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Lower the hinge sections on the shutter onto the hinge sections secured to the frame. The shutter should easily slide into place when the hinges are correctly aligned. Check that the shutters open and close smoothly.
Position the tie-backs. Open the shutters to get the right level, then make sure you will be able to reach them from inside. Screw into place. Drill pilot holes and plug if necessary (Image 1).
Check that the tie-backs operate smoothly and make any adjustments as required (Image 2).
Exterior roll-down security shutters are available. These are often motorized and can be easily operated from inside the home. The modern, unobtrusive designs also offer excellent heat and sound insulation. If you wish to fit security shutters, seek advice from a manufacturer. They will usually measure the window for you, then make and install them to your exact specifications.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement
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