Do you need to break a window — be it on your vehicle or at home — without making too much noise? Surprisingly, a spark plug can help you do so with little force and effort.
Here’s everything you need to know about breaking a window with a spark plug, from whether it’s truly possible to some neat throwing tips. Read on!
Can You Really Break a Window With a Spark Plug?
If you have ever seen a spark plug, you’re likely a bit confused about how something so small can break a window. Well, the answer is indeed a bit complicated.
Namely, spark plugs are made of metal coated in a thick porcelain layer. As they are, they wouldn’t be able to do much damage to a window, especially not soundlessly. In other words, you would have to hit a window with them over and over again to break it, which would cause a lot of ruckus.
However, matters change when you break a spark plug apart. So, you have to break the porcelain part of the plug with a hammer first. The porcelain shards you get will be uniquely shaped and extremely sharp, all of which will make their impact on your window significantly greater.
So, once the ceramic part of the plug is in pieces, you can use it on your window. I’ll explain how in the sections that follow.
How to Soundlessly Break a Window With a Spark Plug
1. Break Apart Your Spark Plug
As already mentioned, you’ll have to take a spark plug and break it apart before turning to your window. The fastest and most effective way to do so is to use a hammer. Any size is fitting, although you’ll probably have better control using a smaller one, as the plug itself is pretty tiny.
When you’re done with the hammer, you’ll be left with quite a few bits of durable ceramic. Pick the sharpest pieces, as they will do the most damage to the window you’re trying to break. And while picking the pieces, be extra careful not to cut yourself on the jagged bits.
2. Take Precautions to Minimize Noise
Before you skip to the fun part, you should make sure the entire ordeal is as soundless as possible. To do so, lay down blankets or pillows on the ground underneath the window. That way, when the glass shards fall, they will hit a soft surface and make little to no noise.
Besides blankets and pillows, you can also use an old carpet, acoustic foam panels, styrofoam, or anything else you have at hand. As long as it would help minimize the noise, anything goes.
3. Wear Safety Equipment
Since the spark plug bits will break your window into dozens of pieces, it’s crucial to ensure your own safety before starting. So, make sure you wear sturdy gloves and high-quality protection goggles. That way, you will protect both your hands and your eyes.
In addition, it might be a good idea to forgo shorts and short-sleeved shirts and wear a hoodie and long pants instead, along with some boots. By doing so, you will shield your arms and legs from any flying glass shards.
Lastly, it’s wise to get a scarf or a bandana to cover your neck with. Even the smallest pieces of glass hitting you in that area could result in a serious injury, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
4. Break the Window
And now the fun stuff begins — it’s time to break the window! As already mentioned, the spark plug pieces you use should be sharp and edgy. In fact, a sharper, smaller piece will have more impact than a duller bigger one.
Once you have your picks, you should throw them at the window. In addition, you should do it from a safe enough distance that the glass pieces won’t hit you but still be near enough to make an impact with your throws. So, a two to three feet distance should do the trick.
Now, chances are that your first few attempts will be unsuccessful. Namely, you will have to find the necessary amount of force needed for a specific spark plug piece.
So, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right immediately. Keep trying and increasing your force.
The best part about this process is that it is truly soundless. The spark plug bits are so tiny that their impact on the glass won’t disturb anyone in your vicinity. Thus, even if you have to throw them a dozen times, everything will still be quiet.
When you hit the window with the right amount of force, the tiny sharp pieces of ceramic will pierce the glass. This impact will be enough to send the glass flying into countless little pieces.
Thanks to your acoustic precautions, breaking will not cause too much noise. In fact, the only sound will happen immediately as the glass breaks. After that, everything will remain entirely quiet.
5. Take Care of the Residual Glass
Last but not least, you will need to clean up the broken glass. Again, safety is key during this process, so make sure never to pick up glass shards with your bare hands.
Instead, use a dustpan and a broom. These tools will allow you to get everything off the ground without harming yourself in the process. And if you’re tempted to use your vacuum cleaner — don’t even think about it. The glass will cause internal damage to the appliance, meaning that you will definitely have to get a new one.
A handy trick you can use to minimize mess is to duct-tape your window before breaking it. The tape will hold most of it together even after the break, so you won’t have that much to clean up after. If you opt to do this, make sure to use high-quality tape and put it on both sides of the glass.
Quiet Alternatives to a Spark Plug for Breaking Glass
In case this entire process seems too complicated, and you need a different fix, there are some quiet alternatives you can consider. Here are the most effective ones.
Use a Center Punch
Although most people use them as helpful tools for drilling, center punches are great for breaking glass. Their ends are pointy and sharp, so hitting a window with enough force will definitely result in a break.
Now, the only disadvantage of a tool like this is that you might need several tries to break a window. And while spark plug bits don’t make much noise when you repeatedly use them, a center punch does.
So, if soundlessness is your main goal, make sure you use as much force as you can on your first try. That way, you’ll break the glass quickly and avoid making unwanted noise.
Of course, it goes without saying that you should follow the same safety instructions as with the spark plug bits. Likewise, put some acoustic foam panels or blankets on the floor to lessen the impact noise again.
Use a Glass Cutter
Do you need to reach inside your door or vehicle and grab something (the door handle or keys)? In such a case, you don’t actually have to break the whole window. Instead, you can make a cut large enough for your hand to go through.
To do so, you should use a regular glass cutter. Cutting a circular hole is the easiest, but you can also do a square or an irregular shape. Then, just make a few incisions at the center of the shape, and punch out the glass with a hammer or any rock that you can find near you.
The most important fact to remember is to ensure your safety. So, when reaching inside the hole, make sure you wear long gloves. Moreover, try to avoid the edges of the glass as much as you can.
Use Anything Hard You Can Get Your Hands On
And in case you have no fancy tools at your disposal, it pays off to be resourceful. So, you can use pretty much any hard object in your vicinity. That includes rocks, bricks, the metal end of a belt, and so on. Just make sure that the tool you pick is sturdy enough to weather the impact.
Again, the key is to use enough force so you don’t have to hit the glass repeatedly. That way, you’ll reduce the noise to a bearable level and get everything done quickly and efficiently.
Some Final Thoughts
Although it might seem ludicrous, breaking a window without making too much noise is indeed possible. In fact, using broken bits of a spark plug is one of the most effective ways to do it.
However, it’s important to note that most newer windows (on both homes and vehicles) consist of several layers. As such, they are incredibly strong, meaning that nothing but brute force can break them.
In such cases, spark plugs and all other smaller tools might not be enough. Therefore, it pays off to always have a sturdy hammer at hand so that you’re never left locked away with no way to access your car or house.