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Old 02-18-2010, 11:51 PM   #1
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I was asked to fill in some ware house doors with block to help seal up an old ware house in town. The existing garage style doors have two roughly 16 X 32 windows that let a lot of natural light into a fairly dark interior. The owner would like to retain the natural light by using some glass block basically in the same layout as the existing windows.

The openings are 7'6" wide and 88" tall. I priced glass block and pre assembled panels. Panels are about $70 and the glass block are $8 ea. I haven't laid a lot of glass block, but I know they are a pain. I thought the block price was way high as the pre assembled panels were about the same as the raw block.

Any ideas that I am not thinking of here. I plan to weld 4" X 4" angle back to back and make a lintel and lay bond beam upside down for the header. No real weight issue, just need an opening. I could evenly space 2 glass block in every other course to help spread the light out. Open for more and better ideas. I got the job, cost is always a consideration so forget the glow in the dark, thermally activated, flashing CMU's.

I did a drawing with sketch up that looks pretty good, but I can't figure out how to post here. Any help would be appreciated on this front as well.
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I did a drawing with sketch up that looks pretty good, but I can't figure out how to post here. Any help would be appreciated on this front as well.
Take a pic with a camera or scan the sketch then just upload it to tinypic.com and then cut and paste the [img] code they generate for you into your post.

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I use photobucket. Tried uploading the file, but photobucket doesn't recognize the skp files. Tried saving it as a photo, didn't work. Trying to scan without printing.

It's not that great of a picture, and this is about as simple as it gets for describing a potential project. Just trying to learn how to use my computer mo better.
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I use photobucket. Tried uploading the file, but photobucket doesn't recognize the skp files. Tried saving it as a photo, didn't work. Trying to scan without printing.

It's not that great of a picture, and this is about as simple as it gets for describing a potential project. Just trying to learn how to use my computer mo better.
ahh so you used sketchup....great program.

hmm let me think.
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Ok real simple...just did it myself in sketchup. Instead of using the save as function use the export and 2d like the picture shows. This saves a png file which can be uploaded to photobucket.
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Thanks Tim, looks like that is going to work. Although my sketches are a little small. Loading now.




Random Glass block



Traditional window style




Nuts, I forgot to resize them. Sorry about the wide screen.

I'm not exactly an artist yet, but you get the idea.
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How did you capture and post your screen like that?

I need to get to bed, its 1 am already.
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How did you capture and post your screen like that?

I need to get to bed, its 1 am already.
Just use the printscreen button on my keyboard.

One of those buttons with the dust on it.
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"Capturing Screen images in windows": (at least in Vista), click the Start button, and type Snipping Tool (in the Start Search box). Before your done typing it should already show up. It's very versatile and easy-to-use. That drafting program looks promising!
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Hold down the control key, then hit the prt sc button. Open the windows paint program, then hit control and V key.
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Ok, thanks for all the tips on how to run a computer.

Back to the topic, any other ideas for additional light in a block wall?
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i like the 2nd design more than the first one.i think it is more practical,and would allow for more light.i know that doesnt make sense,since more than likely there will be the same amount of glass block.
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First thought I had was screen block, any design, with plexi-glass on both sides. I do not think I would like how it would look, but it would work.
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In my opinion the random glass block would work better. An analogy would be driving behind a trucker. His vantage points from the mirrors have 'blind spots'. If you agree with that, then I'm guessing the RGB idea would offer more coverage.
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The style of glass block that you use makes a difference, some are more opaque than others, and also which way the window/panel is facing + the time of day. Here is one that I put in the bathroom that I'm renovating in my own house.

From another angle

These are the type that I'm going to use for the back of the shower stall
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Personally, I hate glass block. How about cutting random holes in the wall then filling them with stacked sheets of glass laid perpendicularly to the wall.

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