I bought a house a 5 years ago that has the pegs for storm shutters, but no shutters. See below. My previous house was all brick and we used plylocks. How should I go about boarding this up for a hurricane? The peg is threaded, so I'm thinking that a hole in the plywood slid over the pegs, secured with a nut and washer. Maybe there's a product out there that will do the job better( faster? )enter image description here

Are these hanger bolts?


Washer and nuts is the way to go. you can use wing nuts if you want. If I was doing it, I would measure and drill the top 2 holes in plywood. Hang it in place and then measure and drill bottom 2. you should be able to do it while its hanging. The drill hole doesnt have to be super snug give your self some room for error.


Our house is peppered with these, and has survived the last two Florida hurricanes, not necessarily due to the header bolts, but it's a factor in the installation of Hurricane Fabric. I consider the fabric to be a suitable option to heavy plywood panels for a number of reasons.

They are a bit easier to install, especially if you have the header bolts already in place. Time consuming to attach the grippers to the fabric, but that has to be done only once.

The individual panels, once cut to size and grippers attached are quite light weight and fold for storage.

The fabric resembles un-tinted trampoline material, although I suspect it's a good bit stronger. The ad copy states that it meets Dade county hurricane code, which might be the most severe in the country.

Our 3 bedroom, 1600 sq ft house panel collection, including one for the two car garage door stores in a space smaller than a typical dorm or office sized refrigerator.

I think these are competitive with plywood, perhaps a bit more expensive, but so much easier to store, install and uninstall as to be incomparable.

I'm not affiliated with the company, simply a satisfied user. I believe one can order directly, as we did, or from The Home Depot, as they had displays in their store two storms ago.

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