Shutter magnets provide a means for keeping your shutter panels closed and secure. They come in a number of different styles and colors. Here you will find a description of the styles, their function, and some recommendations on where to find shutter your magnets.
Shutter magnets consist of basically two parts. The shutter magnet, and a strike plate. In addition, you should receive two Pan Head screws to mount the shutter magnet, and one Flat Head screw for mounting the strike plate.
Magnets are housed in a plastic casing which provides a means for attaching it to your window sill or shutter frame. Pan Head screws should be used to attach your shutter magnet using the elongated holes on either end of the magnet casing. The elongated holes allow for minor back and forth adjustment of your shutter magnet position after it is installed.
The strike plate is a piece of metal approximately 1.25" wide by .75" tall. It has a screw hole located top/center used for attaching it to your panel. Note that the hole is tapered on one side. This allows the top surface of the Flat Head screw to sit flush with the strike plate once installed. Strike plates are offered in a few different finishes that will help them blend into the shutter, or match your existing shutter hardware.
Shutter magnets with brown plastic casing usually have a bronze strike plate with matching bronze screws. Shutter magnets with white plastic casing can be purchased with either brass, white, or silver strike plates and matching screws.
Shutter magnets come in 4 different strengths. Strengths of the most common shutter magnets are listed by Pull Weights of 8 lbs., 12 lbs., 13 lbs., and 25 lbs.
Larger shutter panels require stronger shutter magnets. The 13 lb. Pull are the most popular shutter magnets used by most.
If you are attaching shutter magnets to window sills that are bull nosed, it may be necessary to utilize a shutter magnet that extends to engage strike plate (see diagram).
The shutter magnet is attached to the window sill, and or the shutter frame. Determine the location you want to place the shutter magnet.
For single panels, install two magnets approximately four inches below and above the upper and lower corners of the unhinged side of frame.
For two panels, install either two single or one double shutter magnet to the upper section of frame. It may be necessary for panel stability to also do the same for the bottom of the shutter panel. These would be attached to the shutter frame, or the window sill if no frame is present.
For bi-folded it may be necessary to include one more step. Even thought the center panels are secured by the shutter magnets, sometimes the outboard panels have a tendency to sway out. A single magnet installed adjacent to outboard stile of every other panel will prevent this problem.
I you look at the strike plate, you will notice two dimples each adjacent to the screw hole. These dimples will allow you to accurately install the strike plate.
Place the strike plate on the magnet with the dimples facing away from the shutter magnet and towards the shutter stile. Now close the shutter panel and push it into the strike plate. Open the shutter. You should now see two dimple marks on the shutter stile. Simply place the strike plate on the stile until the dimples on the plate line up with those on the stile. Attach the plate to the stile.
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