My brother-in-law wants to be able to attach plywood to the face of window
trim at his place at the coast in the case of a hurricane. He said he heard
of some sort of insert that you screwed through the trim and into the 2x4's
underneath. The insert also has internal threads. Has anyone heard of such
You got it, they're called threaded inserts. Coarse (wood screw) threads on
the outside and machine threads on the inside with a screwdriver slot in one
end to install them. My local Ace hardware has them.
Drill THRU the frame to expose the 2x4 behind, put the threaded insert
into the 2x4. Use long enough bolts to fully thread into the insert
Maybe find plastic plugs to fill the holes when not in the hurricane
Other option would be one of the threaded rod connectors - they are
usually signifcantly LONGER than the threaded inserts, drill hole,
epoxy in place??
On Sun, 1 Aug 2004 07:55:02 -0400, "Kevin Singleton"
On Sun, 01 Aug 2004 03:09:42 GMT, "Preston Andreas"
McMaster-Carr has 3/8" threaded inserts which at 1 3/8" long. Go to
www.mcmaster.com and enter the part number 90192A132
I live outside of New Orleans (which is definitely hurricane
territory) and the slickest thing I have found for holding plywood
onto the windows are "pylox" clips. I got two bags at the Borg a
couple of years ago, and when combined with precut pieces of 3/8"
plywood, I can cover the windows in under an hour.
If he can live with external threads he could do what a buddy
of mine in FL did. He found some 1/4 x 3 hanger bolts and
installed them around his windows. He says he can now have
the place secured in under a 1/2 hour.
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