Friday, May 19, 2006

Neat plywood cover trick

Our house has several of big, beautiful, arched windows.

They are a total pain in the arse. Especially when you want to make plywood hurricane covers for them. Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor not a carpenter!

Luckily, I have the super-handyman neighbor. He looked at the windows, grabbed a thin, flexible slat and some string and climbed up the ladder. He then bent the slat along the curve and stapled the string to either end of the slat to keep it's shape. Presto, a perfect copy of the curve! Three minutes later he had it cut out and was up the ladder making the next curve.

I am in awe of his cleverness.

We should have the covers done by Sunday evening. A number of my neighbors think the 5/8" plywood is overkill. Quite frankly, I hope they are right. The next step is to increase the bracing of the roof joists. The trick there will be getting the long 2x4's into the attic.

Everything else (water, batteries, food, fuel, etc...) is ready.

Adventure! Excitement! Carpentry!

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