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Do More DIY in 2016

If doing more DIY, (do-it-yourself), projects and repairs is part of your agenda for the New Year, then these tips and tricks may help.

The Web is a great resource for all things DIY. If you need to learn how to do anything, or you need to find parts, materials, or get pricing, it’s all at your fingertips.  Entering the correct key words in a search engine like Google will usually produce dozens of relevant links to research. There are also many excellent video instructional channels on Youtube, which are devoted to providing information on all kinds of DIY projects.

Here are some good ones:

Fix My Blinds 

Of course, I’ll start with our channel first, which includes many window blind repair video’s such as restringing, replacing valance clips, tilt mechanisms, clutches, and taking down and rehanging various coverings.

Ron Hazelton – Home Improvement Online

Over 500 hundred free DIY ideas, tips, how-to’s, suggestions, and video tutorials available to help you turn your home improvement plans into finished projects.


Step-by-step video’s so you can successfully diagnose and fix your appliances with confidence.

Bob Vila

The Dean of Home Renovation & Repair Advice


Just a regular guy trying to show people how to fix or repair things on there own.

DIY PC Repairs

Helping home computer users carry out basic maintenance and problem troubleshooting on their computers.

Detail King

Detail King is one of the top Auto Detailing Product & Supplies provider, as well as Auto Detailing video’s.

Doing ‘DIY’ Repair Without Fighting With Your Spouse

When considering a Do-It-Yourself repair project, it’s good to take some time to access the project in terms of how it will affect the relationship with your better half. Let’s face it, DIY projects can be stressful, and they can also create tension in a relationship. Whether it be repairing window blinds, doing a plumbing repair, or replacing windshield wipers on your car – fixing anything is at least, a minor inconvenience, and at worst, a life interrupting hassle. To be sure, when it comes to approaching a project of any kind, it’s always good to understand that the people around us matter more than the ‘stuff’ that needs fixing.

Using a stereotypical husband and wife as an example, here are a few tips that will help make your next DIY repair a good experience:

  1. Get your significant other involved – For example, guys, if your wife is the one responsible for decorating, make sure she is good with the color and design of anything that would affect the decor.  And ladies, make sure your husband is involved when it comes to measurements, and any other specs that would affect fit and function.
  2. Agree on the cost – Make sure the costs of a repair are agreed upon before starting the project.  It’s not good when you get halfway into a project, only to realize it would have been cheaper to replace the item.
  3. Timing is everything – Know generally how long the project will take.
  4. Know your limits – This applies especially to guys – make sure you can do the project yourself before you commit. There is no shame in hiring a professional, and you will still be the hero.
  5. Don’t forget to enjoy the process – Life is not perfect. Things break and need repair, but people last forever. Make sure to enjoy the process by learning, laughing, and working together!

Choosing the Correct Replacement Roller Shade Clutch

When replacing a roller shade clutch, follow these steps to insure good fit and function. First, measure the outside diameter of the roller tube:

OD Tube Measure











Next, compare the existing clutch visually, then compare the sizes and the roller tube size to the description listed for the new clutch:

Clutch Measure











Take note of any splines or indentations in the interior of the roller tube that might interfere with the shaft of the roller shade clutch, like these:

Tube Indents











If the tube has those, a clutch that accommodates those will be needed, like this:

Clutch Splines











To purchase roller shade clutch parts, visit Fix My Blinds – Click Here.

Save Money Fixing Your Blinds

I’m often asked whether repairing a blind is ‘better’ than replacing. While this question is subjective, and based on each individual situation, blind repair is often times much more economical that replacement. Here are some real world cost estimates versus replacement:


The replacement estimate shown is based on discount online prices of a custom blind with no professional measuring or installation included. Certainly the choice of repairing or replacing will involve other considerations.  Sometimes it’s just time to replace blinds that are old. The blind industry seems to put a shelf life on blinds somewhere between 10 – 20 years, depending on wear, sun damage, and style, of course.  But as you can see, repairing is often the best economical choice between the two.

So, in my experience, and with a small investment of time viewing our online instruction, most people can easily accomplish the most common repairs and avoid buying a whole new blind.

Honeycomb Shade String by Brand Guide

Fix My Blinds has a guide that identifies the string your cellular / honeycomb shade needs based on brand – Click Here.


It’s important to indentify the exact string diameter you need before restringing your shade. If you have any doubts, please follow our

‘How to Measure String Diameter’ video:

How to Search the Internet for Repair Parts

Being able to search the Internet for repair parts for blinds, or any other repairable item is essential to finding the correct part, or finding the part at all.  The Internet is an incredible resource for repair items that would have been unavailable before we had the “Information Superhighway”.  Because of this, we have the opportunities to fix items that we would consider disposable 20 years ago.

Here are some great tips for accurate and successful Internet searching:

  1. Use accurate keywords – Make sure the words you use describe the type of item and the brand, if necessary.  Make sure you spell the words correctly.  In other words, if you search for blind ‘chord’, you might yield links to musical ‘chords’ for a songs related to the inability to see.
  2. Use auto complete – As you are typing your search words, Google will display helpful results in a drop-down list.  Use these to your advantage as needed.
  3. Don’t use common words, punctuation, suffixes or capitalization – Search engines usually don’t recognize them, so they’re unnecessary unless your searching for an “exact phrase” inside quotes.

The bottom line is that Internet search engines are incredible tools that, when used properly, can make our lives much more effective.

For a more extensive article on this subject, click here:

10 tips for smarter, more efficient Internet searching

How Much String is Needed to Fix an RV Shade?

Here’s a good formula you can use to determine how much string you’ll need to restring an RV Day / Night Shade:

Follow these steps:

  1. Measure the width (round up to the nearest foot)
  2. Measure the length (round up to the nearest foot)
  3. Count how many strings in the shade
  4. Use the formula below to determine total amount


It’s a generous estimate that allows enough overage to compensate for any small measuring mistakes.

For string, parts and instruction, visit Fix My

Valance Clip Installation Instructions

Valance clips come in many shapes and sizes. The most common for horizontal blinds is the ‘C’ clip. This clip simply hooks over the headrail, and the valance snaps into the ‘C’ part of the clip. Here’s a video on this:

Less common are slot mount and vertically adjustable valance clips. Here’s a couple video’s for those types:

For more instruction or to purchase blind parts go to

Free Blind String, Bead Chain, and Cloth Tape Samples

Fix My Blinds sends out FREE string, chain and cloth tape samples. This can be very helpful if you’re not sure which diameter string you need,  or if you need to match string, or cloth tape color-wise.  To get your free samples, simply go to any related page on the Fix My Blinds website.  Click the ‘Get Free Samples’ link in the banner:

On the Sample Order Form, enter up to 3 samples and your shipping information.  We’ll send you the samples within 1 business day!


How to Remove Window Blinds

With the many types of blinds and shades, there are as many ways to remove and re-hang them.  From time to time, you may have to remove a blind to paint, or to do a repair.  Either way, the task of taking down a blind and re-hanging it can require a little bit of professional know-how to safely accomplish.   Here are some video’s from Fix My Blinds that show you how to remove and replace several different types of blinds and shades:

Visit Fix My Blinds for parts, string and FREE instruction.


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