Earlier this month, we bought a pallet of plywood. When Brian first talked to me about hurricane preparedness, I admit I pretty much shrugged it off. We’ve been through hurricanes in Virginia, but it really is a BIG DEAL here in southeast Texas. In my mind I thought about packing essentials and getting in a car and driving off before a storm. I didn’t realize that you should prep your house and protect the windows from flood, breakage, etc.
Brian ordered window clips online and then on Saturday our pallet of plywood was delivered. This is the part where my expectations and timing does not usually line up. Well, let me back up a little bit. When Brian was describing this project to me, I thought he would do this on his own, with our table saw and various other cutting tools, and it would be good. Zip and done in a couple of hours.
But, shortly after taking a look at this pile, I realized I would have to pitch in too, especially considering how many windows we have in this house.
There was so much cutting. We spent most of Saturday and Sunday cutting, carrying, and adjusting. Thankfully, my mom is visiting and was able to keep our children entertained and out of the way as I tried to keep my temper in check.
I realize this is a safety precaution, and in the long run it’s cheaper than replacing all these windows (The total cost was less than $500.), but it wasn’t the most “fun” way I wanted to spend our long weekend, money, and/or time.
Once I got over myself and semi-jokingly told Brian I never wanted to talk about all the work we just did ever again, I really buckled down and pitched in. Brian measured all the windows and drew on the board while I cut using a combination of a table saw, a reciprocating saw, and a semi-useless portable saw (I know, I need to brush up on my tool-vocabulary). Since I had to look online to see what tools I used, I think a jigsaw would have been good too.
The clips are drilled into the wood, but I guess we’ll do that before we have to put the boards up.
After we cut everything, we moved the large pieces into our garage to the side with the rest up in the attic over the garage.
Hopefully we will never have to use it, or think about it again! Though, we slept really, really well on both nights from all the hauling and work we did!
Have you prepared your house for hurricanes? I grew up hearing about preparing your home with emergency supplies and stuff, but it was definitely for the inside. This was a good learning experience for me.