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In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to repair exterior shutters.

Steps:
1 Unscrew damaged shutter from house.
2 Remove loose louvers from the shutter.
3 Use wire brush to clean away all dust and debris from the shutter.
4 Loosely set the louvers back into place.
5 Apply polyurethane glue to the mortise-and-tenon joint of shutter frame.
6 Place pipe clamp on shutter, and hold louvers in position as you slowly tighten the clamp.
7 Leave the clamp in place until the glue cures.
8 Bore two 3/16-inch-diameter pilot holes into the window casing on each side of window; hammer in shutter pintles, on which the shutters will swing.
9 Hang the shutter by slipping its hinge leaf over the pintles
10 Hammer a shutter dog into the house beneath the shutter to engage the spring latch.
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