Adding glass block/cutting concrete

hopesprings_gwNovember 30, 2009

My DH wants to cut some glass block windows into the south side of our poured concrete basement when we finish it. It's a dry basement right now, and I'm concerned that we'll cause problems. Any experience on this? We're also looking at enlarging an existing window and cutting in a window well for egress. It's my understanding we need that for fire code if anyone wants to sleep down there. Thoughts?

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homebound

Of course it can be done.

The window wells should have a drain tied into your foundation drain. Fortunately, when we installed our egress window, we were able to find a concrete cutting service that also specialized in the install of egress windows. Super clean and tight result.

BTW, after seeing the cuts done professionally with a "ring saw", I'd try to avoid someone that uses a regular masonry saw. Too much chiseling with the latter to complete the thick wall cut, and it's not as accurate.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 12:49AM
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brickeyee

"BTW, after seeing the cuts done professionally with a "ring saw", I'd try to avoid someone that uses a regular masonry saw. Too much chiseling with the latter to complete the thick wall cut, and it's not as accurate. "

It depends on how big a saw is (and can) be used in the space.

My regular concrete cutting guy has saws up to 48 inches in diameter.
He can go through 12 inches of concrete with a single clean cut.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2010 at 12:37PM
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