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Old 02-24-2011, 12:25 PM   #1
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Glass Blocks in place of railings

So we wanted to replace the railing on our second floor landing with glass blocks (planned on using 8" blocks on a 10 foot run, up about 4 feet). A couple questions on creating this wall.

Will using morter create a high strength wall? Worried with all the kids running around soon...

Do i need to build a frame on all 4 side? I have hardwood floors and 2x4s on on side to strap into

If i can just tie the wall into the floor/1 wall can i use the rounded blocks for the top cap/opposite side?


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Old 02-24-2011, 12:30 PM   #2
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I doubt just glass blocks, by themselves, will provide the required 250 pound lateral resistance.


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it would have to look like this when you install it in place of a railing

Here are instructions on what to do:

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Why don't you consider glass railings instead. You can get the custom glass railings with either aluminum or stainless steel brushed for the post?
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