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deadherring

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07-28-2017 07:22 PM

Hey All,

This might be slightly off-topic but was hoping with the knowledge here folks might be able to help.

My wife and I recently set up our backyard with some soccer goals so our boys can play with their friends in the yard. There are several windows in the yard. I purchased some plexi sheets from Home Depot and covered a few and was planning to get to the rest. The thickness was approximately 1/8”. In the meantime, they shattered the plexi covering one of the windows and actually broke an uncovered window.

I’m wondering about my options to protect the windows before there’s any more damage.

Here are the dimensions I need: (dimensions are not the window sizes, they are measurements that would leave some opening at the bottom of the window to let some air in when the windows are opened)

(4) 38” x 16” den windows
(1) 39” x 20” kitchen window

If I remember correctly, Home Depot doesn’t have thick enough sheets in the dimensions i need.
I found a supplier in my area (northern NJ) that carries thicker sheets. I’m thinking 3/8” would be thick enough—they kick the ball really hard. Let me know if you agree.

A 24×48 3/8” sheet would run me $88.65×5= $443.25

That’s alot of $, more than I wanted to spend. Do I have any other options? We don’t want shutters since it will block the light and prefer not to have worry about the boys forgetting to open and close.

Any other options that are more cost effective?

Thanks,

Nathan


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jonah

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#1 posted 07-28-2017 07:29 PM

Shutters are probably going to be the only other option, honestly. Either that or motorized metal shutters like stores use to cover their doors at night.

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ChefHDAN

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#2 posted 07-28-2017 07:34 PM

Nathan, I’m thinking of how my father would have solved this problem and it would likely have been a one and done solution because he could swing a mean belt and it always got my attention… but that’s the old school I suppose.

For $500 i’d like to think it would work but it depends on how you’ll mount to have zero flex. You may need to put another frame around the window to increase the amount of space between your protection and the glass.. Maybe cover with 1” PT lattice, or the aluminum door dog screen savers???

not sure what’s best,,,, I keep coming back to the belt to tell you the truth.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 07-28-2017 07:36 PM

Security bars would do the trick… if you don’t mind the look.

Cheers,
Brad

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deadherring

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#4 posted 07-28-2017 07:39 PM

@ChefHDan Ha!. I hope our kids know what we do for them…

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#5 posted 07-28-2017 07:42 PM

Use Lexan. It’s a polycarbonate material (clear plastic) that it unbreakable.
1/8” would be strong enough or 1/4” just to be a little stiffer.
I wouldn’t bother with 3/8 plexiglass.

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#6 posted 07-28-2017 08:46 PM

The sun will cause Plexi to turn opaque and brittle over time. Wrought iron can look good in many application, and does not deteriorate if maintained. Added security would be an asset at the time of resale.

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#7 posted 07-28-2017 08:52 PM

I just found a vintage awning. ;-)

Edit: sorry for rhe sideways pic.

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#8 posted 07-28-2017 09:09 PM

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 07-28-2017 09:26 PM

If you have enough space I would just install netting. You should be able to set it up for under 100 bucks. Just need a guide wire to suspend it from. You can set it up with a pulley and be able to raise and lower it as needed.

https://www.amazon.com/Fishing-Backstop-Netting-Barrier-Sports/dp/B0027293GQ

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jonah

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#10 posted 07-28-2017 09:37 PM



Use Lexan. It s a polycarbonate material (clear plastic) that it unbreakable.
1/8” would be strong enough or 1/4” just to be a little stiffer.
I wouldn t bother with 3/8 plexiglass.

- jbay


Lexan is not unbreakable. I dropped a Nalgene bottle onto a rock from about ~25ft and it broke in half. Possibly some combination of prolonged UV exposure, moisture, and heat?

Certainly it’ll be a match for a soccer ball, but I’m not sure how it’ll hold up over time.

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#11 posted 07-28-2017 09:46 PM

Use Lexan. It s a polycarbonate material (clear plastic) that it unbreakable.
1/8” would be strong enough or 1/4” just to be a little stiffer.
I wouldn t bother with 3/8 plexiglass.

- jbay

Lexan is not unbreakable. I dropped a Nalgene bottle onto a rock from about ~25ft and it broke in half. Possibly some combination of prolonged UV exposure, moisture, and heat?

Certainly it ll be a match for a soccer ball, but I m not sure how it ll hold up over time.

- jonah

Whatever,
A Nalgene bottle is not 1/8” thick. We’re talking sheet goods not blow up bottles.
Obviously you know nothing about poly-carbonate sheet if you think a soccer ball could possibly break it.

I worked in a plastic shop for 2 1/2 years. I’ve tried breaking Lexan with a hammer and it only dents.
Show me a piece of 1/8” lexan that you have broke.
I would put money that it would last over 10 years outside exposed to
(prolonged UV exposure, moisture, and heat)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 07-28-2017 10:28 PM

AK, you da man, thanks.

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#13 posted 07-28-2017 10:55 PM



AK, you da man, thanks.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop


You’re welcome. You know I have to be careful about turning pictures upright nowadays. :(

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#14 posted 07-29-2017 01:40 AM

1/4” plywood oughta do it.

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#15 posted 07-29-2017 02:23 AM

Deadherring if the place your talking about is Acme Plastics they are great. Tell them what you are trying to accomplish and they will tell you what you need they will most likely steer you towards lexan.

-- mrg

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