How to Replace Magnet Latches for Interior Window Shutters
Over time, you will find yourself needing to replace the magnetic latches on your wooden interior shutters. Whether your latches have cracked from the shutters being slammed shut or your window frame has warped from the weather, you will replace the magnetic latches in the same way. This is a quick fix that will have you wondering why you didn’t do it before!
Step 1 – Buy Proper Latches
Although they may all seem the same, magnetic latches come in different shapes and sizes. For your new latches to work properly, they need to be similar to the ones you are removing. Take an old latch to the hardware store with you to ensure you get the right ones.
Step 2 – Remove Old Latches
Remove the old latches with a screw driver. Always work left-to-right and top-to-bottom to make sure you don’t miss any. Compare the old latches to the new ones to make sure you have the right kind.
Step 3 – Install New Latches
Most magnetic latches will come with their own hardware; if not then use the screws from the old latches. Whenever possible, screw into pre-existing holes. Work in the same direction as removing the old latches to make sure you install all that are needed.
Step 4 – Repositioning Latches
If your new latches are larger or smaller than the old ones, you will need to reposition them to be able to attach the latches to the window frame. Never move the latch position more than 1 inch in any direction. Pre-drill your screw holes and fill in the old holes with wood filler that is a similar colour to your trim.