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Push come to shove, we always support a project’s function over elegance. If you can do it quickly and on the cheap, too, you’ve got a trifecta on your hands. Reader Sakraft1 manages to pull that off with his window cover.

Basically Sakraft1 wanted to keep snow and leaves from piling up in the window ledge of his basement window. A trip to the local home center yielded a piece that doesn’t restrict the light but will keep most debris out of the window. For safety the whole thing swivels up in case you need to get out of there in a hurry. Not too bad for a weekend’s work.

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7 Responses to Flickr Pool: Window Cover

  1. Roscoe says:

    He must have gone to an awful home center if he couldn’t just find one of these: http://www.castlewholesalers.com/MACCOURT-W4217-Circular-Rect-Plastic-Window-Well-Cover.html

  2. Chris says:

    I was wondering that, too. What are the advantages of this over a pre-manufactured window-well cover?


  3. Mescg Roupe says:

    Actually it almost looks as though it could be painted black and made into a solar collector.

  4. Scott says:

    Hi, I’m Scott, and this is my window well cover.

    Roscoe and Chris: the window well in question is a Monarch egress window well, and its much larger than any of the pre-made ones in any home center where I live. Monarch makes a cover for this well, but our contractor installed the window higher than the top of the well, so the factory cover would actually prevent the window from opening.

    Mescg Roupe: That thought had crossed my mind 🙂

    UPDATE: This thing isn’t really secured too well. We had a pretty powerful storm early last week and in the morning I found it leaning up against my shed 30 feet away. Luckily it did blow the other direction into the street or into my neighbors house. There was a minor repair to make and I now have some cement blocks butting up against it (and we might put some straps around it and the cement blocks).

    Thanks for posting!

  5. Scott says:

    FYI, we did buy the largest size of premade window well cover at home depot and it fit nicely *inside* the window well 😉

  6. Chris says:

    I dunno if this is kosher or not, but you might try bolting the wooden frame to the metal window well enclosure itself. Might also be able to put some anchors in the foundation if you didn’t want to bolt it to the window well.

    By the way, what keeps leaves and such from blowing in the sides? They look like they’re open in that photo.


  7. Scott says:

    HI Chris,

    After these photos were taken I covered the sides with more corrugated PVC. Between that and the cement blocks, maybe its time for more pictures 🙂

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