Plantation Shutter Kits

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Getting started

Installation Tool Kit

Installation tool kit - What you will need to assemble and install your shutters
  • A grey lead pencil or marker
  • Masking tape for labelling your shutter components
  • A small cordless drill
  • 1 x PH1 drill bit (for the cordless drill)
  • 1 x PH2 drill bit (for the cordless drill)
  • 2 x Screwdrivers - 1 x PH1 & 1 x PH2
  • Depending on the window frame material you will be installing your shutters into, make sure you purchase appropriate the installation screws - timber, masonry or aluminium. For installation into timber, Mike likes to use a 40mm chipboard screw. 
  • Packers - Macsim brand (potentially)
  • A step ladder if necessary
  • A spirit level
  • No More Gaps (for caulking)

 

Explaining the components

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Stiles (sides of your panel)

  • You will receive two stiles for each shutter. These are the sides of your shutter panel. 
  • Check them to see which is your left stile, and which is your right, then label accordingly.
  • If you chose a left-hinged panel layout, then look for the pre-drilled hinge holes - this will guide you as to which side is which.  
  • Watch the assembly video for guidance. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Top, bottom and midrails

  • Your planation shutter panel will have both a top and bottom rail (top rail shown left)
  • Check them to see which is which, then label accordingly.
  • Watch the assembly video for guidance. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Blades (regular and tensioning)

  • You will receive a number of blades for your plantation shutter.
  • For each tilt rod you have on your shutter, you will have to set one blade aside as the 'tensioning' blade. This tensioning blade will not require a blade pin, rather it will have the tensioning screw inserted. 
  • You will need to insert the blade pins provided into both ends of each regular blade. 
  • You will not have to insert the tensioning screw/s into the tensioning blade/s until assembly stage.
  • Watch the assembly video for guidance. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Hinges & hinge screws

  • These hinges come separately and you will need to attach them to your shutter panels.
  • Their job is to secure the panel to the Hang Strip or directly to your widow recess for a Direct Mount installation. 
  • Use these screws to attach the hinges to the stiles. 
  • Watch the assembly video for guidance.

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Large screws for the top, bottom and midrails

  • These large screws are used to attach the top, bottom and midrails (if applicable) to the stiles (sides of the shutter panel).
  • Simply line up the rails with the tiles and insert the screws into the pre-drilled holes.
  • Watch the assembly video for guidance.

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Tensioning screws & washers

  • These screws are used in conjunction with the plastic washers to form the tensioning screws.
  • These are inserted into the holes provided for the tensioning blades on your shutter panel. 
  • Watch the assembly video for guidance.

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Blade pins

  • These blade pins are inserted into both ends of the blades, enabling you to insert them into the holes provided.
  • Watch the assembly video for guidance.

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Tilt rod

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Tilt rod & screws

  • The tilt rod attaches to the ends of the shutter blades. 
  • Use the screws provided to attach the tilt rod in place. 
  • Watch the assembly video for guidance. 

 

T-Post Brackets

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Panel Hinge Pins

  • Panel Hinge Pins are how you attach the plantation shutter panels to the Hang Strip or window recess (direct mount installation).
  • Simply line up your panels with the corresponding hinges fitted on the hang strip or window recess, and drop the pin in.
  • Watch the installation video for guidance.

 

Screws provided

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and installation type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Striker Plates

  • These striker plates are attached to the bottom of the hang strip, where the panel meets the strip in the closed position.
  • Make sure they are aligned with the magnet on the panel for a secure closed position.
  • Use the screws provided.
  • Watch the installation video for guidance.

 

TPost

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

T-Post brackets

  • These brackets are positioned on either side of your T-posts to hold them securely in place.
  • Simply screw them into the base of the window frame.
  • Use the screws provided.

 

Screw caps

When you receive your Plantation Shutters, depending upon the layout and install type you selected, you will receive some or all of these components:

Stickers

  • Supplied to cover your screws once you have finished installing your shutter. 

 

How to Install - Assembling the panel

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

Step 1 - Laying out your panel 
  • Working on a flat surface, lay the stiles (sides) and top and bottom rails and midrails (if applicable) of your panel out in the correct position.
  • Label these accordingly so you don't lose track of which is the top, bottom, left and right. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

Step 2 - Attaching the top, mid and bottom rails to the stile
  • Insert the top and bottom rails and midrails (if applicable) into one of the stiles, then screw into place. 
  • Only complete this process on one side for now (you will need to insert the blades first before attaching the other stile to the rails). 
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

Step 3 - Inserting the blades into the stile
  • Insert the blade pins into the blades, then lay all your blades out and start inserting them into the stile. Do this one one side only for now. 
  • Ensure you leave a space where the tensioning blade/s will go. This blade/s will need the tensioning screw inserted rather than a blade pin. 
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 
  • Once you have completed one side, repeat the process on the opposite side - inserting the top, mid and bottom rails and all 'regular' blades into the other stile. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

Step 4 - Attach the opposite side stile to the top, mid and bottom rails
  • Once you've inserted all the 'regular' blades, as well as the top, mid and bottom rails into the other stile, you can now secure the rails by screwing them into place. 
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

Step 5 - Attach the tensioning screw and blade into the panel
  • You should have a gap left where the tensioning blade/s will go. Start by inserting the tensioning washer into the hole from the inside of the panel, and insert the screw from the outside. 
  • Align the tensioning blade in place, then screw into place using your drill. 
  • Repeat this process on both side of the panel.  
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

Step 6 - Attach the tilt rod
  • Your panel should now be fully assembled. Lift onto it's vertical edge so you can easily attach the tilt rod.
  • Sit the tilt rod in place on the edge of the blades, and gently insert the tilt rod screws into place. 
  • You can start this process with your drill, then finish off by hand with your screwdriver. 
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

