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Pittsburgh Corning
ProVantage™ Glass Block Installation System
Assembly Instructions Before you begin installing your glass blocks, decide
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Introduction: right for your project.
The ProVantage™ Glass Block Installation System is
the easiest way to install Pittsburgh Corning Premiere The materials required for ProVantage™ glass block
Series (4" thick) Glass Block, and get professional installation are:
results. There are two methods of installation -
ProVantage™ I and ProVantage™ II. Here is additional 1. Pittsburgh Corning Premiere Series (4" thick)
information about each method. Glass Block

2. Perimeter Channel (ProVantage™ I installation only)


ProVantage™ I: (page 3)
• This method is used to install straight walls in
3. ProVantage™ Glass Block Installation System:
4-sided openings.
• Horizontal Spacers
• In this method, glass block panels are installed in
• Vertical Spacers
perimeter channel.
• Anchors (packaged with fasteners and shims
• The maximum opening size for exterior panels is
– ProVantage™ II installation system only)
50 square feet.
• Shaped Spacers (ARQUE®, HEDRON ®,
• The maximum opening size for interior panels is
TRIDRON ® as needed)
85 square feet.
• Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block Sealant
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• ProVantage™ Glass Block Surface Grout
ProVantage™ Glass Block Surface Grout or
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Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block Sealant. Sealant
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angled walls in 2, 3 or 4 sided openings.
• In this method, glass block panels are secured to 6. White Touch-up Paint
the wall using special wall anchors. (ProVantage™ I installation only)
• The maximum opening size for 4 sided exterior
panels is 50 sq. ft. The tools required for the ProVantage™ glass block
• The maximum opening size for interior panels installation system are a miter saw or miter box, metal
framed on at least 3 sides is 85 sq. ft. VQLSV KDQG VDZ XWLOLW\ NQLIH VFUHZ JXQ VFUHZGULYHU
• Interior panels framed on 2 sides can be a ¶ OHYHO VPDOO OHYHO WDSH PHDVXUH FDXON JXQ UXEEHU
maximum of 60 sq. ft. PDOOHW UXEEHU JORYHV VSRRQ VKDSHG ¿QLVKLQJ WRRO
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plumb.
1. Prepare The Opening Or Curb
A. Make sure the opening
is the correct size. Use
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correct dimensions for a
straight wall with two jambs
using channels.

C. Measure the opening diagonally from corner


to corner in both directions, and compare the
ProVantage™ I dimensions to check for squareness. These
Perimeter Channel Construction dimensions should be equal within 1/8".
Using 8" High Glass Block
Note: If there are any problems with the opening or curb,
Rough Opening Width and Height (Inches) adjust it before proceeding.
Number 4" 6" 8"
of Blocks
1 4-1/4 6-1/4 8-1/4
2. Install Perimeter Channel
2 8-1/8 12-1/8 16-1/8 $&XW WKH FKDQQHO WR ¿W WKH SHULPHWHU RI WKH RSHQLQJ
3 12 18 24 The channel ends may be cut straight or mitered.
4 15-7/8 23-7/8 31-7/8 a. If cutting the ends straight:
5 19-3/4 29-3/4 39-3/4 • Cut the side channels to the height of the
6 23-5/8 35-5/8 47-5/8 opening.
• Cut the top and bottom channels the width
7 27-1/2 41-1/2 55-1/2
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8 31-3/8 47-3/8 63-3/8
between the side channels.
9 35-1/4 53-1/4 71-1/4
10 39-1/8 59-1/8 79-1/8 b. If mitering the ends, make all cuts at a 45° angle.
11 43 65 87
12 46-7/8 70-7/8 94-7/8
Note: Blocks are available in 4" x 8", 6" x 8", and 8" x 8" sizes
For larger panels
add 3-7/8" for each additional 4" wide block...
add 5-7/8" for each additional 6" wide block...
add 7-7/8" for each additonal 8" block.

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B. Cut the top channel in half lengthwise with a utility F. Paint all of the screw heads white to reduce their
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break the channel in half.

