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Tilt Rod Replacement Kit Measurements

Posted by Shutter Medic® on 3/22/2017

Our Replacement Tilt Rod Kits are designed for Wood Plantation Shutters.  Our kits will not work on hollow Vinyl or Plastic shutters.

When ordering Replacement Tilt Rods it is important to note that there are no standard one size fits all kit.

The Dimensions of Tilt Rods vary from one manufacturer to an another.

Because of this, it will be necessary to make a few simple measurements so we can fabricate an exact replacement for your wood shutters.

Since this item is custom made to order and is not returnable some customers simply do not feel comfortable measuring.  We understand.  If you prefer, you may send us your damaged Tilt Rod and place the responsibility on us to do the measuring. You can send it, along with your contact information to: 

SHUTTER MEDIC®, 7742 SPALDING DR, SUITE 132, NORCROSS, GA 30092-4207

Before you begin you should get something to write on for recording your measurements and a tape measure.

Now, let’s go through each question as they appear on the order page .


LENGTH

Determine the overall length of the Tilt Rod. Measure from the top to the bottom of the Tilt Rod.


WIDTH

Determine the width of the Tilt Rod.  There are a couple of different ways to take this measurement.

One method is to open the shutter panel and louvers.  Place the Tape Measure behind the Tilt Rod and take the measurement from behind the shutter looking through the louvers.

The other method is to place a piece of paper behind the Tilt Rod. Using a pencil, transfer the left and right edges of the Tilt Rod to the paper. Determine the width by measuring between the two lines on the paper.


DEPTH

The depth of the Tilt Rod is the distance from the front to the back of the Tilt Rod.  When taking this measurement, it is important to note that the front of the Tilt Rod is rounded.  Your measurement should start from the back of the 

Tilt Rod and terminate at the very top of the curve on the front of the Tilt Rod.


DISTANCE FROM TOP OF TILT ROD TO CENTER OF FIRST STAPLE.

We need to know where to start the first Tilt Rod Staple.  Measure the distance from the top of the Tilt Rod to the center of the very first staple.


DISTANCE ON CENTER

This measurement seems to raise the most questions.  Simply put, we need to know how far to separate each staple on the Tilt Rod.  Pick any two staples that are adjacent to each other.  Measure from the center of one staple to the center of the adjacent staple.


SELECT FINISH

You may order your Replacement Tilt Rod Kit in two different finishes, either in Raw Wood or Primed.  

If your shutters are stained, then you will want to order your kit in “Raw Wood”.  We will include a piece of scrap wood with your order so you can test your stain before applying it to your Tilt Rod.

If your Plantation Shutter is painted, then you will want to order your kit “Primed Ready to Paint”.  We will prime your Tilt Rod in a white pigmented primer at no extra charge.  Please note that primer is not paint.  Primer is designed to adhere to wood and contains high levels of solids to fill wood grain and create a smooth surface for your paint coat.


ENDS

Take a look at the very top and bottom of your Tilt Rod. Some manufacturers will simply cut the Tilt Rod to length and leave it with a squared off end.  

Others will round over the end(s) after cutting. Combinations can also exist, for instance the top can be rounded over and the bottom cut flat.


HOW MANY LOUVERS ATTACHED TO OLD TILT ROD

Count and enter the number of louvers attached to the Tilt Rod.  

This entry will allow us to determine whether the total number of louver will fit on a Tilt Rod with the length and distance on center you provided. 

Before processing your order, we will check your measurements against this entry.