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Bradw
Glass Block in Drywall

I have a closet with a window and I want to let a little light come through the closet wall into the bedroom for light and for design.

I want to install 5 or 6 single blocks between the studs in the drywall. One side of the wall is plasterboard, the other side is open and I will finish with drywall. How do I install a single block in the wall...it will look like 5 separate 8 inch portholes or windows?

Thanks,
Brad

MLB Construction
Re: Glass Block in Drywall

sorry but i don't understand the question. what you described doesn't make sense to me. can you post a picture or go into more detail.

Bradw
Re: Glass Block in Drywall
Bradw wrote:

I have a closet with a window and I want to let a little light come through the closet wall into the bedroom for light and for design.

I want to install 5 or 6 single blocks between the studs in the drywall. One side of the wall is plasterboard, the other side is open and I will finish with drywall. How do I install a single block in the wall...it will look like 5 separate 8 inch portholes or windows?

Thanks,
Brad

Here is a URL http://www.lushome.com/glass-block-wall-design-ideas-adding-unique-accents-eco-homes/89495

Look at about the 5th picture...colored individual blocks in a wall. Imagine this is an internal wall.

dj1
Re: Glass Block in Drywall

MLB, I know what brad is asking, I read his question 3 times.

Brad, this will require knowledge in framing and plastering.
1. You need to cut holes in the plaster, large enough for the glass blocks.
2. Frame around the blocks, notice how the blocks have space for a 2x to hold them in place.
3. Finish the plaster around the blocks.

You don't even have to drywall the rear side of the wall, the individual 'windows' will support the blocks in a safe manner.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Glass Block in Drywall

dj1 pretty much lays it out. Build a 2X frame tight around a block, cut a hole in the drywall the same size as the blocks lip. Instert the block in the drywall and use dry wall screws into the 2X frame to hold it in place.

Jack

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Glass Block in Drywall

If you can avoid the existing wall studs I'd be tempted to;

1- Adhere a 4.5" wide piece of finished, painted wood to each side of the glass block.
2- Cut a hole in the drywall slightly larger 1/8" than the exterior dimensions of the wood + glass assembly
3- Miter J channel into a picture frame shape to slide over the cut edges of the drywall
4- Slide the glass block into the hole, making it flush with each side (or wider / narrower depending on taste)
5- Caulk the gaps closed.
6- Paint.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Glass Block in Drywall

A bit late in getting here so I hope the OP is still in the planning stages. I'd take a different approach- you can buy flange-mount vinyl windows with 'glass-block' glazing. With a custom-sized one all you'd need to do is cut the correct opening in the drywall between the studs, cover the flange with trim, install a box-casing with trim on the other side, then paint. No mortar, no framing, little mess to clean up, and done in just a few hours or less based on your skill level.

Sometimes you gotta think outside of the box (or closet as the case may be!)

Phil

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