Note: Cutting the top channel in half will allow the top row of 3. Test Fit The First Row
blocks to be installed.
A. Place a glass block in the side channel and slide
it into the bottom channel. Make sure the block is
C. Install the bottom channel:
completely seated into both channels.
• The channel may be installed in the center of the
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of the opening.
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• Attach the channel to the opening by inserting
spacers are precut to the
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correct lengths for 8" blocks.
predrilled holes in the channel. Insert two screws
in each end of the channel.
C. Continue inserting
blocks and spacers
Note: If the predrilled
holes at the ends were until you reach
trimmed off when cutting the last
the channel to length, opening in
drill new ones at the the row.
ends of the cut piece.
D. When you
D. Install the side reach the
channels in the same manner making sure they last opening,
are plumb before attaching with screws. insert the
last block into the side channel and slide it into the
E. Install the top channel: ERWWRP FKDQQHO ,QVWDOO WKH ODVW YHUWLFDO VSDFHU
• Place the half channel in the
top of the opening making (&KHFN WR PDNH VXUH DOO WKH YHUWLFDO VSDFHUV DUH
sure it is aligned with the straight and the glass blocks are aligned with each
side channels. other.
• Attach the channel to the
opening by inserting #6 x 1" ) 5HPRYH WKH ¿UVW URZ
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through the predrilled holes
in the channel. Insert a 4. Install The First Row
screw at each end of the A. Open the sealant as instructed on the tube. Cut the
channel. nozzle at a 45° angle at the 1/4" mark.
Note: If the predrilled hole at the end was trimmed off when
B. One tube of sealant will install 7 blocks. Sealant
cutting the channel to length, drill a new one at the end of
the cut piece. ZLOO VNLQ RYHU LQ  PLQXWHV 'R QRW DSSO\ VHDODQW
to more blocks than can be installed in 10 minutes.

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C. In the bottom channel - &KHFN WKH ¿UVW URZ IRU DOLJQPHQW RI VSDFHUV
apply two beads of and blocks. Make sure all the blocks are sitting
sealant the full length completely in the channel and the
of the channel a 1/4" joints are tight.
in from each side.

D. Place a glass block


in the side channel
and slide it into the
bottom channel.

E. Apply four 1/2"


diameter dabs of
sealant to the side of
a block behind the
raised edge, 1/2" in
from each corner.
K. Apply two 1/4" beads of sealant to the top of the
row of blocks just behind the raised edges.
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spacer into place /3ODFH D KRUL]RQWDO VSDFHU RQ WRS RI WKH ¿UVW URZ
next to the block. of blocks. If more than one section of horizontal
spacer is required, be sure to lay them end to
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G. Apply four 1/2" Stagger these joints on each following row.
diameter dabs
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in from each corner. out on the following rows. The joint areas must be
kept clean of sealant.

H. Insert the next block


tight against the 5 Install The
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Second Through
Next To Last Row
I. Continue inserting spacers and blocks in this A. Line up your second row
manner to complete the row, but do not apply of glass blocks next to your opening. Apply two
sealant to the side of the last installed spacer. 1/4" beads of sealant to the top of the blocks, just
Insert the last block in the side channel and slide behind the raised edges. Always apply sealant to
it into the bottom channel. the block, not the horizontal spacer. These blocks
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will contact the horizontal spacer.
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B. Install the second row: 6. Install The Last Row


• Start the row from the opposite end. For A. Line up your last row of glass blocks next to your
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right, install the second from right to left. of the blocks, just behind the raised edges.
• Install the blocks sealant side down.
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LQ WKH ¿UVW URZ H[FHSW IRU WKH ODVW LQVWDOOHG top inside leg of the half channel at the top of the
YHUWLFDO VSDFHU opening, where the faces of the blocks will contact
the channel.

C. Slide one block with sealant applied into the right


jamb and one block into the left jamb.

D. Install the remaining blocks in the same manner


as before, except do not apply sealant in the last
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the last block.

C. Install the remaining rows in this manner until you


reach the last row. Check each row for alignment
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E. Apply a 1/4" bead of sealant horizontally across ProVantage™ II


the top of the opening 1/2" from the face of the
glass blocks. This sealant line will be used to
secure the second half of the top channel.
1. Prepare The Opening Or Curb
A. Make sure the opening is the correct
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correct dimensions for a straight wall
with two jambs.

F. Apply a 1/4" bead of sealant along the top inside ProVantage™ II


leg of the second half channel. Wall Anchor Construction
Using 8" High Glass Block
Rough Opening Width and Height (Inches)
Number 4" 6" 8"
of Blocks
1 4-9/16 6-9/16 8-9/16
2 8-1/2 13-1/2 16-1/2
3 12-3/8 18-3/8 24-3/8
4 16-1/4 24-1/4 32-1/4
5 20-1/8 30-1/8 40-1/8
G. Slide the half channel into place between the 6 24 36 48
blocks and the top of the opening. If necessary, 7 27-7/8 41-7/8 55-7/8
temporarily apply a piece of tape to the channel to
8 31-3/4 47-3/4 63-3/4
hold it in place until the sealant sets.
9 35-5/8 53-5/8 71-5/8
+:DLW  KRXUV EHIRUH ¿QLVKLQJ WKH MRLQWV WR DOORZ 10 39-1/2 59-1/2 79-1/2
the sealant to cure. 11 43-3/8 65-3/8 87-3/8
12 47-1/4 71-1/4 95-1/4
Note: Blocks are available in 4" x 8", 6" x 8", and 8" x 8" sizes
For larger panels
add 3-7/8" for each additional 4" wide block...
add 5-7/8" for each additional 6" wide block...
add 7-7/8" for each additonal 8" block.

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recommended that you layout your wall before
constructing a curb.

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ANGLE CURVE
Note: If it is necessary to have a joint in the horizontal
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the joint will align with a vertical spacer. Stagger these joints
on each following row.
D. The curb must be as wide as, or wider than, the
glass block thickness (4" or wider). b. For straight sections between one jamb and an
EndBlock™, cut the horizontal spacer 1" shorter
($SSO\ ¿QLVK PDWHULDO WR WKH FXUE 7KH than the nominal dimension.
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blocks. If installing the glass blocks
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stepsto ensure that the curb is
waterproof.

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sure the opening is
OHYHO DQG SOXPE c. For straight sections between a shaped block
and an EndBlock™, cut the horizontal spacer
G. If your project has 3 or 3/4" shorter than the nominal dimension.
4 sides, measure diagonally from corner to corner
in both directions and compare the dimensions to
check for squareness. These dimensions should
be equal within 1/8".

H. If there are any problems with the opening or curb,


adjust it before proceeding.

d. For EndBlock™, trim


2. Test Fit The First Row the end of the spacer
A. Cut horizontal spacers for straight sections of the WR ¿W WKH VKDSH
wall. by cutting the two
a. For straight walls between two jambs or one corners at a 45° angle
jamb and a shaped block, cut the horizontal 3/4" from each corner.
spacer 1/4" shorter than the nominal dimension.

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B. Insert an anchor into F. 45° angled wall sections:


the ends of ‡ 5HPRYH WKH EDUEHG WDEV IURP D KDOI 75,'521®
the horizontal horizontal spacer.
spacers where • Place the spacer in the bottom of the opening,
they meet a centered under the TRIDRON ® block location.
jamb. There should be a 1/2" gap between straight
sections of spacer and the shaped spacer.
C. Place the
spacer in the bottom
of the opening, centered in the
section. DO NOT install with screws.

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horizontal spacer.
• Place the spacer in the bottom of the opening,
centered under the ARQUE® block location.
There should be a 1/2" tapered to 1/4" gap G. Install the
between straight sections of spacer and the ¿UVW URZ RI
shaped spacer. blocks and
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spacers,
starting with
D YHUWLFDO
spacer in the
jamb.

E. 90° angled wall sections: H. There are


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horizontal spacer. spacers for
• Place the spacer in the bottom of the opening, shaped blocks.
centered under the HEDRON ® block location. Be sure to insert
There should be a 1/2" gap between straight these spacers
sections of spacer and the shaped spacer. before, between
and after
shaped blocks.

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EORFNV DUH ÀDW WKH VSDFHUV IRU $548(® blocks
are tapered. The smaller end is placed at the back
of the ARQUE® EORFN 7KH DSSURSULDWH YHUWLFDO
spacers are packaged with the shaped horizontal
spacers.
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M.Place a horizontal
spacer with
anchor inserted
into the ends, on
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row.

N. Mark the location


of the anchor
V notch on the
jamb. If your wall
has two jambs, mark the anchor locations on both
jambs. These marks will be used to draw a plumb
line on the jambs.

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YHUWLFDO VSDFHUV EHLQJ FDUHIXO QRW WR GLVWXUE WKH
bottom horizontal spacer or shims.
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you may need to temporarily prop a 2 x 4 stud at P. Trace the outline of the horizontal spacers and
the open end of the wall. Make sure the stud is mark the shim locations.
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you to follow as you set the blocks. 48VLQJ D OHYHO
draw a plumb
line on the jambs
the height of the
panel, starting
in the V notch of
the anchor. This
will be the center
line for all the
anchors.

.&KHFN WKH ¿UVW URZ IRU OHYHO OHQJWKZLVH DQG 3. Install The First Row
crosswise. Make sure the blocks are straight and Straight sections:
plumb. A. Apply two 1/4" beads of sealant to the curb, 1/4"
inside the traced outline of the horizontal spacers.
L. If necessary, insert shims under the horizontal
VSDFHUV WR OHYHO WKH URZ 8VH D ÀDW EODGH VFUHZGULYHU B. Replace shims in the marked locations.
to lift the horizontal spacer as you insert shims.

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C. Reinstall the F. Apply four 1/2" dabs of sealant to the side of the
bottom horizontal SUHYLRXVO\ LQVWDOOHG EORFN  LQ IURP HDFK FRUQHU
spacer, with 3UHVV D YHUWLFDO VSDFHU LQWR
anchor inserted, place on the sealant dabs.
pressing it down
into the sealant. G. Apply four 1/2" dabs of
Do not attach VHDODQW WR WKH YHUWLFDO
the anchor with spacer, 1/2" in from each
screws. corner. Install the next
block with the sealant
D. Line up the blocks beads down.
that will be installed on top of the horizontal spacer.
Apply two 1/4" beads of sealant across the top of H. Continue installing blocks
the blocks, just behind the raised edges. These DQG YHUWLFDO VSDFHUV LQ WKLV PDQQHU XQWLO \RX UHDFK
EORFNV ZLOO EH WXUQHG RYHU ZKHQ LQVWDOOHG VR WKH the last slot in the straight section. DO NOT apply
sealant beads sealant to the side of the last block that meets a
will contact jamb or shaped block.
the bottom
horizontal I. If your project is a straight wall with two jambs,
spacer. FRPSOHWH WKH ¿UVW URZ E\ LQVHUWLQJ D YHUWLFDO
Always spacer, with no sealant applied, between the last
apply the block and the jamb.
sealant to
the block, not
the horizontal spacer.

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spacer, 1/2" from each corner.
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‡ $SSO\ IRXU  GDEV RI VHDODQW WR WKH YHUWLFDO crosswise, and adjust shims as needed.
spacer, 1/2" in from each corner.
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block with the
sealant beads
down on the
horizontal spacer.
Push the block
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jamb and base.
K. If your project has shaped blocks, continue with
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HEDRON®, TRIDRON® and ARQUE® blocks: Q. Install the shaped


L. Apply four 1/2" dabs of sealant to the side of the block with the half
SUHYLRXVO\ LQVWDOOHG EORFN WKDW IDFHV WKH VKDSHG horizontal spacer
block, 1/2" in from each corner. down.

R. Apply four 1/2"


dabs of sealant
to the side of the
shaped block,
1/2" from each corner,
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spacer into place.

S. Install the remaining horizontal spacers, blocks


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03UHVV DQ DSSURSULDWH YHUWLFDO VSDFHU LQWR SODFH RQ lengthwise and crosswise. Insert or adjust shims
the side of the block. Remember, there are special as needed.
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horizontal spacers for each block. of your project, make sure it is plumb, and the
blocks are aligned correctly.
N. Apply a 1/4" bead of sealant around the raised
impression of the shaped, half horizontal spacer, V. If your project has shaped blocks, assemble the
and attach it to the bottom of the shaped block. KRUL]RQWDO VSDFHUV WKDW ¿W RQ WRS RI WKH ¿UVW URZ E\
inserting the barbed tabs of the shaped spacers
into the slots in the straight spacers or adjoining
shaped spacers.

W.Insert an
anchor
into the
end of the
horizontal
spacer
where it
meets the
O. Apply a 1/4" bead of sealant around the inside jamb and
perimeter of the traced outline of the half spacer. WHVW ¿W WKH
assembled
3 $SSO\ IRXU  GDEV RI VHDODQW WR WKH YHUWLFDO VSDFHU VSDFHUV RQ WRS RI WKH ¿UVW URZ RI EORFNV $GMXVW WKH
facing the shaped block, 1/2" from each corner. KRUL]RQWDO VSDFHUV WR ¿W ¿UPO\ RQ WRS RI HDFK EORFN

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4. Install The Remaining Rows Straight sections:


