When putting up shutters, the key is to have good, sturdy hardware. Look for pressure-treated wood shutters for exterior use. To have operable shutters, the shutter dogs and hinges need to be sturdy. After marking the location for the hinges, drill pilot holes for the screws. Then screw the hinges and other hardware in place. Hang your shutters and test the fit.
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