replacing 32" x 22" wood frame basement windows

    I have a wood frame single pane 32" x 22" hopper style window that was installed in the 60's that is in a storage room in the basement. I was think of using a glass block/with vent from Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_61957-799-102477_4294772371__?productId732925&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL =?Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&facetInfoHas anyone had any experience doing this. The wood is starting to rot on the old winndow so I want to pull it out. I noticed that HD had a http://www.homedepot.com/p/TAFCO-WINDOWS-Vinyl-Hopper-Windows-32-in-x-22-in-White-with-Dual-Pane-Insulated-Glass-PV-HOP32x22/100671874#customer_reviews. Any comments? Can a adhesive type caulk be used to seal in the glass block one? Located in Northwest Nebraska.
JAS
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On 7/4/2014 3:01 PM, JAS wrote:

Your link broke so I'm guessing it is a pre-fab glass block assembly that you can set in place. You can get good result with the polyurethane adhesives in caulking gun cartridges.
Many years ago I was in the window/door business. I'd replace rotting wood framed basement windows with aluminum framed windows using mortar mix. That would still work today, but back then we did not have the selection of adhesive now available.
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wrote:

You can put in glass block, but normally mortared or grouted in. Personally, I'd be putting in custom sized vinyl frame windows.
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...snip...

I had my old metal framed basement windows replaced with glass blocks over 25 years ago. I had vents installed in the windows, which I used to open during the summer until we had central air put in about 10 years ago. I don't think I've opened the vents since then.
If I was doing it today, I guess I don't know if I would go with glass block or VRW. I have no need to look out (or in) my basement windows - and I'm the type of guy who doesn't like grids in windows because I want a clear view. It's just that in the basement all I need is light and the glass block do that just fine. In addition, the glass block doesn't need a frame like VRW's do, so you get more window per window.
In the years since then, I have replaced all of my other windows with VRW, including a fixed pane in the garage, sliders in the kitchen and double hungs everywhere else. If I had to do the basement over again, I wonder what I would do if I had to choose now...
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many like glass block thinking it more secure. my mom was like that. the sm all vents didnt do much for ventilation, caused a mold problem in basement and later I got ill scrubbing, bleaching and painting with drylock paint an d anti mold stuff in a semi gloss paint. The basement looked great but I wa s sick for a month from the fumes even with fans.
think about this any home is only as secure as a burglar convenient window or kicking in a door.
I thought about keeping the home and if I had I would of replaced the glass block with hopper windows.
burglars want to do their work quickly, not wriggling into a below ground w indow. they are burgars because they are lazy.
at my moms house they tried to kick in a door, the extra long shackle deadb olt stopped them the shackle went thru the house framing around the door.. ...
easy ventilation by opening a window has real value.
incidently around here a person was in their basement with glass block wind ows, they had a kitchen fire, were trapped in the basement.......
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They wouldn't have gotten out most "hopper" windows either. With a 22" perhaps, depending on the window well. Doesn't meet code as an egress .
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I have the peace of mind of having a walkout basement, a sliding door to a raised deck (with stairs) off the back of the house, a flat roofed one story addition outside the 2nd floor master bedroom where we could hang down to get to the deck and a door off the kitchen into the garage. There are emergency ladders in the other two 2nd floor bedrooms.
The only room where we could be trapped would be the 2nd floor hallway bathroom _if_ the 2nd floor hallway was engulfed in flames. Otherwise, we have a way out of every room.
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