Glass Block Installation

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  1. Shawn wyson
    November 2, 2014

    I'm going to be doing glass blocks for my basement windows and it's my first time doing so. The question that I had was that the mesurements for the windows is 31 and 1/4 height and 31 and 3/4 width when I mesure them to put in they seem to be short on the height and I was wondering on how to fix that issue.

    • Tim Carter
      November 3, 2014

      Add extra mortar top and bottom and in bed joints between glass if necessary.

  2. Neil Thorley
    December 14, 2016

    Hi, Is there a guide on how long such glass block windows can be? I have a 3355mm long x 625mm height opening currently fitted with rotting windows and frame. I like the idea of glass blocks but I know that they are not load bearing. There is a large concrete lintel but I guess that there is always a bit of downward load particularly over such a distance. If it is too long I could break it up with a brick pillar 1 in the middle of 2 at 1/3-2/3. Is there any guidance please?

  3. Roger Ratkowski
    January 11, 2017

    I had my basement windows (above grade) replaced in 2/2014. They left the complete metal frame in the wall and placed the glass block windows inside the frames and mortared them. I am now in the process of finishing my basement and noticed that the metal frames have condensation (water and also ice closest to the window). I thought it was standard practice to remove the metal frame when installing. I hadn't paid attention to this detail until now (Due to the basement finishing project). Were these windows installed correctly or should have the metal frame been removed? What can I do now to prevent the condensation and ice as I have had my entire basement insulated with spray foam and had drywall walls put up and around these windows...I am afraid the condensation will cause water and/or mold issues. Any suggestions?

    • Tim Carter
      January 11, 2017

      Ouch! You should have thought about this before the job was bid. There's no easy fix at this point. What a darn shame.

      Seriously, I can't think of an easy way to remove the inner steel frame without a serious amount of work. Yes, the steel should have been removed BTW.

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