Step 3: Install the hanging strips

Have a helper hold a shutter in the open position against the wall with its hinges flipped out so they sit inside the jamb. Adjust the entire unit so its hinges protrude from the jamb just enough to allow the shutter to clear the casing when it's parallel to the wall. Pencil a line on the jamb behind each hinge.

Hold the hanging strip against the lines. With a -inch drill bit chucked into your drill/driver, bore pilot holes (one each at top and bottom) through the strip and into the jamb.

Now with a square-head bit in your drill/driver, screw the hanging strip to the jamb. Repeat on the other side.

Tip: Drive the screws into the hanging strips at an angle to keep them from working loose over time.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver with 1/8-inch drill bit and Phillips-head driver bit
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • folding ruler
      Folding rule
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • self-centering bit
      Self-centering bit,
      also known as a Vix bit
    • square-head bit
      Square-head screwdriver bit,
      for fastening hanging strips to window jamb

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    in most cases, must be custom-ordered. Measure each window separately.

    2. SHIMS

    used to center and hold the shutters in the window opening while marking the hinge locations.