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Re: transom v. fanlight #53853
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da clue's in da name....

fan·light (făn'līt')
n.
Architecture. A half-circle window, often with sash bars arranged like the ribs of a fan.
Chiefly British. A transom.

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Re: transom v. fanlight #53854
01/29/02 03:44 PM
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fan·light (f?n'l?t')
n.
Architecture. A half-circle window, often with sash bars arranged like the ribs of a fan.
Chiefly British. A transom.


Ah!! This explains that old British film - Gassie by fanlight

I don't usually confuse my words but in your exception I'm willing to make a case


Re: transom v. fanlight #53855
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I thought it would be something like that. So Xrefer had it backwards and wrong, both. What the USns call a fanlight the Brits call a transom and what USns call a transom the Brits call ___________.


Re: transom v. fanlight #53856
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Not sure about that, Faldage. I recognise both descriptions as denoting windows over doors, but my mental image of a fanlight is always semicircular, whereas t'other suggests a rectangular shape.

Rubrick, thanks for that vote of condfidence - I aim for the exceptional, but sometimes miss my mark


Re: transom v. fanlight #53857
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a fanlight is always semicircular, whereas t'other suggests a rectangular shape.

I think USns always think of the transom as being openable. Dunno if that holds for fanlights, too.


Re: transom v. fanlight #53858
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I think USns always think of the transom as being openable.

Well, not quite. My house has a painful* number of transom windows, none of which open.




*because it's very hard to find window treatments for them


Re: transom v. fanlight #53859
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think of the transom as being openable

Well, at least theoretically.


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Must I continually correct myself? Yes! Or someone will do it for you... I meant A figurative high pitched voice not a real high pitched voice. Well, why didn't you say so
I was going to say "...the whimpy nasal sound of the french..." but I didn't want to insult a whole nation.One and a half, actually®.Hi, belM

Must I be scrutinized by every Tom, Dick, and Jazzo?Yes! But it'll be alright, nobody really® cares...


I'm glad you left Harry out of this, he's sensitive *that way.


Re: transom v. fanlight #53861
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Casandra!

didn't i say-- back at the beginning..transom windows are, i think are different than fan lights.. a fan light is a semi circle window above a door.. and it is fixed.

a transom is rectangluar, and opens by turning on a pivot


and this goes to you too dr. Bill... i pointed out i only really knew transom being used in the idiom "to come in over the transom"-- ie an unsolicited manuscripts.. same post back at the beginning..

i would edit that to say a transom doesn't have to open..
and sparteye- the correct window treatment requires a little bit of artistic skill. go to craft shop and buy 1) glass etching kit or 2) glass paint kit.

either etch a pattern on the glass (etch glass passes light, but cut down on glare..) or using "glue on" strips that look like lead, create (buy/copy)a stained glass design.

a real big advantage is.. transoms are fairly high up, and no one gets too close, so it looks good even if its not perfect.. You can practice on basement/ ground floor windows.. or on drinking glasses.. plain jane Libby's etch up nicely!


Re: transom v. fanlight #53862
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a fan light ...is fixed.

a transom ... opens by turning on a pivot


Yeahbut© you're one of USn, helen. What do the Brits say?


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