How to Motorize Awning Windows How to Motorize Awning Windows

What You'll Need
Awning (with Motor)
Tape measure
Allen wrench
Lag bolts and washers
Mounting brackets
Header boards

This article is a how-to on installing an electric awning windows. Installing an electric awning window operator can be done over the existing hand crank on the window. The installation can be done by most do-it-yourselfers with a moderate level of skill. The tools, materials and steps needed to install a motorized awning are described below. This article will describe the process of mounting and installing the awning as well as the motorized component instead of the hand crank that opens the awning.

Step 1: Measure and Prepare Window for Awning Installation

You will need to measure the awning width for the installation. As you are measuring the awning’s width you need to stay clear of any outdoor lights and downspouts. You will also need to measure the wall where the awning will be mounted in order to install a header board.

Cut and remove the vinyl siding for the header board installation.

Step 2: Attach the Header Board

Attach the header board for the awning to the studs using lag bolts and washers to mount the board. The header board needs to be secured to the wall in order to support the awning’s weight. The header board must be level before it is attached to the studs. Use the caulk in all of the joints.

Use a drill to make the holes into the studs. Mount the header board and tighten the bolts with a ratchet or adjustable wrench.

Step 3: Install Mounting Brackets for Awning

Install the mounting brackets using lag bolts and washers. The brackets should be mounted level to the wall where the awning will be attached, allowing a foot of mounting space (12 inches).

Step 4: Mount the Awning

With the mounting brackets in place and level, place the awning on the brackets. Check to make sure during the awning mounting process that adequate clearance exists between the bottom of the awning and the floor in the area where the awning is being mounted. You can choose to mount the awning from the roof with a roof mount kit instead if an adequate amount of clearance does not exist for the awning.

As you place the awning into the brackets you will need another person to help you lift the awning and slide it into the brackets. Secure the mounting bar to the brackets using bolts. Tighten the bolts causing the locking lip to lock down the mounting bar.

Step 5: Install the Motorized Crank

Slip the motorized crank mechanism over the existing hand crank. You will need to use a screwdriver or allen wrench to remove the handle to the hand crank. With the hand crank removed, lock the motorized awning mechanism in place and tighten. Test the motorized mechanism to ensure proper installation and to make sure that the awning opens and closes as designed.

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