How to Make Iron Window and Door Guards

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With crime on the rise in many areas, it's important to take the necessary measures to keep your family safe. One inexpensive way is to install iron window and door guards. If you have a welder, you can make these guards yourself.

  • Measure the inside of your window frame. Cut the iron pieces according to your window's dimensions. You should have four pieces, two for the length and two for the width. Weld the pieces together. These pieces will form the frame for the window guards.

  • Determine the distance you want between the bars. For example, if your window frame is 30 inches wide and you want the bars 6 inches apart, cut four iron bars just a bit under the length of your window frame. These bars need to fit inside the iron frame.

  • Make a mark every 6 inches along the top horizontal piece (width) of the frame. Repeat the same process on the bottom piece. These marks are the top and bottom positions where you'll need to weld the bars.

  • Line up with the first mark on the top and bottom of the frame and weld it in place. Do the same with the rest of the bars.

  • Add one attachment bar to each corner of the window guard; the attachment bars are four pieces of flat iron, long enough to attach the guard to the window frame. Measure from the edge of the guard to the edge of the window frame. Cut and weld your four pieces. Drill a screw hole on the section of the attachment piece that will attach to the window frame and screw the window guard onto the window frame.

  • Follow steps 1 through 4 to make the door iron guard.

  • Weld hinges on one side of the door guard. Attach a latch to lock and unlock the door guard.

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