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vinyl shutters with shutter spikes
masonry bit for mortar
Exterior vinyl shutters can add instant curb appeal to a home.
Start by holding the shutter beside the window to determine the best location.
Shutters should be evenly spaced beside windows and as close to the openings as possible.
If the windowsill slopes, leave a 1/4-inch gap between the sill and the bottom of the shutter to allow for drainage.
Tip: You can nail shutters directly to the exterior of your home.
Sinking shutter spikes into mortar is much easier than sinking into brick. To find the right mortar joint, hold the shutter in place and measure 3 to 5 inches down from the top.
Snap a chalk line through the joint and across the window to the matching joint on the other side.
Measure the same distance from the top and bottom of the shutter. Large shutters require additional screws evenly spaced between top and bottom.
Drill holes in the centers of the side rails.
Back on the wall, measure and mark the position of the spike holes in the joints.
Using a masonry bit, drill holes in the mortar.
Tip: Hole depth should be the length of the spike plus the depth of the shutter.
Reposition the shutter beside the window and drive in the shutter spikes with a hammer.
Tip: Plain water will wash off any visible chalk lines.
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