09:44PM | 03/13/05
Member Since: 02/25/05
42 lifetime posts
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
361 lifetime posts
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.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Unless you live in a very warm climate, your lemon tree should be brought indoors in the winter and then returned outdoors... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon