The aft enclosure glass got delivered back in early November 2013, but we were wailing away on the final steps of the exterior paint job and I didn’t have time to install it. Then I had to remake the tent in preparation for winter, which took a goodly bit of time. Then winter 2014 hit with a vengeance, with weeks of brutally cold temps, snow storms, ice…you name it.
Yeah…I know…I’m a wimp. lol
Anyway, we got a break in the weather, so I took advantage of a 60°F weekend and got the windows installed in the aft enclosure.
I have a bunch of leftover 3M 1/2″ fine line tape, which works well for protecting the paint from the sealant.
The spacer blocks help ensure that there’s an adequate gap to allow for expansion between the glass and the frame.
Tapered blocks cut from scrap 2x4s press up against the glass. This window was particularly challenging because I had to warp the glass to the frame, which had a curve in it. The frame has a curve in it because the SMIB fabricator who built my aft enclosure twisted some of the panels when he welded them all together. Not a problem…tempered glass reportedly takes curves rather well.
I’ll remove the clamps next weekend, then razor off the bit of rubber that remains on the glass.