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Covering a broken window with a piece of timber is a quick and easy way to make sure your house is secure. It also helps to ensure that you keep the weather out and no one gets hurt by stray shards of glass. This video shows you everything you need to know to keep your window safe until you replace the glass. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure and cut the plywood cover to size
2 Install the cover over the window
  • Step 1. Measure and cut the plywood cover to size

    Measure the outside dimensions of the window frame and mark those onto your plywood. Use a circular saw to cut your plywood to size. Once you have cut the plywood, offer it up to the window to make sure the cover will fit. Then it’s ready to install.
  • Step 2. Install the cover over the window

    Measure the thickness of the window frame and mark that out onto the edges of your plywood cover. Drill a set of pilot holes in the middle of these marks. Place the cover up against the frame and drive screws through the pilot holes into the frame of the window.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Ear muffs
  • Ladder
  • Leather gloves
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Tape measure

Materials

  • Plywood
  • Screws
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