How to Repair a Stuck Wooden Shutter Louver

What You'll Need
Shutter staples
Utility knife
Vise grip
A pair of nose pliers
Super glue gel

Louvers on a wooden shutter are held in place by a tilt bar or rod, which allows them to move in unison. They are joined together using staples. When opening or closing a window, a louver can get stuck and work out of sync with other pieces. Such faults can be repaired at home and restore the proper functioning of the wooden shutter.

Step 1 – Inspect the Wooden Shutter

Try and gently nudge the stuck louver to see if it will move. Tilt the rod and try to position the slats in both open and closed position. Make different motions so as to get louvers going in different directions. If this fails, a repair may be in order.

Get necessary materials such as super glue gel, and shutter staples. Remove a staple from the frame to determine the correct size to buy. Another idea is to measure the louver and order an installation kit.

Step 2 – Detach Louver from Wooden Shutter

Open the shutter so that louvers are in the full open position. Gently tilt the rod to the right and then to the left. Locate the best position that makes it easy to remove staples on the particular louver.

Use wire-snips to cut the staple at the center of the crown. Spread it to the sides so that it disconnects from the tilt rod and remove the window blind panel. Get a sharp knife and cut the pin found between the slat and stile using a downward motion. This releases the slat.  Remove it from the panel and place it on a clean surface.

To remove the remaining bits of slat staple, use a vise grip to pull them out of the wooden frame.

Step 3 – Replace Slat

Take a look at the slat and determine whether it can be reinstalled. Since the problem was just that it could not move, consider putting it back. It will save time and cost and there is no need to prep. Sand and paint the slat again.

Position the tilt rod so that all slats are opened widely. Take the nylon pin and insert it in the hole found in the slat. Find the pinhole in the stile and insert the wider part of the spring loaded replacement pin into the hole. Position the wider end of the nylon pin into the hole opposite the spring loaded pin. It should be able to go all the way inside the stile.

 Step 4 – Fix Louver

However, if this is not possible, use a ¼-inch drill bit to widen the hole in the stile. This should comfortably accommodate the nylon pin. Move the slat over the stile while pushing back the spring-loaded louver pin; make sure the pins fits in properly in the hole located in the slat.