You can’t understate the importance of window blinds in controlling light and privacy in your home. This item which acts as a window regulator to enable you to control the amount of light you let into your house during the day. Also, window blinds help give you the privacy you need when within your home.
Window blinds are prone to wear and tear. It is natural for you to decide to change it once this occurs, but there is a better way.
The better way of managing the issue of window blind wear and tear is to know how to repair window blinds on your own. That way you don’t need to pay a window blind repairer to come fix it, thus saving you more money. Now let’s show you how to fix window blinds.
How to Fix Vertical Blinds
Vanes are the blades that make up the window blinds. To detach a vane that is out of alignment, you need a flat object, like a bread knife. Slip the bread knife or any other flat item onto the side of the vane holder with hooks. Pull the vane and bread knife out of the vane holder by sliding down.
Putting Back Vanes
Detach the vane from the carrier. Having removed it, you would notice a rectangular hole on the carrier body. This hole is the point of attachment of the vane’s base to the carrier.
To fix this vane and ensure it works properly, you will need a string. When you get it, run the piece of string into the base to ensure it holds appropriately.
Place the down part you removed on the rectangular hole, ensure they both align appropriately. Afterward, push it into the hole.
To reattach the vane, you need to fix the blind tilt mechanism, so that you’ll align all the bases properly. To do this, rotate them so that they align with the one you just fixed. Then holding both ends of the string you attached to the base, pull downward. This approach will help move the base back into its position of operation.
Cord Too Long
Within the headrail, the cord usually ends in a knot. To remove the excess of it, grab the vane carrier, and pull the cord until you attain your desired cord height. With it at your desired height, knot it at that point.
Before cutting off the excess cord, work the controls to ensure that the blinds is hitch-free. Ensure that its knot is tight. If these conditions are satisfied, cut it below the knot, leaving a gap of ½”.
Removing Spaces between Adjacent Blinds
Having spaces between slides sometimes hinder the purpose of the whole system. To ensure that there are no spaces are between the slides, you will need to overlap. The openings are due to the spacer tubes within the headrail.
To remove spaces, place the headrails with non-control ends in contact with each other and then remove the spacer tubes. You can take out the space tubes using an object with an edge, like a screwdriver.
How to Repair Blinds Made From Wood/Synthetic Wood Blinds
Difficulty in Lowering Blind Slats
This problem is usually associated with the cord lock. There are two ways of solving this problem. First, by releasing the cord lock and lifting it, so it’s level with the headrail and then pulling it gently.
If the problem persists, take out the blinds from the window. Open the headrail and find the cord-lock mechanism. This item is the mechanism that the lifted cord passes through. To release cord, use a screwdriver to turn the pin on the cord lock 90 degrees to the headrail and push the pin.
Difficulty in Tilting Blind Slats
Sometimes the slats stay in place when you try tilting it using its mechanism. Such a problem usually happens when the tilt rod gets detached from its mechanism. The point of attachment of the tilt rod is within the headrail. Detachment usually occurs because of poor handling of transit.
To repair this, take the blind off the window. Open the headrail. Within it, you will see a metal rod and a tilt mechanism at the end of the rail.
Push the end of the rod gently back into the hole in the tilt mechanism gently. To prevent this from happening with a short period, make sure the rod goes incorrectly. After that, you can now reattach your window blind.
Changing a Tilter
If your tilter is faulty, you need to fix the blind tilt mechanism. First, bring down the window blind, depending on your mini blind tilt mechanism, remove the tassels or wand.
Afterward, pull out the end cap of the headrail. With the end cap out, you should pull out the tilt rod within the headrail just enough so the tilter comes out.
Change the tilter and push the tilter until it moves back into its place. You should try to work the tilter shaft making sure that the flat part of the rod aligns with the flat part of the tilter.
If it is cold tilt, ensure that the tassels align when the blind is open. Reattach tassel and end cap after ensuring that the rod seats well within the headrail.
How to Repair Blinds Made with Aluminum
Difficulty Lowering Slats
When you want to fix blinds that are stuck, check the cord lock it is immovable. You can fix this challenge by lifting the cord, so it becomes level with the headrail and pulling gently. This approach usually helps to release the cord-lock.
If this does not work, take down the window blind and find the cord lock mechanism. After that, to release the cord, use a screwdriver to turn the pin on the cord lock 900 to the headrail and push the pin. Do this carefully in order not to disturb the cord, especially in a single hung window.
Difficulty in Tilting or Turning Slats on Aluminum Blinds
A disconnected tilter is a common problem with Aluminum blind window guards. This issue happens when the tilt mechanism fails to control the tilt of the blinds. To reattach a disconnected tilter, you should do the following.
Turn the wand to the left while pulling gently on the ladder back string if the vanes are in a down position. You should do this if they are closed in a downward position before you separate the tilter.
Turn the wand to the right while pulling gently on the ladder front string if the vanes are in an upward position. You should do this if they are closed in an up position before you disconnect the tilter.
If the process above doesn’t fix it, then you might need to change your filter.
How to Change a Wand Tilter
Detach the wand from your window blinds after taking down the blind. Since the tilter is within the headrail, you should remove the endcap. Pull out the tilt rod just to the point of the tilter coming out.
Remove and replace the tilter. Press down on the tilter until it stays well.
Rotate the tilter shaft, ensuring that the flat portion of the tilter rod aligns with that of the tilter. Gently replace the road for a vertical window that won’t turn with the wand and cover the headrail using the end cap.
Joining or Changing the Blind String
First, remove the cap holding the ladder in place from the bottom rail. You will see the ends of the cords. Gently draw it out a little. When it is out, cut the old cord above the point where you tired it. Join the old and the new one together using a mild heating source.
Ensure that the welded joint is straight and smooth to ensure that you can pull up the chord smoothly. You can do all this while the blind is still attached to the window.
Pull the cord tassel gently from the side with the cord lock. The weld ensures that the new cord goes through the same path with the old one.
At any desired length, knot it at the bottom rail and cut off the extra part. You can repeat the process for other cords
Changing Broken Slats
First, detach the cap holding the ladder in place from the bottom rail. Afterward, you will see the ends of the cords. Gently draw them out a little. When they are out, cut the old one above the point where you tired it. Pull it up until the last spoilt slat is cleared.
Replace the slats with the new ones you got. Insert it and ensure that route holes align with the old slats present.
If there is alternating between the sides of the ladder, weave the cords down. Place it securely within its hole in the bottom rail and knot the cord.
Repairing the window blind is possible from the comfort of your home, with zero assistance. But it requires that you know the process how to fix window blinds properly.
This article gives you a good heads up for an easy DIY process. It provides a run-down of the kinds of challenges you could encounter and possible solutions. Are you looking at how to fix broken horizontal blind or any other type? A careful read through everything mentioned above will provide ideas on how to get it fixed.