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In this page we will describe how to make inexpensive and easy to install hurricane shutters.  The shutters described here are recommended on the NOAA website which states, "Plywood shutters made with this second technique performed extremely well even in the maximum winds of Hurricane Andrew when it hit South Miami."  http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/shutters/index2.html

These shutters fit just inside the window frame so high winds are less likely to peel them away.  They will take the wind load off the window itself, significantly lessening the likelyhood of window failure.  NOAA recommends they be made of at least 5/8 inch plywood.



So you can see where we are headed, let's peek ahead to the end.  The

shutters are held on by 4 inch (or longer) barrel bolts.  You may know them

as bathroom door locks!  When installed they look like this.




The first step is to cut the plywood to the shape of your window.  Measure your window and cut the plywood to a dimension about 1/2 inch smaller.  For example, if your window is 30 inches wide and 50 inches tall, your plywood should be cut to 29.5 inches wide and 49.5 inches tall.


Cut plywood to fit just inside the window





This step is optional.  I put a coat of Kilz on mine and then paint them to match
the trim of the house.  Obsessive, I know - everybody tells me...

Mounting a handle on the shutter will make it easier to install the barrell bolts now

as well as easier to install the shutters when a storm is expected!



Measure in 1.5 to 2.0 inches from the edge of the exterior edge of brickmold

and mark the spot for the bolt to go into the brick/mortar.




Next, drill a hole for the barrell bolt.



Use the hole to line up the barrell bolt mechanism to mark locations for pilot holes



After you mark the locations for the barrel bolt screws, drill pilot holes. 



Next, mount the barrell bolts.




Mark the back of each shutter so you can tell which window it fits.

This is a map of the house with the shutter location marked.

Don't worry about the artwork, OK?



Finished Shutters




The video above shows all steps in the construction of the hurricane shutters.