x 3 meters and we had front row seats. 

OK so the road was blocked off and I wasn’t able to get out to neither coffee nor mail, however, this was entertainment at its best as shown in the pictures below.  D-L’s fiance took videos, which I am hoping that he will post so here is his link, just in case:

What will we do tomorrow for entertainment?

Oh, yes, one last detail – the broken pane? They deliberately dropped it, making it easier to transport, once the insurance agent had been to see it. We may not have had fireworks for 4th of July, but we got the crackling sound with a slight time delay in any case.

Crane set-up

Glass pane clamps

Broken window coming over

Street level for inspection

On the ground for removal

New window going up

New window going over the three-story house in front of its destination

Clearing the roof