Easy Custom Window Well Covers

It is possible to purchase most size window well covers in your local home improvement shop, most, but not all. In this column I will show you a quick and easy method to produce your own covers, allowing plenty of light to enter the space, and allowing the important emergency depart.

During the years I have found that making a template saves money in the long term. I strongly advise you to make yourself a custom template of the window well. You can square the shape off, as if it was a rectangle or square when you order the piece of Plexiglas.

It’s been my experience that the local big box stores do not take sheets of Plexiglas, so you’ll need to call your regional glass company and purchase the piece of Plexiglas or Lexan, you may need for this particular project. The difference in price will be considerable, with Lexan being shatter resistant. I went the Plexiglas route, however you’ll have to decide for yourself. Cutting the Plexiglas is pretty straightforward and straight ahead. Install a plywood blade on your circular saw and a fine tooth blade in your jig saw. If you are not comfortable cutting it yourself, most glass businesses can do it for you, for an additional charge. In case you’ve got them cut the Plexiglas, don’t forget to bring your template for them to work with, and don’t forget to ask for the cutoff pieces. You can use them for smaller pleasure jobs like coasters and image frames.

Next measure the distance across the back of the window well, the right edge, against the house and buy a period of angled strut, to match. You know the kind I am talking about, the metallic angle that is usually used to hang garage door monitors and openers. Anchor that angle to the back wall, so it is going to serve as a location for the new cover to sit, ensuring the top of it is level with the surface of the window nicely. If Yoga Matte kaufen is right you can do exactly the same to it. If you have a continuous curve then cut two or three pieces of strut approximately 1” to 2” long and attach them to the interior of the front edge, spacing them equally, making certain you have at least 1 solid hole in each one.

Lay the freshly cut Plexiglas cover on your new framed opening, carefully put it into position, and making sure to maintain it securely against the rear wall. When you’re done drilling shed a 14” clevis pin into every hole. It’s possible to fasten each pin in place by slipping the locking clips into a pit at the clevis pin, from the interior. When this dries it’s going to function as a hinge when you start the cover.