Steps And Items Needed To Make Window Awnings Yourself
If you want to get rid out of unwanted sunlight & rain then you need to install window awnings, to do this you need to collect all the given items and follow all the steps. Here is the list of required items and steps for this process:
- 2-2x4 of approximately 8 feet in length slat & 1-2x6 of 10 foot length
- 1 box of 2.5 inch wood or drywall screws & 3-1x64 of 8 foot length
- 6 stucco lags with inserts & drill
- 1/8 inch drill bit suitable for wood & carpenters square
- Saw-hand or circular & Sanding block
- A torpedo level & Paint or stain as desired
- Sandpaper with 120 and 200 grit & Carpenters pencil
- Masonry bit properly sized for stucco lag inserts
Step 1: Build The Bracket Mounts
- First of all, you need to cut the slat 1x6’s in half, making 6 pieces of 4 feet long each. Now you need to cut the 8 foot, 2x4 boards, into 1 piece of 3-foot length and one piece of 4-foot length. Discard the extra slat, if there is any.
- Now you need to cut the 2x6 in half, make 2 pieces of 5-foot length. At 1 end of one of the previously given lengths, now cut a 30-degree angle towards the top. At the other end, cut a 60-degree angle toward the bottom. Now you need to measure all the angles from the same side.
- Now you need to cut the other slat of length 5 foot 2x6 in a mirror image of the first slat. Place your 4-foot length of wood slat against the end of the 3-foot length in the shape of an ‘L’. Now you need to pre-drill pilot holes with the help of drill machine and then simply use the wood screws to secure all the 2 pieces together in the ‘L’ shape. Do this same step for the other side as well.
Step 2: Mark And Cut Slat Locations
- Next, with the short length on your ground, you need to attach the 5-foot length to the antecedently assembled “L” frame. You have to be sure that the angles you cut are towards the long length & your ground. Start your work from the top and then mark lines level to your ground near 2 inches long.Then, from the back end of previously marked lines, now you need to mark vertical lines to the edge of your board. Now you will have a number of “L” shapes marked.
- Simply cut all these notches out and repeat the same process on your another bracket by using the first as the template. Now you need to use your sandpaper to finish all these cuts to be sure that the proper fit of your slats.
Step 3: Prepare For Paint
- Before you assemble, it is desirable to entirely sand all the pieces of your wood slat and also your assembled frames in preparedness for staining or painting the slats.
- Then you need to regulate where you want to locate your awnings, in relation to your window and then you need to mark accordingly. Next drill holes for the lag screws in your frame vertical piece because this will go against your wall.
- Next, pre-drill your wall with the help of masonry bit for the lag inserts. Also, secure your lag inserts in your wall at this time.
Step 4: Apply Finish
- Now its time to either stain or paint the awnings and you won’t get any paint or stain on the wall of your house. Leave it to dry wholly
Step 5: Assemble Slats
- After allowing abundant time to dry, now you need to assemble your awnings. Fit each wood slat in accurate place, one at a time, pre-drill and then securely install the wood screws of at least 3-inch length, as per 2 slats.
- This project can be easily accomplished in about 3 or 4 hours.