Using the 2×4 Open Bar Holders for Hurricane Window Protection

2x4 bar holder showing use as hurricane protection
2×4 bar holder showing use as hurricane protection

One of the really neat thing that the 2×4 Open Bar Holders can be used for is to secure your windows and doors against hurricanes and tropical storms constant unrelenting winds.

It turns out that the vibration from the sustained winds can vibrate holder boards out of almost any situation.

But the unique holes in the compact 2×4 Open Bar Holders that make these really compact are the same holes that can be used to put in some “tack” screws that keep the 2×4 security bars from vibrating loose.

So now you can close your hurricane shutters and secure using the 2×4 Open Bar Holders, a 2×4 bar, and the extra keeper screws and your shutters won’t be opened by the sustained vibration of the winds.

Or if you don’t have shutters, you can put up plywood, then secure using a bar too. In fact you could do this to secure your vacation home when you are away for a long period of time.

NEAT FEATURE: will even color match the bar holders to your house. Just add the color match add-on to your order in the cart. We’ll contact you and you can send in a paint chip and we’ll color match to varying levels of closeness. WAY BETTER than painting them!


Really nice reviews over on eBay for my 2×4 Secure Bar Holder Kit

One lady said I need to make better instructions. Fair. I admit it. I like USEFUL/ACTIONABLE feedback. But she also gave a nice rating and a balanced review as well. It makes a guy feel nice knowing that when you create something that people can appreciate it. Truth be known it is sort of your baby.

ebay rating for secure 2x4 bar holder kits with the written review
ebay rating for secure 2×4 bar holder kits with the written review

2×4 or 2×2 Open Bar Holders for Plywood Holders for Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Recently, I’ve seen an uptick of people ordering LARGE orders (more than 6 for example) of 2×4 and 2×2 Open Bar Holders.

Usually the bar holders I make are to be used in conjunction or in my kits to help secure your shed better.

Another use is to simply put on the INSIDE of your doors to hold a bar for added security. Sometimes this is called a zombie bar.

When I asked a few questions, these customers that ordered large numbers of the open bar holders were buying them in preparation for hurricanes and tropical storms.

I’m attaching a couple of pictures here (GPS info stripped from pics as it is none of your business where!):

Why did they do this?

  • Because my bar holders look better than the stuff you buy from Lowes and Home Depot. Those others look like crap. Mine look good.
  • By installing these AHEAD of time, their house is prepared for the hurricane and all they have to do is to quickly grab their plywood and wood bars. This is SUPER fast.
  • Because the 2×4 bar holders have holes in them, you can put in a screw AFTER the bar is in place to keep the storm from vibrating the board out of place.
  • Since I offer galvanized as an option, customers can buy and paint over the plain gray color. I would recommend a self etching primer for sure to “crack” the galvanization. But if you want a very large order, I’m happy to create you steel only. Just contact me.
  • Quick Notes:
    • Have pre-cut and labeled plywood ready to go.
    • Have ready to go bars.

Beautiful RED Barn Installation of 2×4 Secure Bar Holders

Textbook installation of the secure bar holder on a really picturesque red barn.

In this case, this barn does not have internal stops for the left door. The client wrote me and was going to pick up an extra bar holder to be installed on the left door next to the first bar holder. This would secure the door from being pushed in as well as being pulled out.