Home Improvement

DIY Shutter Repair

file3871274405546Fixing your shutters is not as daunting as a task as you may think. Whether it’s a problem with a louver or staple or a replacement, the following tips should help you repair them in no time.

Stay organized and read directions. Some screws are really tiny and shutters can get out of place so it’s helpful to stay organized so you don’t lose anything or get confused. If you have a repair kit, it should come with a set of directions that will easily make the process run a lot smoother.

Get out your toolbox. Some tasks are so simple they only require one tool to accomplish. When replacing shutter hinges, all you need is a screwdriver and installing a tilt rod only requires needle nose pliers. Easy does it!

Size matters. Louver staple connectors come in different sizes, so if any are missing you have to make sure you get the right ones. You should also make sure they are in the correct position when replacing them. And the most common mistake people make when fixing a missing tilt rod staple is choosing one that’s too long.

Don’t break the staples. When removing a louver, start by carefully cutting the staples as you’ll want to avoid breaking them. Then, gently spread them so you can disconnect the tilt rod. Next, use a utility knife to cut the pin that’s between the stile and louver. To install a replacement, reverse the removal steps and add a repair pin.

Tighten the screws. When your shutter louvers just won’t stay open, see if there are tension screws outside of each stile. If there are, they may just need a little tightening. No screws? Check for separation between the stiles and rails and use a repair kit to reattach them. Install a tension kit if all else fails.

Assess the situation. If a louver has any missing pieces of wood or staples or is torn, it may take an entire replacement instead of a simple repair to fix the damage.

All you really need to fix your shutters is some concentration, organization, patience and of course the right tools. If your shutter repair project requires more help, professional Nixa painters have you covered.