I posted before and didn't get an answer. Does anyone have any suggestions
about how to cover double glass doors (four doors total, all together). Because
of the concrete lintelle at the top, we cannot get screws to go in far enough
The house was built in 1983 - and there must be lots of other people with this
same problem. We can screw plywood to the sides - but not across the top and
that still leaves those two doors exposed.
Help please - there's another hurricane brewing and we need to be better
Add a 2x4 top and bottom rail over the plywood, held into the wood verticals
with skinny lag screws. Steel U-channel would work better, if you can find
any in the stores with a recent and a pending storm.
Really hard to make recommendations w/o seeing the door in question. Every
frame and surround is a little different. And just as advice to others who
may be building (or rebuilding, if you got nailed)- If you live in hurricane
country, best to take this into account when designing the door and window
openings. If budget and storage space allow, hard-mount points (preinstalled
bolt sockets) for hurricane shutters, or rails to slide plywood or
corrugated steel into, or whatever your contractor can come up with, are a
real timesaver when a blow comes up. If you have space to store pre-made
shutters, that saves you from the shortages and price-gouging, too. There is
a reason old tropical buildings had functional storm shutters on all the
If it is concrete get a ramset and put in some threaded studs keep a screw
on them so in case a thread is damaged you can fix it taking the nut off
Few people seem to coldly analyze the rotten economics of this stuff.
The probability of a storm striking strong enough to damage your windows
but not the roof or rest of your structure, times the probability of the
storm strength being in the rather narrow range where the covers provide
protection instead of blowing off anyway, times the probability that you
have the protection up and ready for this exceedingly rare storm, times
the probability that your installation or design are not defective,
times the cost to repair exactly that narrow type of damage, times the
depreciation factor for the age of the replaced material, is the MOST
you can expect to save with all your effort.
Given the true cost of acquiring and installing these shields initially,
plus the many false alarms of putting them up and taking them down, plus
the depreciation for the apparatus wearing out or decaying, plus the
cost of space to store the things when not in use, makes these things
In short, my hunch is, IT AIN'T WORTH IT. GO NAKED.
Ask yourself, why don't we wear helmets in passenger airliners?
Shutters on our condo - six glass areas, two of which are triple sliders
- cost around $1300. When the neighbor's trash can comes blowing along
and tries to come through my window, I will be ok. It is more likely
for roofs to come off when the side walls have been opened, but it's
worth it just to keep the rain out if one window breaks. We did plywood
one year, but have nowhere to store it.
The only reason I'm sitting where I am and typing this is because
Hurricane Charley took a right turn. One of the hospitals with heavy
damage had a wind guage that clocked 180 mph - not much withstands a cat
5, but up to a cat 4 we have a chance.
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