Outside Mount – Hanging Strips
strips are installed on each side of the window (see illustration).
· Determine the proper width between the hanging strips. To
do this, lay your plantation shutters panel(s) flat on the floor. Measure the
width of the panel(s), including the hinges. Add 1/8th of an inch
for clearance where any panel(s) close.
· Position the hanging strips over the window. Position
each of them at the same height, centered on the window. Use a level to ensure
the strips are straight up and down.
· Install the hanging strips on the wall using the included screws.
Install only one screw at each corner of the window for now – the rest will be added later.
Step 2 – Plantation Shutters Panel Installation
Position the plantation
shutters panels on your frame or wall. Ensure that clearance gaps are even at
the top and bottom of the panel. Install the plantation shutters panels using
the included hinge screws.
Step 3 – Shutter Panel Adjustment.
Your shutter panels
should hang somewhat evenly after Step 2, but there will always be the need for adjustments.
Plantation shutters look best when the gaps around all panels are somewhat even, and the
panels line up with each other.
· For larger adjustments, adjust the frame (Z Frame, L Frame, or Hanging Strips) by backing out the
appropriate screws, moving the frame as needed, and retightening the screws.
· For smaller adjustments or for Direct Mounts, adjust gaps as needed using the following methods:
the shutter panels up or down by unscrewing the hinges from the frame, moving the panels, and reinstalling the screws.
the hinges by opening the shutter panels, inserting a piece of wire or similar spacer between the hinge flaps, then shutting
the panels until the hinge is stretched slightly. Remove the spacer. Stretch the hinges a little at a time, and stretch hinges evenly if you have multiple panels. You can also stretch the top hinges while leaving the bottom hinges untouched, and vise versa. This essentially “twists” the shutter panels within the frame or window.
Step 4 – Install All Remaining Hardware
Install all remaining screws in the frame.
· Install the magnetic catches.
Install the button hole plugs over top of the screw
Your Plantation Shutters are now installed!
Step 5 – Adjust Louver Tension (only if needed)
Should the louver tension of your plantation shutters
ever need to be adjusted, you can do so by adjusting the louver tension adjustment screws.
Insert an 11/16” or 9mm socket/nut driver (Crestview
and Alder) or a Philips screwdriver (Classic Line) into the access holes in the sides of the shutter panels. One access hole will be on each side.
Turn the screws 1/10 turn at a time until the desired
tension is reached. Do not over tighten. Adjust the screws on each side of the shutter panel to keep equal tension
Proper tension is achieved when the louvers tilt freely
and easily but do not move when the tilt bar is released.