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Window Stepped Prop Stick

Martha Stewart Living Television

Summer is around the corner, and you'll want to open your house to a few mild breezes. A stepped prop stick is a simple tool that allows you to prop a window open in a variety of positions. Most windows have springs built into them, but the springs often wear out or are not strong enough to hold the weight of the window. By securely wedging this stick between the window and the sill, you can adjust the space as you wish.

Tools and Materials

  • 1- by 2-inch slat, 18 inches long
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw or pull saw
  • Wood file
  • Sandpaper
  • Goggles

Window Stepped Prop Stick How-To
1. Mark your pattern onto the wooden slat: First, make two marks perpendicular to the long edge, dividing the slat into thirds. Each mark should extend 1/2 inch into the slat. With a ruler, draw a diagonal line from the top corner of the slat to the interior point of your first mark. Draw another diagonal from the edge point of the first mark to the interior point of the second mark.

2. With a jigsaw, carefully cut the slat along your markings to create the notches.

3. File, and then sand the freshly cut edges to eliminate any loose splinters.