How do I restore this glass block wall in my 1912 home?
My husband & I bought this 1912 home a little over a year ago and discovered the mortar between the glass blocks are deteriorating and crumbling. What's the best way to replace the mortar since I want to keep the wall in it's original state?
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Scrape out old grout, then re-grout..wipe away excess with damp sponge.
Hi. Congrats on your art deco house! Remove as much of the grout on both as possible of all the grout, even if it looks okay. Re-grout both sides. happy DIY'ing!
The mortar you see is also the mortar that holds the blocks together. There is special mortar made for glass block. Scrape out the mortar to about 1/2" to 3/4" deep. Then apply new mortar.
I found this really great website that shows you how to fix and repair the mortar of the glass wall here
love glass block ... never really goes out of style --- and if you have a 'green thumb' it's an awesome asset to the room to have beautiful live plants!
Yes, glass block mortar is essential.
If any of this wall is exposed to the exterior/outside, now is the time to check for wood rot, termites and mold. 100 year old buildings always have a “Pandora’s Box” or “Muphy’s Law” scenario- i know since I’ve owned and renovated three in my life.
If there’s anything beyond crumbling mortar, it’s time to get some pro help.
I love the look. Why change it? Its RETRO.
we dont find these deco style any longer.
I say leave it.