1. Screw driver
2. Power drill and drill bits
3. Measuring tape
5. Rubber mallet
Shutters to Your Door includes Phillips Head screws for installation. However, all windows are different and you may need wood screws in varying lengths. Or, if the installation is into concrete or plaster, etc., specialized equipment and/or parts such as hammer drills, plugs, toggle bolts, etc. may be required.
Additional materials may be required and are not supplied by Shutters to Your Door.
• Drop cloth (canvas or plastic) large enough for unpacking and pre-drilling
• Clean fabric cloth and a mild cleaning spray solution
• Finishing supplies (caulk)
The shutter installation is basically the same even though shutters come in many configurations.
First: Assemble the frame and fasten the window at two points.
Second: Hang the panels and “rack” the shutters while completing the frame installation.
Finally: Complete this installation by caulking in the frames and other finishing details.
Carefully unpack the shutters. The package will include:
• Smaller shutters come fully assembled, and for install the panel is removed prior to frame installation.
• Larger shutters are shipped “Broken Down” component parts: Shutter panels
• Disassembled frames
Assemble the Frame
1. If using a drop cloth, lay out the frame sections on the cloth with the front side of the frame down. If not using a drop cloth, any soft surface should work. Match up the corners using the labels on each frame segment to identify the location. They are labeled left, right, top and bottom.
2. The corners of the frames are most easily joined with Hoffman keys (included). Hoffman keys provide a tight and secure fit and sometimes it is necessary to tap them closed. To tap the keys securely in place, use a rubber mallet and block so the frame is not damaged in the process.
Careful Instructions: Once the frame has been assembled, and to avoid breaking the frame corners, make sure the weight is even when moving the frames.
3. If T-Posts are used, they have had been positioned in the factory with the frame. Whether one or more T-Posts are used, the holes have been pre- drilled. Align the color dots to the “top” of the T-Post and from left to right, install the T-Posts to the frame.
4. After T-Posts have been installed into the frame and prior to installing the frame to the window, double check to make sure the T-Post location is accurate. Sometimes, the screws can be drilled on a bias which slightly moves the T-Post out of position. The T-Post position can be checked by dropping the panels into the frame once T-Posts are installed. Adjust T-Post location if necessary.
5. Secure the remaining screws into the pre-drilled holes of the T-Posts. NOTE: For installations with multiple T-Posts, it is recommended that you begin your racking at the center most section and work your way out to each end.
6. Optional decorative sill cap. See pictures
INSTALLATION OF SHUTTERS - Inside Mount L Frame
*Make sure the frame has been properly assembled and is right side up
*If the frame is significantly smaller than the opening size, then do not overtighten the screws. Overtightening the screws will cause frame to distort.
*For inside mount frames, use caulk to fill any light gaps.
Step A. Install the Frame
1. Center the frame over for outside mounts, or into the opening of the window for inside mounts.
2. Attach the side frames within 3” of the top corners.
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Step B. Mount the Panels
1. Place the panels into the frame by fitting the pin end of the hinges into the hinge barrels. It may be necessary to tap up the hinge pins on one or more of the hinges which helps to easily install the panels.
2. After the panels are installed, put hinge pins in.
3. Close the panels and check for correct alignment. If needed, adjust frame for proper fit.
4. Hold frame in proper aligned position. Secure the frame with final screws to secure perfect fit.
Caulking may be required to fill in minor gaps between the frame and wall, between mitered corners of the frame, or over the screw heads for the frame installation screws.
INSTALLATION OF SHUTTERS - Outside Mount L Frame
Step 1. Assemble the Frame
1. Center the frame outside the window opening.
2. Mount the first screw on the upper left side of the frame. Move the bottom of the frame left or right to square the frame.
3. Next, screw bottom right hand side of frame.
4. Insert panels. Make sure panel fits squarely inside frame.
5. Once the frame is square, attach the top of the frame. Mount the first screw in the middle of the frame, and then attach the two corners. On larger units, space additional screws evenly, no more than 30” apart and near the top of each T-Post.
INSTALLATION OF SHUTTERS - Z Frame Installation
1. Center the frame inside of the window.
2. Screws should ideally be inserted through the inside part of the frame. Remember to pre-drill all screw holes.
3. Mount the screw in the upper left side of the frame, near the top hinge.
4. Move the bottom of the frame left or right to square the frame.
5. After assuring the frame is level, install the panels. Align hinges and insert hinge pins. IF the pins are difficult to insert, slightly loosen the hinge screws on the frame and move the panels back and forth until the hinge pin slides into position. Then re-tighten the hinge screws.
6. Make adjustments to the frame to ensure the panels square and level in the frame. Place additional screws at each hinge location. Assure the frame is square, and the panels are straight.
7. Once the frame is square, attach the top of the frame. Mount the first screw in the middle of the frame, and then attach the two corners. On larger units, space additional screws evenly, no more than 30” apart and near the top of each T-Post.
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8. Attach the bottom of the frame. Mount the first screw in the middle of the frame, and then attach the two corners. Space any additional screws as you did at the top of the frame.
INSTALLATION OF SHUTTERS - Direct Mount Installation
1. To install unframed shutters, the hinges attached to the shutter panel(s) are screwed to the inside of the window frame. The shutter panel(s) should be flush with the front of the frame, both the barrel of the hinges just outside the frame.