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42 Home Security Nightmares Lurking Around Your Home

The Family Handyman Logo By Nick Gerhardt of The Family Handyman | Slide 3 of 42: A flimsy old wooden garage entry door has weak center panels that can easily be kicked in, making it a favorite target for thieves. Adding a dead bolt won't solve that problem. A down-and-dirty way to beef up the door is to add a 1/2-in. plywood reinforcement panel and then bar it with 2x4s placed in bar-holder brackets.Cut the plywood to fit over the door's center section (make sure it covers the windows but doesn't cover the door handle). Fasten it to the door with drywall screws.Test-fit a bracket and 2x4 against the door. Measure how far the bracket is from the wall, then cut filler strips that distance and install them. Fasten the brackets in place by drilling 1/4-in. pilot holes and inserting 3/8 x 3-in. lag screws. Place the 2x4s in the brackets.Check out more garage security tips here.

Beef Up Your Wooden Garage Entry Door

A flimsy old wooden garage entry door has weak center panels that can easily be kicked in, making it a favorite target for thieves. Adding a dead bolt won't solve that problem. A down-and-dirty way to beef up the door is to add a 1/2-in. plywood reinforcement panel and then bar it with 2x4s placed in bar-holder brackets.Cut the plywood to fit over the door's center section (make sure it covers the windows but doesn't cover the door handle). Fasten it to the door with drywall screws.Test-fit a bracket and 2x4 against the door. Measure how far the bracket is from the wall, then cut filler strips that distance and install them. Fasten the brackets in place by drilling 1/4-in. pilot holes and inserting 3/8 x 3-in. lag screws. Place the 2x4s in the brackets.Check out more garage security tips here.
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