All Glassed In

This past week Ramiro and I installed all the remaining glass in the living room/dining room. It was a lot of stressful work because the one-quarter-inch thick panes are heavy and we spent a lot of time on ladders and scaffolds.

First we would dry fit each pane to make sure that there were no problems. We had to grind a couple of bumpy welds smooth so that there was no stress on the glass, but the panes mostly fit perfectly.

Next, Ramiro would hold the glass pane aside while I applied a line of bedding caulk around the angle iron pieces. Then we would place the glass against the angle iron and push the glass into the caulk. Here we are working on one of the living room sliding doors:

The glass company wrote the dimensions of each piece of glass right on the glass. This, combined with my drawing of all the pieces of glass made figuring out what went where very easy.

The glass company wrote the dimensions of each piece of glass right on the glass. This, combined with my drawing of all the pieces of glass made figuring out what went where very easy.

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Fitting the glass into place…

The pane of glass at the top of the stairs was particularly challenging. Because the wall for the staircase was in the way, we had to install the glass from outside. Ramiro and I set up a scaffold and two ladders and then called Armando and Francisco to help. The next photos tell the story of installing this piece of glass:

Do you see the glass?

Can you see the glass?

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It took the four of us to raise the glass to the second floor one ladder rung at a time.

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So far so good, but it was a struggle to get the six-foot by six-foot piece up and over the ladders.

Almost in place, but one corner of one of the columns was slightly twisted, preventing the glass from seating into place.

Almost in place, but one corner of one of the metal columns was slightly twisted, preventing the glass from seating into place.

Armando persuaded the metal with a few good slams with a small sledge. Don’t drop the hammer Armando!

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The glass finally fit. We removed it so that I could apply the caulk. The wind was quite strong and one time we almost lost it...

The glass finally fit. Then we removed it so that I could apply the caulk. The wind blowing through the house was quite strong and one time we almost lost it…

After I applied the caulk, we slipped the pane back into place and pressed it into the caulk. Even with the wind, the caulk held the glass in place until the next day when we could install the outside angle iron trim.

After I applied the caulk, we slipped the pane back into place and pressed it into the caulk. Even with the wind, the caulk held the glass in place until the next day when we could install the outside angle iron trim.

All the panes are now in as are all the pieces of angle iron on the front wall. Tomorrow we will tackle the west living room wall angle iron. Then just the minor details of cleaning the glass and painting the trim inside and out. The front of the house now looks like this panorama photo (ignore the curved roofline…):

Panorama -- 2 March 2014

It is a good feeling to be able to close the front door and have the house all locked up. No more glass-less windows for someone to climb in…

Here is a picture of the high windows in the living room taken from the loft landing:

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The floor-to-ceiling window at the top of the staircase is particularly exciting:

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One afternoon Ramiro and I (almost) completed the three doors for the pantry in the kitchen. I say almost because there is still a coat of paint to apply on the door frames and I need to install some guide wheels at the floor. Here is a photo of the doors to date:

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Cynthia wanted to be able to let cat Bob explore the rest of the house. To date, he has been confined to the bedroom part of the house. The only thing standing in the way of this was the doors in the living room; I still needed to fabricate brackets and install wheels and door stops. So Ramiro and I spent a day buttoning down the six doors. Now the doors can be closed without the wind banging them back and forth. Here are some of the wheels and door stops:

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Armando and Francisco are still working on the garden path, probably another week or two to go…

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

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