7 Steps to Build a Glass Block Wall

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Constructionscope.net shows a new technique to create a glass block wall.

Glass Block Wall

A brand new technique to create a glass block wall step by step.

Glass block walls first started appearing in homes built during the 1950s and 1960s, and they are still popular today for their ability to transmit soft, diffused light while defining separate living areas with a sense of openness.

In addition to the traditional squares, glass blocks are now available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and even colors. Wall sections of glass blocks can be built to varying heights, and they can also be used to create unique-looking shelves. One consideration for this project is that glass blocks do need a solid foundation. If installing them over a wood floor, the floor will probably need to be reinforced before beginning. Different glass block contractors can also have different installation methods for different types of glass blocks, so it is always a good idea to consult the manufacturer’s included specifications.

The glass block wall described here is built with a support sill made from two 2x6 wood pieces that are cut to the exact width of the blocks to provide a stable base. This block wall is also secured to an anchor stud within an adjoining wall, and expansion strips allow for movement without damage to either structure.

Step 1 – Dry Lay the First Row

Use one 3/8 inch wall spacer between the wall and the adjoining glass block, and use ¼ inch spacer between the rest of the glass blocks to set gaps for the mortar joints. Make a mark for the glass wall position along the floor, and snap a chalk line along the marks in order to create an outline for the support sills.

Step 2 – Measure Sill Thickness

Use the size of the wall baseboard and the thickness of the top floor covering to determine how thick your glass block wall’s sill should be. Cut your 2x6 inch lumber to the width of the glass blocks, and then use your jigsaw to trim the ends of the sill pieces to fit with the shape of the end block.

Read on for the full information on this new technique.

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