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Old 09-25-2007, 06:33 AM
Location: St Augustine
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Has anyone istalled hurricane panels on wood frame home? We have bought all the panels and planned to direct mount with panel mates, but found out we can not get a permit for that b/c SJ county requires 1" min separation from glass (our windows are flush with the stucco). Now we are planning to mount 1" buildout h header on top and 1" buildout f track on bottom, but realize that there is no header (under stucco) on top or bottom of window (we looked at homes under construction in our neighborhood) the only way to mount securly would be to assume my dh could catch each verticle stud which look to be about 16" on center.

We moved to St Aug from Boca where this was none issue b/c everything was concrete. Even though no one does shutters up here, other people must have this problem? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:31 AM
Location: Florida
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Default try this....

Most windows have framing studs (min. of 2 ) on each side of the window. At the top and bottom there will be "jack'' studs.... which may or maynot be 16" oc. So....... if you put a build-out from the vertical studs on the side of the windows you will be able to anchor the attachment point there. It will be slightly longer than the window width... but it should be anyway.

Does this make sense?
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:11 PM
Location: Florida
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You'll be fine above the window with a header - the header reaches across the complete window top and you should have structure to attach to. The only area of concern would be the sill plate at the bottom. Start as indicated by previous poster at jack studs on sides and attempt to attach to the sill top stud at bottom of window that is framed out here.

Make sure to use an approved attachment with correct spacing. That’s why we attach here - the 16 OC stud spacing if attached there may not meet the needs of schedule spacing for your type of shutter. Check the shutter engineering and if it requires say 9 in OC spacing for a 50 psf in your zone - follow that schedule pattern.

In other words pre drill your hurricane panel header and sill at 9 inches on center, then attach you header to window header. Attach your sill track to wood sill plate using the tapcons or screws required. – Done.

Last edited by preparedness expert; 07-05-2010 at 06:29 PM..
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