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If at first it won't work, DON'T use force. (PSA)

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Some of you may have read my post a few days ago detailing how:
1. A friend ripped my mirror apart at the ball socket pictured above.
2. In trying to force the socket back on the ball, I cracked the windshield.
3. I don't have glass coverage on my poor-person's insurance.

Well, today I decided to go and google "how to remove donnelly (brand) rear view mirror." As it turns out, this thing has a spring in it, and semi-easily detaches from the windshield if you stick a screwdriver in the access hole on the bottom and push the spring away from the metal mount glued to the windshield.
In my infinite wisdom, I decided to force the socket on this ball when it was still attached to the windshield, creating an 8'' spiderweb crack I am too ashamed to post a picture of.
Note to smart jalops (oppo-ers?): Don't use force around glass.
As it turns out, even with the ball off the windshield, there's no way in hell this socket is going back on this ball without breaking the mirror glass. Fortunately, I was able to find a new (better) mirror, from the same OEM supplier, Donnelly:

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Taken from the esteemed 2000 Chevy Lumina, this dual lighted mirror represents the pinnacle of automotive design. It also happens to cost $20 shipped, which is cheaper than a replacement stock mirror.
Tomorrow, the new glass goes in (no blue tint on top), for $140+tax. This week, the new mirror arrives. I'll have to make a post about the minor electrical work it'll take to hook this baby up.

Update: New glass is on. $154 including labor, and it took 45 minutes. Called them yesterday, so that was quick.

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