How To Fix Plantation Shutters
Here's the best news: it doesn't cost a lot to fix these shutters and you only need a few tools and supplies.
Step #1: Make Sure the Shutter Is Fully Open
You'll need to make sure your plantation shutters are fully open. Move the tilt rod into position so that you can get a full few of each shutter. Look for staples or other attachment items that have worked their way loose as you're doing this. If you find any, remove them with a pair of pliers. Then replace any missing attachments and put a drop of glue at the attachment point so the shutters are stable once again. The key to do this well is to not force the attachment into place.
Step #2: Repair or Remove Damaged Louvers
With the plantation shutters open, you'll also want to look for louvers that have become damaged. Some superficial damages can be repaired with some simple wood filler and then matching paint or stain. Simply apply these items according to their directions. Sometimes, however, you may need to completely replace a louver that has broken. Remove them by cutting through the louver attachment through the center of it.
You'll then need to remove the entire panel and place it onto a flat surface. You'll need to cut the pins that have the louver attached to the stile of the shutters. Then install the replacement louver by placing the nylon pins in place and either replacing the center attachment with a new one or by placing the new louver into the existing attachment.
Step #3: Inspect the Tilt Rods
Sometimes the damage isn't to the shutters, but to the tilt rods. If you cannot open up your shutters because the tilt rod has broken, then move the rod so that your shutter lovers are tilted in the same direction, preferably at a 45 degree angle. Then either remove the damaged rod or attachments, replace them with new parts and then make sure to place a drop of glue at the attachment point so the fix can be more permanent in nature.
For plantation shutters that have staples, it is important to wear proper eye protection as they can sometimes fly out or be so stubborn that your pliers slip off. Also make sure you have proper ventilation if you need to affix anything on the shutter with glue. Once completed, then you'll know how to fix plantation shutters properly and be able to properly maintain them so they can continue to provide a warm, classic look for your property.
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