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Old 04-03-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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Hello to all,

My name is Mack, and I would like to get some advice about covering up the windows on a shed that I will be using for a wood shop. The structure has 7 screen windows that don't lock which compromises security in my opinion. I would like to cover them (make them a wall), or have them covered by a professional if It's too involved for me to do. Once the windows are taken out and covered, I would like to have them covered with the same yellow siding (see photo). My question is what materials would you use to cover the windows and what are the steps involved?

I forgot to mention that I would like to leave one window intact. I would also have the screen door taken out and have a more secure door installed but that's a different issue. Thanks for your help. I look forward to participating in the forum. Thanks.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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You remove the windows and the trim, install wall studs as needed and plywood the areas you want covered.
Side with whatever you want.
You might need a permit.
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Hi Ron,
Thank you for your reply. What thickness plywood do recommended? I'll look into whether or not I need a permit. Thanks for pointing that out.

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You remove the windows and the trim, install wall studs as needed and plywood the areas you want covered.
Side with whatever you want.
You might need a permit.
Ron
Hi Ron,
I have a couple more questions: What material would you suggest for the studs, metal or wood, and would they be vertical or horizontal? Thanks again for your help.

-Mack
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You put the same thickness sheathing as is below the windows. My guess would be 3/4".
The wood studs are vertical. sheathing, horizontal.
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You put the same thickness sheathing as is below the windows. My guess would be 3/4".
The wood studs are vertical. sheathing, horizontal.
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Ron,
Thank you for you help. It's much appreciated.

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You remove the windows and the trim, install wall studs as needed and plywood the areas you want covered.
Side with whatever you want.
You might need a permit.
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Hi Ron,
You were right, I do need a permit. Thanks

-Mack

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This is one of those cases where you don't really need a permit - it's just a shed, and you're keeping the door for egress so there's no safety concern.
But most inspectors are nice guys who will teach you a thing or two, so it's some of the best cheap advice you'll get.
If you buy any DIY renovation book, it will show you the basics of framing (bottom plate, cripples, top plate) and this will be an easy job.
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This is one of those cases where you don't really need a permit - it's just a shed, and you're keeping the door for egress so there's no safety concern.
But most inspectors are nice guys who will teach you a thing or two, so it's some of the best cheap advice you'll get.
If you buy any DIY renovation book, it will show you the basics of framing (bottom plate, cripples, top plate) and this will be an easy job.
Hi Dairylander,
My sister said that a permit wasn't needed (It's her house), but I called the Dept. OF Building just to be sure. I hope you're right when you say it will be an easy job, because I don't want to get in over my head. Thank you.

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Why don't they lock? Would it be better to fix that and keep them for ventalation?
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Why don't they lock? Would it be better to fix that and keep them for ventalation?
Hi pjordan,

There are a total of 7 screen windows (2 aren't visible in the photo), and none of them have locks. Even If they had locks I would still eliminate most of them. I plan on keeping one or 2 windows for ventilation. I should also add that I will take out the windows that I do plan on keeping and replace them with a more secure frame and better windows that lock. Thanks.

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