Ordering Shutter Staples:
Size does matter.
When replacing shutter staples it is important to choose the correct size. This will allow you to insert the shutter staple into the existing shutter staple holes.
Shutter staples come in two basic widths, and a variety of lengths (depicted above). They are easy to install and can be ordered online.
Replacing shutter staples is an easy do it yourself task that takes minutes to perform and does not require any special skills or tools. When ordering replacement shutter staples most suppliers include easy to read instructions on the best way to replace shutter staples.
A common problem is missing shutter staples in louvers. Inspect the are around the shutter staple holes for any damage. Damaged louvers should be replaced by ordering a louver replacement kit.
Determine the size of the replacement staple you should use. The correct size staple, when inserted into the existing staple holes of your louver should protrude approximately the same distance as the rest of the shutter staples in the other louvers in order to maintain proper function of your shutters. If your tilt rod contains an embedded metal strip with eyelets that attach to your louver staple, please skip to the next paragraph for instructions on how to attach/detach the louver staple from the tilt rod. If your tilt rod contains shutter staples, then move your tilt rod and position your louvers in the full open position. Position the louver that is missing its staple so that the shutter staple holes in the leading edge of the louver face the tilt rod. With the louvers in the full open position, gently roll the tilt rod to the right, then to the left. Select the side that gives you the best access to the shutter staple holes in your louver. Using your needle nose pliers, grasp the shutter staple at the crown. Place a small drop of superglue (GEL) on both end of the staple. With the tilt rod rolled to one side as described above, thread the shutter staple through the tilt rod staple, and then into the two holes in the louver. It is important to push the shutter staple straight in. Take your time, and do not force the staple.
Open the shutter panel to gain access to back side. Rotate the louver so the shutter staple holes in louver are facing away from tilt rod. Using your needle nose pliers, grasp the shutter staple at the crown. Place a small drop of superglue (GEL) on both end of the shutter staple. Push it into the two holes in the louver. It may be necessary to hold the back side of louver so as to apply back pressure to the louver. It is important to push the shutter staple straight in. Take your time, and do not force it. First examine the metal strip that is embedded in the tilt rod and ensure that it is not damaged. If any eyelet is missing, or the strip is damaged, replace the tilt rod. Use your needle nose pliers and grasp the bottom of the eyelet and gently bend it away from the tilt rod. Open the eyelet just enough to either connect or disconnect louver. Bending the eyelet too far or frequently will cause it to break so be gentle! Rotate the louver back towards tilt rod. Move louver staple under opened eyelet. Using your needle nose pliers gently close the eyelet.
Determine the size of the replacement shutter staple you should use. The correct size shutter staple, when inserted into the existing staple holes in your tilt rod, should protrude approximately the same as the other shutter staples in the tilt rod in order to maintain proper function of your shutters. Be sure not to select a shutter staple that is too long. A shutter staple that is too long can break through the front of the tilt rod before its desired position is attained. To attach a louver to the tilt rod, position the tilt rod so all louvers are tilted up or down approximately 45 degrees. Using your needle nose pliers, grasp the replacement shutter staple at its crown. Using your other hand, hold the tilt rod in position to receive the shutter staple. Enter the panel from behind with your needle nose pliers containing the replacement shutter staple. Thread the leg of the replacement shutter staple through the shutter staple in the louver, then into the existing shutter staple holes in your tilt rod. Push the shutter staple into the tilt rod approximately 1/8". At this point you may want to place a small amount of super glue on the shutter staple legs prior to fully inserting it.