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#1 J belle

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:11 PM

Looking for recommendations for lower cost window protection. Any advice? We are not near the waterfront. Thanks.
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:31 PM

Looking for recommendations for lower cost window protection. Any advice? We are not near the waterfront. Thanks.

First tell us what type of windows you have installed already. Also do they have any outside protection from rain already such as overhangs? Also are there windows on a second story?

Second and 3rd story windows are good ones to spring for the hurricane shutters as otherwise you have to be up on ladders way ahead of a storm in order to avoid getting caught in the early winds and rains as the storm comes near. This means that half the time, you put these up and then the storm ends up being a Never Mind.

First story windows can most cheaply be protected with 3/4" or thicker sheets of custom cut plywood. Screw holes can be drilled and plastic anchors installed well in advance and left in place.

Generally the plywood is screwed to outside walls to cover the window completely.

It's a very good idea to get your protections figured out now as you are doing and then do a complete Dress Rehearsal as well. That way you'll see what you forgot or the part was wrong or some such.

If you go that route, don't stint on the thickness of the plywood and it will last longer if you give it a quick coat or two of varnish in advance as well.

Go for stainless steel screws. inoxidable. They will have the fully monty assortment at the tornillo store close to the corner of AVe 30 and Calle 6 east side of the street, near the Peche carpenteria and and pottery store.

Check all parts and supplies well in advance of any possible hurricane. Mexicans tend to be more lackadaisical about getting ready so you can beat the majority of people on the island by being an early bird. When everyone is pretty sure we're going to take a hit, that picture changes and the whole island goes on high gear alarm mode. In which case, if you didn't get ready early, you may find yourself out of luck with long lines for everything, things like electric drills running out of stock and stores preparing to close down and board up themselves.
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:42 PM

What Carey says is absolutely on the mark...

We also use the cushions from our lounge chairs between our screen doors and French doors and secure with heavy duty plastic ties.

If you have outdoor ceiling fans, remove them before the storm. We thought ours were secure, they are now resting far, far away from the house.

Prepare now, buy now and be ready in case you need it.
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:34 PM

We have accordion style shutters for the second floor windows. Pull then closed, turn a key and you're done. Don't need to be 32 feet up trying to tie boards up.

On the first floor we have security bars. We took 1/2 or 5/8's inch plywood and cut them to size. Then drilled oversized holes on each corner and the middle. We have pieces of heavy duty rope that we run through each hole and tie off to the security bars. We painted all the plywood and labeled each piece for each window in both English and Spanish. This is just about as cheap and low tech as you can go. You need something that is going to prevent flying debris from breaking the glass.
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 08:43 AM

This is great advice! Thanks to all for getting back to us so quickly. We hadn't thought about the second floor issue. We will probably go with the more expensive shutters for the second floor. We hadn't thought about the ladder issues .
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