Because plantation shutters can last for years and years they are obviously going to require some maintenance and the odd repair here and there during their life time. Plantation shutters can go from looking beautiful and stately to that rundown derelict abandoned house look in just a minute. All it takes is just a missing Louver staple or damaged Louver to turn your plantation shutters into an eyesore. Its a great shame that a lot of home owners just live with the eyesore not realizing that in most cases it is often a simply cured problem most likely well within the repertoire of their own DIY skill set to fix.
One of the most commonly encountered problems concerning plantation shutters is that the shutter staples that connect the tilt rod to the shutter louver fall out. The Staples keep the louvers in place, without staples the louvers can rotate in all directions obviously not a desirable effect this is a fairly easy repair that can be undertaken by any average home owner.
Usually its just a matter of ordering replacement staples, so long as the wood around to the staple holes has not been damaged. If the wood around the staple holes in either the Tilt Rod or Louver are broken, then it may be necessary to order replacement parts .Plantation shutter replacement parts are commonly available online and may even be sold by your local home depot.
Check the remaining staples still in the panel to determine the size of staples you will need you must ensure that the new replacement staples are the same size as the staples currently remaining in the plantation shutters. The staples should all extend through the louver by the same amount to ensure your shutters function as they should Manipulate the tilt rod so that the louvers are open, and maneuver the louver that is missing a staple so that the staple holes are facing the tilt rod. Roll the tilt rod gently from side to side, until you get to it to a position that allows you to access the staple holes with a pair of needle-nosed pliers.
Grab a replacement staple with the pliers dab some Super glue on to the ends of the staple then gently push the staple through the original staple holes in the tilt rod and in the louver. Make sure that the staple is straight as you thread it through. Open the plantation shutters shutter panel so you can get access to its back. Position the louver so that the staple holes in it are no longer facing the tilt rod. Grab another staple with the pliers add some super glue; gently maneuver the staple into the holes .Check if your plantation shutters have metal strips attached to the tilt rod (not all do). If the strip is twisted or broken or the eyelet is missing, you will need to replace the tilt rod. If the eyelet portion is just a little bent, then gently grasp it with the pliers, and firmly but gently bend it away from the tilt rod, and put it back into the correct position. Manipulate the louver back towards the tilt rod and close the eyelet with the pliers.
Louvers on Plantation Shutters Will Not Remain open
Another common issue often encountered with plantation shutters is that the louvers will not stay open A very simple problem that you can fix yourself with just a screw driver and a utility knife and a few tension washers if you know how.
When the louvers of a plantation shutter are moved, in to a particular selected position you expect and desire that they stay there . But sometimes this is not the case because of the combined effect of the weight of the guide or tilt rod coupled with the natural effects of gravity what naturally occurs would be for the louvers to rotate downward and close. But To prevent this, shutter manufacturers utilize several different ways of placing tension on the louvers. If your louvers will not stay open then what ever method was employed on your particular shutters has ceased to function and needs maintenance,
1) Check your shutters to see if they were constructed using tension adjustment screws. If your shutter was made with tension screws, you will find them located on the outside of each stile housed in a small recess. Turn the screws clockwise, by doing this you pull the louvers closer in towards the stile. This creates friction between the stile and louver the plantation shutters louvers should now stay where they are positioned.
2) If your plantation shutters were not manufactured with tension screws then inspect the joints between the Rails and Stiles. Improper joint connections can cause the panel to fall apart losing the built in tension with which it was first constructed If you discover the Rails and Stiles are separating at their joints, then you need to add panel screws that will facilitate the reattachment of the Rails and Stiles.
Clamp the Rail and Stiles into the correct position, making certain that the shutter panel is square, and that all louvers function as they should .Holes should be pre-drilled, using a very small drill bit approx 1/8″ should do. The holes should be made on the out side of each stile adjacent to the Rail, keep the drill parallel with the Rail and square with the Stile. Screw the rail and stile firmly together. At least two panel screws should be used for each corner that appears to be coming adrift. The second screw should be situated below the first, not side by side with it.
3) If the joints appear to be in good shape, then the next thing you can check is the gap between all the louvers and the two stiles. By inserting tension washers into this gap, you can increase the amount of tension in the shutter panel, and your louvers should now stay open. First cut a notch in one of the tension washers as indicated below then choose a shutter louver that has a gap just a little smaller than the thickness of the washer. Push the tension washer over the Louver Pin to fill the gap between the Louver and Stile. Keep adding tension washers to other louvers until sufficient tension is created so that the louvers falling down.
There are several repair kits available for plantation shutters on line that come with all the necessary bits and pieces particular to what ever shutter repair issue you are dealing with , in most cases with easy to follow instructions , containing photographs and or diagrams ,detailing how the repair is carried out These kits are designed for the average homeowner to use , no special tools or knowledge is required. The average home owner can effect all repairs that plantation shutters will ever need without having to hire an expensive repair guy.