BUT, I did see one idea that I thought was worth stealing/sharing. It's a method for attaching plywood to hardened windows on a suburban home, seen in episode 3. Frickin' genius, if you ask me...
The whole episode is currently up on YouTube, and the segment I'm talking about appears at about 5:40 into the video. Click here to watch it.
Quick description: the window is opened, and a long bolt fed in through a hole in the pre-cut plywood and then through a 2x4 cross brace on the interior of the home. Tightened the bolt down and you're good to go. They're using 3/4 inch plywood and, in Doomsday Preppers style, spend some time trying to smash through it. Not bullet proof, but it will certainly slow someone from getting into a home and provide concealment, too.
Here's a few pictures to give you an idea of how it works in case the YouTube link goes down:
|Pre-cut plywood, hole, bolt passed through.|
|Open window, bolt on the other side, horizontal cross brace moved into place.|
|Tighten down the bolt and move onto the next window.|
Normally, I've seen plywood attached with screws around the edges into the studs - which is not only going to leave holes all around all of your windows, but is going to take a while to install on your house. Here's a picture to give you an idea:
Certainly, 3/4 inch plywood is not bullet proof and a determined attacker could get through given enough time. BUT, much better than a bare window against an angry mob or zombie hordes. Should also do a pretty good job of keeping any light inside your home.
I'm pretty sure you would lose more heat via the plywood over a modern window, and that's a trade off that would need to be worthwhile.
But, in general, a really solid way to harden up the average suburban home fairly quickly and fairly inexpensively, without altering the home in any way. Something we'll be doing when we settle somewhere a bit more permanent.
Anyone seen/done this before? Thoughts, experiences? Let me know!