Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tiny pieces of glass everywhere

Pics first:

I'd been sick and busy, and I've been missing my blog already.
This should go first. Yesterday at around 6 am, we were rudely awakened by a loud sound, I thought I heard something like a bang. The first thing in my mind was, someone broke into our apartment. Later I heard sounds like water dripping, thought the ceiling in the bathroom just crashed down, and finally I thought it could be the wall shelf in the kitchen.
I ran out of the bedroom, I felt something pricking my sole and there was my beloved dining table, the top was shattered in thousands pieces, and bit by bit fell on the floor, sending pieces everywhere.
I'm still puzzled. We had it for 6 years. By the way, it was an Ikea, Moment is the name. But I could not find the pic from the website. Okay, I understand there might be a point of weakness after wear and tear, but what really triggered it to be shattered when everyone was asleep at 6 am in the morning. And I'd been really careful when putting hot food on it, always with something underneath to protect the top. And to think that once I saw a staff of Ikea banging on their tampered glass dining table top to show how strong it was, with a hammer. And now, our top just shattered like that.
Earlier during dinner, only the two girls used it, eating their cooled chicken soup in their plastic bowls. I woke up at 2.30 am, and wiped the top, drank some water from a plastic tumbler that I placed on it before returning to bed. I didn't notice any unusual, a crack or something. And I'm pretty sure I was wide awake and alert when wiping it.
On the table, there were a wall clock, another dead table clock (it's the easiest to look at the time from there during morning rush hour;)), two bottles of mineral water (500 ml, and 1.5 l half-filled), two bottle of McCormick herbs, 3 bananas and at the end the girls backpack from the babysitter's.
Under it, two boxes that had been there for months, and a spoiled TV that hubby put there for a week and it was never switched on.
I'm a bit heart-broken now that we don't have a dining table, besides I really love it. I love glass as it is easiest to clean, and I trust them when they say it is tampered but now I'm a bit sceptical to get another one. Anyway there are always things to be grateful. It didn't happen when the girls use it, and luckily I woke up first. It is normal that Bea2 and Bea3 would look for me in the other room in the wee hours, and I leave both doors open. They might step on the glasses.
It so happen mom-in-law was here yesterday, she cleaned the mess but still last night we still found pieces here and there.
Without a warranty, of course I can't even dream of getting a replacement but I'm making a report, anyway. To me it is just dangerous to know that their so-called tampered glass can shatter like that, as in this case without a warning.
Now, time to start looking for a new dining table!
Update on Monday:
On Thursday, I ran to Ikea to quickly browsed through for a new table, also to make a report. Found out that Moment has been discontinued, so hubby's idea to try getting the only new top is out. He also suggested to modify a kitchen countertop as a new top, I don't really trust him on his DIY skill. Plus we are also considering a round table now, as we believe it will gives us more space and will look better in the apartment.
I was not really happy only writing a report in a form, as I didn't attach any pic. So, in the office wrote an email to them. On Friday, I received two calls from them (and later another email), thanking me and an explanation on how tempered glass behaves, the way it shatters into tiny 'rounded' pieces but not with sharp edges. I do understand that, but Bea1 and hubby got some scratches also;). Anyway, they said they will get back to me on any updates.
Spent 4 hours again in Ikea while waiting for hubby's dentist appointment on saturday. One round table that we like is oversold pulak, back empty-handed but at least the girls were satisfied with ample time playing there.


Blogger NJ said...

Wow that is pretty scary. It literally shattered to pieces at 6 am. All the while I thot tampered glasses are durable, and ur dining table was purchased from Ikea summore. Have to be careful nowadays..Thanks for the reminder.

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7:50 AM  
Blogger Mama22Beas said...

nj, yes that's why we chose them (our coffee table also) but with this experience, think no more for us. Anyway, I'd been reminded by Ikea that tempered here means more on the way it shatters into tiny more roundish pieces, not on the emphasize on the strength, but to again think on how the staff bang it with a hammer...dunno what to say la.

I've seen the meme in Idham's. Will do it, and will try to do it fast;).

1:56 PM  
Anonymous mumsgather said...

Oh No! All I can think of is all that clean up you have to do. Luckily no one was hurt.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Mama22Beas said...

MG...yes, was a bit upset about that too but at least MIL did it while we were away at work/school/babysitter's. Did more thorough cleaning during the weekend but last night I found a piece under the bed, it got there as the door was open.

5:41 PM  
Blogger ninuk said...

that's scary, something like having yr windshield scattered to 100001 pieces. and safety hazard as well. am interested to know 1kea futher response in addition to the technicality how tempered glass can be scattered as such. hmmm baru ingat nak beli glass top for the ser1 maya dining table.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Mama22Beas said...

Ninuk...yes, but now car windshield comes with a layer that holds the pieces together, right? Seriously, thought those tempered glass pun like that la.
Will get everyone updated on responce from them, if there is any.

1:51 PM  
Blogger said...

Sue! Sue! Sue! Faster! Hahaha. But scary lah. Lucky the kids aren't playing nearby ya.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Mama22Beas said...

Lil...think can't sue la, though now I wish that I know of the risks earlier. I never thought tempered glass can be like that. But yes, lucky it happened that time.

7:02 PM  
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1:04 AM  

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