Step 3: Bore pilot holes

boring pilot holes for a window shade
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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Use a drill fitted with a 1/16-inch-diameter bit to bore pilot holes at each screw location. Hold the bit perfectly straight as you bore up into the head jamb.

If drilling into a stone or concrete lintel, use a 1/4-inch-diameter masonry bit and insert a lead anchor in each hole.

Vacuum up all the sawdust you've created.

Tip: For windows greater than 44 inches wide, install a third, center bracket.

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    Tools List

    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Multi-tip screwdriver
    • Awl
      Awl
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      2-foot level and straight board
    • drill
      Drill/driver with 1/16-inch-diameter bit
    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    Shopping List

    1. WINDOW SHADE

    2. MOUNTING BRACKETS AND SCREWS (COME WITH SHADE)

    3. WOOD SHIM