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Weekend of October 1st: Exterior Shutters

So what if you want to crank up the Bob Seger, slip on the dark sunglasses, turn up your collar, and slide across the living room floor in nothing but your underpants and oxford shirt? Go right ahead—what you do in the privacy of your own home is, frankly, nobody's beeswax. Just do the neighbors a favor and shutter the windows.

As This Old House technical editor Mark Powers shows in How to Hang Exterior Shutters, you could put several pairs up in a weekend to provide privacy from prying eyes, get relief from the summer heat, a barrier against storm winds, and a sure defense against arrow attacks (if you're a 17-century colonist, that is).
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