× How to Board Up a House Before a Hurricane Frame 1: Determine the amount of plywood you'll need.  For wood houses, measure from the location of the studs outside the window frame.  For brick, measure inside the frame. Frame 2: Cut your plywood to the correct size. Use plywood instead of OSB because it has higher impact strength. Frame 3: Paint your panels with an exterior primer and paint to help protect them from moisture damage. Frame 4: Label the panels with their location and orientation so they can be easily attached. Frame 5: Secure the plywood.  For wooden houses, use galvanized pan head screws.  For brick, use barrel bolts 12-16" apart. Frame 6: Remove the panels after the storm and store them in a dry place with their fasteners.

| September 14, 2016

Last updated: October 15, 2018

Manly Skills, Survival, Visual Guides

How to Board Up Your House Before a Hurricane


A man’s home is his castle and natural disasters are the closest thing to an attacking army. When mother nature chooses to exercise her power on your home, there’s little you can do to stop it, especially during storms that include high wind, like hurricanes. Flying debris and sudden powerful gusts can blow out windows, skylights, and sliding glass doors that spread broken glass throughout your home and let in rain, which can cause serious water damage. If you have time before the next big one hits, boarding up your windows properly can help alleviate some of the damage and halt the invasion.

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