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 Post subject: The use of glass blocks
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:26 pm 
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Greetings all,
I propose to install some of these to add light to my living room,which at present only
has daylight at the end of the room.
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The outside wall is stark brickwork which needs a lift anyway.

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What i'd like to do is to install 4 sets of 2 blocks,all in one horizontal line,
spaced 200mm apart,in the outer course of this cavity wall,at slightly
above head-height,flush with the existing brickwork.
I would cut slightly larger apatures on the inside wall,including fitting of 4 lintels,each 500mm long,
above the inside voids.
[ Behind the hanging tiles,the upper level is brieze block construction.]

So...2 questions: Can I avoid lintels over the glass bricks on the outside?
And...what would be the method of sealing the cavity exposed at
each of the 4 positions?

My thanks for reading.
Nigel


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Perhaps a more direct question would help.

Can glass blocks be considered structural?


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Only ever seen them installed beneath some form of lintel, presumably because they are non-strucural. They are, after all, breakable

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Job and Knock wrote:
They are, after all, breakable


So is a brick.

Most Building Control Officers are approachable, if you can get one to answer his phone, so ring up & ask the question.



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