Glass Block window, and Installing a vent...


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Old 07-14-12, 06:55 PM
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Glass Block window, and Installing a vent...

Hey Gang , I just Moved into this house and it has 3 of these windows 2 of them have 8 glass blocks and one has 6 glass blocks.. it looks like they are in a Vyn.frame, but then again look like they are just put together with clean silicone caulk... my question is this.. I want to go and get 3 vents to replace 2 glass blocks to get some fresh air into the house and these rooms, whats the best way to remove the clear silicone and doing so without breaking the glass itself ? Thanks.. heres a pic of one of them.. Craig
sorry for all the spelling errors.. my spell check doesent want to work.. grrrrrrr
 
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Old 07-14-12, 07:11 PM
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Under the silicone is a grout product, OR a plastic frame piece. You won't know until you get there. If it is grout just grind it out on both sides and remove the block. If it is plastic, you have a new ball game. It is like a plate that goes all the way across the block below. Remove the silicone and cut the plastic lip on both sides all around the block. It should pull out fairly easily. Be sure to seal your vent back in properly to prevent water leaks.
 
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Old 07-14-12, 07:19 PM
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hey Chandle, Thank you.. I have a feeling that these are JUST siliconed all the way through... that would be better for me , the person that had the house beofre me was a builder and had access to all kinds of things.. the silicone on them isnt for leaks, i have a feeling thats how he put them together.. but thats alot of thick silicone.. whats the best wat to remove it ? gotta feeling this ones going to be Time Consuming... lol
 
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Old 07-15-12, 04:07 AM
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The only way I know to remove sound silicone caulk is to cut and peel - it's slow going
 
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Old 07-15-12, 12:41 PM
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hey Thank you for the reply.. i took a Stanley folding knife (sharpe as a tac ) and started sliceing into the clear Silocone.. it cut like butter... I have a feeeling it will come out smooth because these windows are a homemade design and put together.. meaning that someone cut some vyn. frameing and just put these glass blocks in and siliconed them together... so im off to the Blue store to get some vent windows.. im wondering if i should put 2 in on the 8 glass block ones or not.. one at each end ? cant ever get enought fresh air right ?
any thoughts ? craig
 
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Old 07-15-12, 07:04 PM
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Our eldest son installed these vents in his basement windows as part of the original replacement work. He only put two in one window, and it has at least 36 block spaces. The others are all 12 or 15 block spaces, and they have one vent each. That's in Chicago, and the cross-breeze is something wonderful when you crank a few of them open!
 
 

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