Your help suggestions - securing windows for storms

Your help suggestions - securing windows for storms

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    Your help suggestions - securing windows for storms

    In light of several recent severe weather events in our area I have decided to reinforce one of the rooms in the house for a bit more storm protection. We don't have any interior rooms or closets that are suitable. The best we have to work with is the laundry room which sits on the garage slab.

    There is a single window in the room. I can easily build a reinforced box frame to insert inside the window frame. Where I'm puzzled is how to come up with a fastening attachment system that is not permanent, and can be secured very quickly. Any suggestions you guys might have would be greatly appreciated.


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    Parents live in NOLA, for hurricane season they put some S-hooks in the outside brick in order to hang plywood over the windows. You could also get bullet resistant film on the windows. There is also a plexiglass system where there are slots at the top and bottom of windows and you slide the plexiglass in during the storm - nice to still have light coming through during the day.

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    Sink some bolts into the corners of the frame, cut off the heads, pre drill your plywood, attatch with wing nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCMedic8617 View Post
    Sink some bolts into the corners of the frame, cut off the heads, pre drill your plywood, attatch with wing nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCMedic8617 View Post
    Sink some bolts into the corners of the frame, cut off the heads, pre drill your plywood, attatch with wing nuts.

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    +1 - This is how I always did it helping my grandparents every year in SouthEastern Coastal NC(Brunswick County). Almost all the homes down there seem to use this method for hurricane protection. Remember to number/label each piece so you know which boards go with which windows next year too.
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    Yes... The numbering helps.... As well as marking front / back, top / bottom, etc.... Learned that the hard way. Also if you are going to put them outside of the house if you are boarding up for long term where looting or where preventing the panels from be quickly removed are a concern
    You can use something like the Tuff Nut security bolts / nuts...
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    Great suggestions. Thanks guys I am looking into them.

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