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Forum topic by AandCstyle posted 01-10-2017 10:38 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2017 10:38 PM

Today, I installed my latest batch of shutters. One shutter refuses to fold in so that it is parallel with the window, It is 15” wide and wants to be about 1” out from where it should be. The hinges don’t appear to be binding and are as close to being in line as I am able to determine. The shutter isn’t hitting anyplace. I replaced the hinges and the issue persisted. The shutter can be forced into place, but springs back when left to its own devices. I have installed over more than 30 shutters and this is the first that has given me grief. How do I fix this? Thanks for any suggestions.

-- Art

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 10:52 PM

If I am reading you right, It could be that the surface you are mounting the hinges to is not 90 degree to the window. If it is say 94 degrees, the shutter would do as you are explaining. You may have to put a shim under the outer must point of the hinges to bring it in.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 11:47 PM

Thanks, Steve, I will check that.

-- Art

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#3 posted 01-10-2017 11:58 PM

Hang in there. Don’t come unhinged over this.

Sorry, had to….

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#4 posted 01-10-2017 11:59 PM

There is one in every crowd….... :D

-- Art

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#5 posted 01-11-2017 02:54 PM

Coming late and not sure you’ve found a solution yet, but I’ll throw my 2 cents in.
My guess and basing it on that you’re mounting the hinges to the extension jambs of the windows,
Is, that the extension jamb is not at a 90 to the wall/window, try loosening the mounting screws and sliding a shim behind the hinge, just enough to bring it to square. Cardboard works best.
If you feel ambitious you can try finessing the extension jamb back to square with well place “wacks” with a hammer and block of wood.
PS, I’ve trimmed-out 1000s of windows and there’s only a couple nails that hold an extension in place, not hard wacks but slight nugges just to see if it moves.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 01-11-2017 02:57 PM

If it is that your jambs aren’t 90, you may be able to file a little bit of an angle on your shutters behind the hinge.

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#7 posted 01-11-2017 10:44 PM

Thanks for the responses! I was able to put a shim behind the hinges and that fixed it. :)

-- Art

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