I am trying to install a glass block window into a 1920's era home.
There's a filled in coal chute in the basement. At some point a
previous owner filled in and cemented over the chute leaving just a
window sized opening.
The window frame is supported by a beam above, and a lintil on the
outside. However, two or three rows of bricks are sitting on a
make-shift wooden frame inside the opening, below the lintil. If I
remove the wooden frame, the bricks will not be supported, and the beam
will be exposed to the elements.
My question is - has anyone had any luck installing glass block within
a wooden frame? I would like to avoid ripping out three layers of
brick, or figuring out a way to support them. Any special precautions I
should take when installing the block within the existing wooden frame?
I've read about leaving in some foam to handle the wood expanding. Any
bad experiences doing something similiar?