Installing Shutters into Brick

Installing shutters into brick is easy! For the most part, you can follow our general installation instructions. However, before you screw your frame into the wall, you will need to drill holes with a masonry drill bit and insert wall plugs. 

Remember to check that the drill bit and wall plugs match the screws that come with your shutter.  Generally, you should drill a hole that is slightly larger than the width of the item you place in the hole. Drilling into masonry requires a large power drill because of the density of the material you are drilling. If you do not have a large, powerful drill, consider renting one.

PREPARATION

Before getting started, make sure you have the tools that you need:

  • Cordless drill
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Wall plugs
  • Phillips head screwdriver 
  • Stanley Knife
  • Leveler
  • A step ladder if necessary 

ORGANISING YOUR SHUTTERS

Find an open space on the floor where you can unpack and assemble your shutters, ideally in front of the window. Shutters usually come in at least two boxes - a smaller box with the frame, and a larger box that contains up to two shutter panels.

Look for the red tape on your boxes. This marks where your hardware (mounting screws, hinge pins, locking screws, and hinge packers) have been packed. Open your box by cutting carefully along the tape with a knife and removing the packaging.

Set your panels aside and look at your frame. The frame comes in 4 pieces and is labelled left, right, top and bottom. Lay each piece on the floor mirroring how you will lift the frame onto the window. If you’re using a Z frame with a sill, your bottom frame needs to be screwed on. Depending on the design of your shutters, you may also need to install a T post. The top and bottom of your T post will be labelled - in this case, “B” for bottom. 

INSERTING YOUR FRAME

Once you’ve assembled your frame, lift it into the window and place it in position. 

You will find that your frames have been pre-drilled with holes. You will want to make a mark on your window so you can drill pilot holes in the correct position. The pre-drilled holes in your frame are quite small, so you may want to grab an extra skinny pencil (or even your drill) and lightly mark the drill points on your wall before removing your frame.

Now that you've marked the holes, remove you frame and grab your masonry drill bit. Carefully drill your holes, making sure there is enough depth to insert wall plugs. Next, insert your wall plugs.

securing YOUR FRAME

You need to temporarily fix it into place by using the pre drilled mounting holes to screw in the top of the frame. Frames can be heavy and the top left and right screws support the corners. Don’t completely tighten these screws yet.

With your frame mounted, time to put in your shutters. Your shutters come with hinges already attached. You’ll find the matching half of the hinge attached to the frame.

Work left to right and lift your panels into place. Drop in the hinge pins to lock you shutters in place.

Before screwing in the rest of your frame, look at your shutters and adjust left and right so that your panels line up.

Your panels are rigid, but your frame is not until it is fixed in place. You can flex your frame slightly to get your shutters to sit perfectly square.

Make any necessary adjustments and once you’re happy, fix the frame in place by tightening the screws and using the rest of the predrilled holes. The perfect shutter may sometimes require some fine tuning. To move a panel slightly up or down, loosen the hinge screws. Once you’re happy with the position, screw in the locking screw.

Hinge packers also allow fine adjustment. Loosen the panel screws and slide in behind the hinge.

The final step is to insert your screw caps.

And if you’ve chosen an L frame, for a truly professional look, you may want to fill any gap around the frame.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Your shutters are installed and ready to use!

If you’re having any difficulties installing your shutters, you’ll find helpful guides and lots more help on our website. However don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can help with info@shuttersdept.com.au and 1300 161 650. 

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Gil Baker
By: Gil Baker Published: 28 Mar 2019