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Re: Removing Shutters to paint

Posted By: Phil
Thursday, 28 June 2001, at 10:58 a.m.

In Response To: Removing Shutters to paint (Charlotte Savoy)

If your shutters are of the old wooden types, There are four screws at each corner of the shutter securing it to the wall. The screws were screwed into the wood so that the heads are below the wood surface. Wood filler was then used to fill the holes and hide the screw heads. With newer vinyl shutters, the shutters are snapped onto metal clips screwed to the walls. To remove vinyl shutters, you simply pull the shutters up and off the clips. Each vinyl shutters manufacturer has its own kind of clips. Some clips require that the shutters be slided out laterally and off the clips. To remove old wooden shutters that are secured to the wall with hidden screws is a little bit tricky. If you want to reuse the shutters, you have to clear the wood filler from the holes and locate the screws. You can use a magnetic-type wall stud finder to locate nails or screws. Once the screws are found, then you can use a screwdriver to remove the screws. If you don't want to reuse the old wooden shutters, just pull the shutters off the wall with a crowbar. I did not want to go thru the hassle of repainting my old shutters, so I pulled them off the wall and replaced them with vinyl shutters.

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