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Installation Instructions for Z Frame

Norman Shutters Installation Instructions

4 Sided Z Frame

(Inside Mount - 2 panel)


Recommended Tools: Nail Gun or Drill, Tape Measure, Torpedo Level, Box Knife, 6" Philips head driver

e sure ITEM# (In Red) matches on both panel box and frame box. Each window will have 1 box for shutter panels and 1 box for frames.


• Do not dispose of packaging until the shutters are operating appropriately.

• Use of a moving blanket or drop cloth is recommended.

• Find ample working space to assemble your frame (preferably in front of the window).

• Check the diagram to make sure you have all the parts indicated for an appropriate installation.

hoffman hinge

Installation Steps

1. Carefully remove panels and frames from the packaging. Do not mix panels or frames from other windows. All frame pieces are labeled (top, bottom, right, left).

frame pieces

2. Set all frames on floor face up.

inner area window

3. Position the left frame and the top frame onto a flat surface (small wood block is recommended to prevent damage to floor and to ensure a flush fit by the Hoffman Key) and line up the Hoffman key.

hoffman key found

Tip: The Hoffman Key has a rounded and a flat side to it. The rounded side goes in face up.

Repeat step 3 for remaining corners to complete the 4 sided assembly.

If not installing with T-POST, skip to Step 5.

4. The top and bottom of the t-post are labeled. Locate and identify.

t post

e up the pre-drilled holes with the top and bottom frame and secure with screws provided.

pre drilled

All Z-Frame T-Post installations are exactly alike.

5. If SCREWS will be used, PRE-DRILL in the top left and right frame, bottom left and right frame, and in the middle of the top and bottom frame before bringing the frame onto the window.

screws pre drill

Tip: Use a counter sink bit for best results.

6. Position the assembled frame evenly into the window opening by using a tape measure and shims.

measure shims

7. Once you have evenly spaced the frame into the window opening, secure with a nail/screw (pre-drill) into the upper left frame ONLY. Shutter will be fully secured in later steps.

nail screw

8. Once the left side is secured, level the frame on the window and secure with a nail/screw (pre-drill) into upper right frame. Shutter will be fully secured in later steps.

upper right frame

9. With the top right and left frame secured, place the left shutter panel in the frame and slide into position. Insert the hinge pins into hinges.

frame position

insert top hinge pin

10. Place the right shutter panel(s) in the frame, slide into position, insert hinge pins into hinges.

insert hinge pins

11. Once panels have been positioned and secured with the hinge pins, make sure shutter panels are even across the top and bottom. If panels are not even, shift (rack) your frame left to right until your reveal is even.

positioned secured with hinge

12. Once the panels are lined up, nail/screw at the bottom of the left frame below the hinge.

lined up nail screw


13. After securing the bottom left, secure with a nail or screw at the bottom right.

securing screw left right

TIP: Step away from the window and open louvers to make sure shutter is evenly positioned to window.

Things to look for: Window mullions, sectioned glass with shutter lines of stile or louvers.

14. Check gaps between panels and adjust accordingly with hinge spacers provided if needed.

check gaps

15. Once reveal (gap between the panel and the frame) is aligned, secure the top and bottom frame.

gap between panel frame

Tip: Move top & bottom frame up and down to achieve proper tolerance between panel and frame.

Tip: Move side frames in and out to achieve proper tolerance between panel and frame.

16. After the top and bottom frame are secured, check that the shutter operates properly. Secure the shutter by installing additional nails/screws (pre-drill) to all sides of the frame of the shutter.

Tip: It is recommended to apply 2 nails or screws for every hinge, and 1 nail or screw between hinges.

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