09:44PM | 03/13/05
Member Since: 02/25/05
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Pardon the stupid question, but would it be possible to install raw window glass into a properly-spaced and gasketed channel cut into say, a 2x6 as a "frame?" Obviously, there would need to be two panes for energy efficiency, but does the concept sound like a reasonable alternative to expensive pre-framed windows?


04:31PM | 03/14/05
Member Since: 02/25/05
42 lifetime posts
Thanks for the response, k2. What I found was that a standard 34x76 patio door replacemnt glass, thermo, low E, tempered, was roughly $130 in my area. That's a pretty big incentive to go the route I'm talking about vs. the cost for a pre-framed window of that size.


05:50AM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
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Until that same situation that caused the glass to break in the first place happens again. those huge shards could kill someone. That's why codes require such a large glass area to be tempered.

The other concern might be settling of the wall putting pressure on the glass itself and causing it to explode/break and the resulting large FANGS of glass that would be flying/falling in such an event -- another reason to go tempered glass. Basically you're talking about making a large "picture frame" window, but without a pre-hung frame like a store front window. As long as its isolated from shifting/racking/settling and TEMPERED it shouldn't be a problem. If tempered, you prob want the glass supplier to "lead" the outside edge (they don't actually use lead anymore) to protect it from hairline cracks/nicks though, as they weaken the glass.


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