How to Install Shutters On Block
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Howdy! Last week I shared how I made my Modern Shiplap Shutters. If you missed that one you can find it here, How to Make Modern Shiplap Shutters.
But let's get started getting these bad boys installed. To be honest I was real nervous about drilling into the block. But once I did a little research and had the right tools it was a breeze.
First I got to remove the old shutters. This was kinda fun and I might have screamed at some point! I used a pry bar to do this, because mine had these weird looking nails holding them in. What I found underneath was kinda gross. Lizards, lots of lizards!!! And dirt and what not. I used a wire brush to clean the area. Those shutters had been up since the house was built about 50 years ago!
Now the windows look naked!!! But just wait they are gonna be AWESOME!
New versus the old! Love the sleek horizontal lines of the new ones!
What You Will Need to Install:
- Two People!!! - Well at least it will be WAY easier with two people. One to hold and one to drill.
- Drill - preferably a hammer drill
- Masonary drill bit
- Masonary screws
- And your beautiful Modern Shiplap Shutters you just made!
You want to line up your shutters to the window. We built ours the same height as the window opening, so it was easy to line up. Pre-drill holes thru the shutter on the sides where the band is. You want the extra thickness and not a gap between the wood and the block, like what would be if you put a screw in the middle. We ended up using four screws, but it might have been overkill. Really depends on the style of your shutter and your block. We did four because our block is bumpy and we wanted to keep the shutters as flush to the wall as we could.
Here is the drill bit and anchors that we used. They worked really well! I have used Tapcon in the past and am a fan! (Not Sponsored)
So once you have the holes pre-drilled in the shutter, you hold the shutter in place. This is where we used the level. You could eye-balling, but I am not that great at it so we choose to use the level. Once you have it where you want it, the person who isn't holding it marks thru the holes in the wood with a marker and makes a dot on the block. You could also use the masonry bit to do this. Sorry I don't have picture of this because we both had our hands full.
Then take the shutter down and use those dots to pre-drill for your masonry screws. Very important to follow the instructions that come with the screws or the bit, sorry can't remember which it came with.... but need to pre-drill the hole longer than the screw that is going into it. If you don't you can strip the block and the screw won't hold. Don't ask me how I know.
Once holes are pre-drilled line your shutter back up and drill the masonry screw in! And just like that you installed your shutters in block!
Most masonry screws are blue, so you will see them. I had originally planned on countersinking the screws and plugging the holes with matching shutter material, but totally spaced that when it came time to install. So I just painted the blue screw heads with a sharpie and was done! I said I was going to go back and paint them, but 2 months later and that still hasn't happened. And I haven't once noticed. So don't think that will be happening anytime soon.
Oh, almost forgot! They are Awesome Oscar approved!
Hope hope this was helps you in installing your shutters on block. If I missed anything please free feel to leave a comment and I will get back you!
Now I just have to plan on when I can paint the house to match!!! Hopefully soon!
Thanks for following along and keep #BuildingAwesome!