Blocking up window over doorway

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by tore81, Jun 14, 2019 at 5:03 PM.

  1. tore81

    tore81 Well-Known Member

    Hi all have an old council house where glass pane in over door look.

    Thinking of boarding over etc. Want to replace the arcs also.

    Not sure wether to plant timber on or trim above door way back. Anyone done this x
  2. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Put up a photo.:)
  3. goldenboy

    goldenboy Well-Known Member

    Called a storey light.

    Unless you want to get it plastered its tough to get an jnvisible join.

    Problem is the frame for the door and light usually went in as one so the framing for the light is flush with the plaster finish.

    What i tend to do is cut the frame back below the surface with a multitool and then board the glazed area with 9mm green Mdf flush with the plaster and then 2 pack filler the point the mdf meets the plaster.

    Awkward job.

    Stick some celotex or rockwool where the glass is (usually no need to take glass out) as it can be a bit like a drum!
  4. tore81

    tore81 Well-Known Member

    Happy to replaster it attach a timber 9mm back and multi tool on to that? Thanks for the info
  5. tore81

    tore81 Well-Known Member

    The timber is just for the multi tool to sit on a neat cut

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  6. glob@l

    glob@l Active Member

    That emoji makes me think you meant hang a photo over the door?
  7. WillyEckerslike

    WillyEckerslike Well-Known Member

    Also called a 'borrowed light'
  8. goldenboy

    goldenboy Well-Known Member

    In certain circumstances they look really good.
  9. choppy111

    choppy111 New Member

    I wouldnt touch the frame at all. I would cut a board so it fits inside the frame up against the glazing bead, so you screw or pin your board into the glazing bead. Make sure the boards thickness wont come proud of the frame, 9-12mm board will do. You want a lip from the face of the board and the edge of the frame otherwise it will crack once painted.
  10. choppy111

    choppy111 New Member

    if you dont mind getting it skimmed then what goldenboy said is the way to go, but use plasterboard
  11. sospan

    sospan Well-Known Member

    Why not leave the glass in place and either paint or wallpaper over it to match the walls ?
  12. tore81

    tore81 Well-Known Member

    I also want to have coving around to modernise the bathroom and is kind of in the way
  13. goldenboy

    goldenboy Well-Known Member

    But if you do that you will have original plaster finish butting up against timber frame butting up against new board surely?

    It will be a very obvious interaction. If you trim the frame back you get new board meeting old plaster finish. Done right that will be much less obvious.
  14. DaveF

    DaveF Member

    Bear in mind that the windows have a purpose. They are to light dark areas, so they let light ( say ) from a bright bedroom in to a dark hallway.

    It's actually a pretty difficult job. The main problem you will get is messing with the frame may compromise it, so you have to be prepared to replace it if things go wrong. I mean I normally remove the architrave, chisel off a quarter of an inch of the frame that will be lost under plaster, inset pieces of plasterboard over the glass ( Leaving the glass in place ) then plaster over the lot, cut the architrave down to fit the smaller doorway. It's a lot of work to get rid of them, but having said that they are pretty awful so I can see why you want to.

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