Step 7: Install the catch magnet

Stick a catch magnet to the metal plate on the shutter. Close the shutter, making sure it's flush with the front of the window.

With the magnetized catch sitting on the windowsill, mark the location of its screw holes.

Remove the catch from the shutter and position it atop the marks on the sill. Screw the catch to the sill with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Repeat for the other catch.

Tip: A shutter (or door) is correctly aligned when the two halves of each of its hinges rest fully and squarely against each other when it's closed.
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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.