were once a practical means of shutting window openings. These days, however,
most shutters are decorative accessories used to beautify a home's exterior.
Installation of decorative shutters is a relatively simple project. There
are two methods of attachment commonly used: direct attachment and the
use of hidden clips. Direct attachment involves using vinyl plugs through
the face of the shutter and into the side of the house. The use of clips
allows shutters to be attached with no visible screws or attachment hardware.
The clips are mounted to the home's exterior, and the shutters snap into
place on the clips.
The shutters you buy will generally dictate the method of attachment that
the manufacture recommends. Attachment accessories are usually included
in the package of shutters along with installation instructions.
Attaching shutters with plugs
my experience, using plugs to hang shutters is the easiest method. Depending
on the height of the shutter, I will drill either 4 or 6 holes in the
corners of each shutter. The hole will be slightly smaller in diameter
than the plug.
Holding the shutter in position, I use the hole in the shutter as a guide
to drill a hole in the house for each plug. Each plug is then pushed into
the hole to hold the shutter snug to the siding. With the proper drill
bits you can use these plugs on wood, vinyl, and masonry siding.
Every time we get a set of shutters with hidden clips, the clips are different
than ones we've seen before. Hidden clips are somewhat more difficult
to install. They require more precise measurements to be transferred to
the house often times at heights that are difficult to work. The clips
are attached to the house and the shutters are attached to the clips
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