01:52AM | 11/09/02
Member Since: 11/01/02
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Wooden Shutter Repair. I have custom wood louvered shutters. I don't know the type of wood as they are painted. The frames have bowed out so that the slats are literally falling out. The tiny staples which hold the slats to the control rod are also falling out. They are hinge mounted to interior windows. How can this be repaired?

Jay J

06:07AM | 11/09/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
HI goldy,

It's tough to say from here if they can be repaired.

Once the wood 'bows out', you have to wonder how you're going to get it 'straight' again. I have the feeling that 1) the paint is a dark paint, and 2) the shutters get LOTS of sun.

If my assumptions are correct, it could get VERY expensive to repair and/or replace them whenever you do so. I'm not saying that you shouldn't do either. I'm suggesting that you consider a high-quality vinyl that will take the weather 'abuse' that I'm assuming.

My home faces due South. The vinyl siding is white and the vinyl shutters are black. Both are of a high quality. There's no maintenance and they should last for a long, LONG time.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


04:29PM | 11/13/02
Member Since: 11/01/02
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Thanks for the prompt reply. The shutters are painted white and receive only average amounts of sun. I would really like to find a way to fix these rather than go to the expense of replacement with vinyl. I have just heard one solution that makes sense. Let me run it by you. Reinforce the upper and lower fixed panels by drilling through the vertical stiles into the panels and inserting dowels. Now, choose a slat near the middle and drill through the verticals and into that slat. Reinforce with dowel. Now glue and clamp. I realize this limits the motion of the slats but I think it could work. What do you think?
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