A. Apply two E. Line up the blocks that will be installed on top of
1/4" beads of the horizontal spacer and apply two 1/4" beads of
sealant on top sealant across the top of the blocks, just behind
of the straight the raised edges.
sections of
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row of blocks, project has two jambs, start at the opposite jamb
just behind DV WKH SUHYLRXV URZ
the raised edges. If your project has shaped ‡ $SSO\ IRXU  GDEV RI VHDODQW WR D YHUWLFDO
blocks, apply a 1/4" bead of sealant around the top spacer, 1/2" from each corner, and press it into
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‡ $SSO\ IRXU  GDEV RI VHDODQW WR WKH YHUWLFDO
B. Install the horizontal spacers, with anchors spacer, 1/2" in from each corner.
inserted in each end that contacts a jamb, on top • Install a block with the sealant beads down on the
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the glass blocks. Press the spacer down onto the • Apply four 1/2" dabs of sealant to the side of the
sealant. EORFN  IURP HDFK FRUQHU DQG SUHVV D YHUWLFDO
spacer into place.
C. Align the V
notch in the
anchor with
the plumb
line drawn on
the jamb, and
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the anchor pack. If your project has two jambs,
be sure to attach the
anchors at each end.
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'5HPRYH DQ\ H[FHVV in this manner until you reach the last slot in the
sealant from the straight section. Do not apply sealant to the side
KRUL]RQWDO DQG YHUWLFDO of the last block. This is the side of the block that
joints. Adjust the size of meets the jamb or shaped block. If your project
VHDODQW EHDGV WR SUHYHQW has shaped blocks, skip to Step M.
squeeze out (keep joint
area clean of sealant). Do Straight walls with 2 jambs:
not change the location of +&RPSOHWH WKH URZ E\ LQVHUWLQJ D YHUWLFDO VSDFHU
the beads of sealant. with no sealant applied, between the last block and
the jamb.

, &KHFN WKH URZ IRU OHYHO OHQJWKZLVH DQG FURVVZLVH


and adjust, as needed. Repeat Steps 4A - 4H to
install the remaining rows.
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- 2QFH \RX KDYH LQVWDOOHG WKH WRS URZ LQVHUW P. Apply a 1/4" bead
a horizontal spacer of sealant around
between the the top perimeter
top of the of the shaped
blocks and block and install
the framed it sealant side
opening, down on top of the
if space spacer.
permits.
Q. If another shaped block is next, install it in the
K. Check the wall for straight and plumb one more same manner.
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Grout Finishing F. Let the grout set for 15 minutes, then wipe it again
IMPORTANT: The ProVantage™ using clean water.
Surface Grout was designed and
tested for this application - DO NOT G. Let the grout cure for 4 hours, then use
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CAUTION: Avoid contact with skin. H. Apply sealer to the grout lines
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recommended to minimize skin and eye contact. wipe sealer off glass surfaces to
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the bucket. This will grout approximately 40 blocks. Sealant Finishing
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seal more joints than you can tool in 15 minutes.

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&6HDO WKH KRUL]RQWDO MRLQWV ¿UVW E\ SODFLQJ WKH QR]]OH System. For additional information on Pittsburgh
of the tube in the joint at the perimeter on a 45° &RUQLQJ *ODVV %ORFN YLVLW RXU ZHEVLWH DW
angle. Pull the tube along the joint while laying a www.pittsburghcorning.com or call 1-800-624-2120.
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The information contained herein is accurate


and reliable to the best of our knowledge. But,
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installation, workmanship, accessory materials, or
conditions of application NO REPRESENTATION
OR WARRANTY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED,
EITHER AS TO MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IS MADE as
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joints at a 45° angle to collect the excess sealant containing the products which extends beyond the
and seal the joint. Periodically wipe the sealant description on the face hereof and ANY AND ALL
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OR ANY OTHER THEORY OF TORT LIABILITY IS
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Carefully work the joint intersections to create a
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representations made herein, through no fault of
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any stress on the panel. Corning’s option, is the repair or replacement, of the
nonconforming products or return of the purchase
G. Seal the perimeter joints with sealant. price paid by purchaser. If replacement is elected,
Pittsburgh Corning will not be responsible for
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Corning be responsible or liable for any incidental,
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Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block products is that they
might result from product failure, regardless of the
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theory of liability upon which any such damages are
rust, peel or paint. All that is needed is an occasional
claimed.
wiping with a damp, soft cloth on interior panels or
a hosing on exterior panels, With minimal attention,
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your Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block will remain
warranties for many of its products, and such
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contained herein. You may obtain a copy of the
If you need assistance warranty for this product by contacting Pittsburgh
We hope these instructions are clear and answer Corning.
your questions about the installation of Pittsburgh
Corning Premiere Series Glass Blocks and Finishing
Units with the ProVantage™ Glass Block Installation

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