How to install exterior shutter hinges

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How to install exterior shutter hinges
Hold shutters in position to mark the location for hinges. (wooden shutters image by Charles Taylor from

Exterior shutters can be mounted to be either functioning or stationary. Stationary shutters are simply screwed in place through the shutter. Functioning shutters are attached to hinges installed on the wall next to the window. Although the process is the same, slightly different mounting hardware is required for solid masonry surfaces, such as brick or concrete, and hollow-core surfaces, such as stucco or siding.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Sleeve anchors (masonry mount)
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Straw (masonry mount)
  • Drill bit (hollow-surface mount)
  • Hollow surface anchor (hollow-surface mount)

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  1. 1

    Attach the hinges to the shutter at the location required for the chosen hinge style.

  2. 2

    Hold the shutter in the closed position against the window. Place a level on the side of the shutter to be sure the shutter is plumb.

  3. 3

    Insert the pintle into the shutter hinge with the pintle pointing up. Using a pencil or marker, mark the location of the mounting holes in the pintle on the exterior wall. Remove the shutter.

  4. 4

    Insert a masonry drill bit the size required for the chosen sleeve anchor into a drill for a solid surface mount. Use the appropriate-sized common drill bit for a hollow-surface mount. Drill a hole at the location for each hinge screw hole in the exterior wall. Use a straw to blow the dust out of the holes.

  5. 5

    Place the appropriate anchor in each hole and tap each into position with a hammer.

  6. 6

    Insert the hinge screws through the screw holes in the hinges and into the anchor in the exterior wall. Tighten with a screwdriver.

  7. 7

    Align the hinges on the shutters with the pintle on the exterior wall.

Tips and warnings

  • Two people are required to complete this project safely.
  • Wear safety glasses or goggles while drilling to protect eyes.

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