Step 7 - Adjust the tensioning screw (if required)
  • Once you've attached the tilt rod, check the tension of your blades by moving them back and forth. 
  • If they feel a bit stiff or too easy to move, adjust the tensioning screw with your screwdriver to achieve the right tension. 
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 

 

Plantation Shutter Kits - Assembling the panel

Step 8 - Attach the hinges
  • The final assembly step is to attach the hinges to the panel. 
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 

 

How to Install - Hang Strip

Installing plantation shutter kits

Step 1 - Align the hang strip in your window recess (hinge side)
This installation requires 8G x 40mm screws
  • Take your time.
  • Preparation is key.
  • Stay level - use your spirit level. If you start level and true then the shutters are going to be installed perfectly, panels will open and close.
  • Align the hinged-side hang strip in to your window recess, approximately 30mm back from the edge. The edge of the hinge (where the pins are) should sit flush into the quirk of the window. 
  • It's a good idea to have someone to assist you.
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 

 

Installing plantation shutter kits

Step 2 - Attach the hang strip to the window recess
  • Once the hang strip is aligned in place, screw it into position at the top, middle and bottom. Mike receommends pre-drilling hole into your hang strip prior to installing it into the recess. 
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 

 

Installing plantation shutter kits

Step 3 - Hang the panel
  • When we present the panels we can see the shutter panel has one half of the hinge and the frame has the other.
  • Using the hinge pins included, simply present the panel to the frame, line up the hinges and drop the pin down so it connects the panel to the frame.
  • The hinge on the frame is only attached by the 2 oval shaped holes.
  • This means you have the flexibility to move your panel up or down as required to achieve the right fit.
  • If you loosen the screws, this will allow for approx 3mm - 4 mm of movement.
  • Once you have adjusted your panel height, make sure you then re-tighten the screws through the oval holes.
  • Then lock your hinge into position by inserting a 3rd screw into the round hole in the middle of the hinge. An important step to ensure your panels won't drop.
  • Watch the installation video for guidance.

 

Installing plantation shutter kits

Step 4 - Align and attach the opposite hang strip
  • Align the hinged-side hang strip in to your window recess, approximately 30mm back from the edge. The edge of the hinge (where the pins are) should sit flush into the quirk of the window. 
  • Once the hang strip is aligned in place, screw it into position at the top, middle and bottom. 
  • Watch the installation video for guidance. 

 

Installing plantation shutter kits

Step 5 - Attach the stroker plate

Striker Plates - Hang strip installation

  • The striker plate needs to be installed 5mm up from the bottom of the opposite hang strip, in line with where the panel meets the strip in the closed position.
  • Make sure they are aligned with the magnet on the panel for a secure closed position. Use the screws provided.

Everything should open and close nicely. If not make any minor adjustments as necessary.

Your Plantation Shutter is installed!

 

How to Install - Direct Mount Shutters

 

Plantation Shutter Installation - Direct Mount

Step 1 - Getting started

Direct Mount installations are one of the easiest to complete.

  • A direct mount plantation shutter doesn't have a frame and it consists of just 1 or 2 panels only.
  • Take your time.
  • Preparation is key.
  • Stay level - Use your spirit level. If you start level and true then the shutters are going to be installed perfectly, panels will open and close.
  • Follow the steps in order.
  • If you have more than one panel in your layout, you will receive a panel with a D-mould. The D-mould stip covers the gap between the first and second panel when they are in the closed position. The D-mould will always be on the right-hand panel.
  • Shutters 'dress up' - make sure you attach your plantation shutter panels the right way up.
  • It's a good idea to have someone to assist you - one to hold the panel and one to then insert the screws.

 

 

Plantation Shutter Installation - Direct Mount

Step 2 - Mounting the panel into the recess
  • Open and present your hinge to the recess.
  • You will see that there are 2 oval shaped holes and a round hole on the hinge.
  • Get someone to hold the panel in position.
  • Screw the oval shaped top and bottom holes of the hinges into the recess first.
  • Adjust the panel to the correct position and ensure it's level.
  • Test the position by opening and closing the panel to see how it looks.
  • Make any adjustments required by moving the panel up and down within the oval-shaped holes on the hinge.
  • Then place a screw in the centre round hole to lock the panel into position.

 

Plantation Shutter Direct Mount striker plates

Step 3 - L-Striker plates
  • Locate the magnet on the back of the shutter.
  • With the panel in the closed position line up the striker plate to where the magnet will touch
  • Install the striker plate into the recess at that exact position.
  • Secure with a couple of the supplied silver screws.

Your Plantation Shutter is installed!

 

How to install U Channel Shutters

 

Plantation Shutter U Channel installation

Step 1 - Getting started

A quick and easy installation. This installation requires 8G x 30mm screws and/or double sided tape.

  • Preparation is key.
  • Follow the steps in order.
  • Shutters 'dress up' - Make sure you install your plantation shutter panels the right way up.

 

 

Plantation Shutter U Channel installation

Step 2 - Installing the U-Channels
  • You will have 2 U-channels - 1 big and 1 small.
  • The big U-channel goes at the top. The small U-channel goes at the bottom.
  • Screw the big U-channel into the top of the recess or you can use double-sided tape.
  • Make sure the U-channel is centred in the middle of the recess.
  • Line up the small U-channel on the bottom of the recess to match the top U-channel.
  • Screw the small U-channel down or again you can use double-sided tape.

 

Plantation Shutter U Channel installation

Step 3 - Inserting the panels
  • Take your panel and lift it into the lip of the big U channel at the top of the recess.
  • Present the panel over the bottom U-channel
  • And simply drop the panel down into position.
  • Your U-channel installation is complete!

 

 

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