00:52 – Shutters are pre-tensioned when installed
01:15 – Louvres may naturally lose their tension
01:40 – Louvres are held in place by a tension screw
02:01 – You can use a phillips head tensioning screw to adjust the tension
02:45 – Jason shows how to adjust the tension of your louvres
02:52 – Clockwise to tighten the tension and anti-clockwise to loosen
03:58 – Over tightening can cause damage
04:00 – Blades stay in place with the right tension
Today we’re going to look at how to tighten the tension in the louvres of a plantation shutter. It’s quite simple to do once you know how to do it. Now, this here, is a display sample. Of course, normally, the shutter will be mounted in the window with hinges. But for demonstration purposes today, I have a hand sample here to make this job just a little bit easier to film.
Louvres Initially Set to a Tension that is Tight Enough
As you can see, we have the louvres at the top which open and shut. Now when you’re beautiful shutters are installed, these are generally set to a tension that is tight enough but still easy to move as the louvres will fall down from gravity by themselves. Overtime, these louvres, they can and usually will begin to come loose to the point that they will just start to fall down on gravity by themselves and they won’t hold their position. The wider your louvres and the taller your shutter the more likely it is to happen because you have more weight in the overall louvres acting on the pivot points.
Louvres are Held in Place by Tension Screw
Each section of louvres is held in place with a tension screw on the middle louvre. As you can see here, we have a hole here on the left hand side and on the right hand side. Now, in those holes, there is a Phillip screw head which we can turn to adjust the tension. Some shutters may only have a screw on one side and some cheaper shutters may not have any screws at all to adjust the tension but generally they do. Also, you might find that the hole here is generally covered with a little plastic plug. If that’s the case, you just need to move that little plug out.
Clockwise to Tighten and Anti-Clockwise to Loosen
So here we have our louvres, which at the moment, are fairly easy to turn and are not overly loose. If you are finding though that they have become too loose, it’s simply a matter of getting a Phillip screwdriver that will fit in the hole and turning the screw clockwise to tighten or counter clockwise to loosen so all this needs is a few turn to tighten it up. Now, depending on how loose it is, you may only have to turn the screw half-a-turn or quarter-a-turn, probably no more than two turns. Initially, here, I have to do more than two turns because I’ve had them screwed to make them really loose. Now, at the moment you can see that it’s really stiff. I’m struggling to move it. That’s not what we want. If they are overly tight, it can cause damage to blades. So I will loosen it up by half a turn on either side and there we go. So as you can see, we’ve adjusted the screws or a full-turn in to tighten the blades. Half a turn or full-turn out to loosen the blades. You just need to feel it and adjust it. As you can see now, these are just the right tension that I was saying the position I require without falling down on their own. So that is how you tighten the louvres on a plantation shutter.
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