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Remove and Replace a Hunter Douglas Duette

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How to Measure for Blinds – Inside Mount

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Loop Replacement in a Rollease Clutch

Here’s instructions for replacing a cord or chain loop in a Rollease style roller clutch.

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1. Remove the shade from the window, and remove the clutch from the shade.

2. Remove the old cord – (Do not disassemble the clutch) Capture1

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3. Install the new cord or chain

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4. Re-install the clutch, remount the shade and test

Here’s a video for this repair:

The Economics of Blind Repair

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:

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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.

How Much String Needed – Horizontal Blind or Shade

Here’s a good formula you can use to determine how much string you’ll need to restring a horizontal blind or shade:

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It’s a generous estimate that allows enough overage to compensate for any small measuring mistakes. Make sure to account for all of the string that might be hidden within fabric, if you’re estimating for a shade.  A good way to determine how many strings run through a blind or shade is to look at the bottom of the product.  Strings are usually tied off at the bottom, so look for the buttons that cover, or hold the lift strings.

For a top/down – bottom/up shade, make sure to count all of the strings as there are 2 strings routed through a given route hole.

To buy blind string and parts, visit Fix My Blinds.com

Valance Clip Options for Vertical Blinds

Finished-Vertical-BlindsVertical blind valance clips come in many shapes and sizes. There are dozens of vertical blind valance clips to choose from, the differences of which, are due to valance style and the size of the headrail they are attaching to.

The best way to find the correct valance clip is to match it visually, then by size, to the pictures found on FixMyBlinds.com.  If you don’t see your exact valance clip, you can use a universal clip, or fashion a ‘L’ bracket of your own, if you feel adventurous.

Vertical valance clips come in 2 basic styles based on the type of valance they hold.

The first is a dust cover valance clip – like this:

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This clip ‘clips’ on to the top of a vertical blind headrail, then the top of the valance slides into the slot on the top.

The second is a single slat without a dust cover – like this:

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This clip ‘clips’ on to the top of the headrail, (top right), and the slat ‘clips’ into the front channel, (left).

Here’s a couple ‘not so common’ vertical blind valance clips:

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These both clip on to the front of a headrail and hold a valance that is a partial dust cover – for lack of a better description.

Finally, here is a universal vertical blind valance clip for dust cover valances:

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Here’s an example of how this could be used:

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Here’s a short video on how to measure and install vertical blind valance clips:

Valance Clip Options for Horizontal Blinds

Valance clips come in many shapes and sizes.  Even when valances are similar, the clips that mount them to the blind can vary in look and function.  This reality does beg the question, ‘why can’t valance clips be more universal?’  The answer to which can be as simple as economics, that is, making it cheaper, or function, making it better. Either way, we are left with dozens of different valance clips to choose from. Some of these are interchangeable which can be useful to know if (and/or when), the original valance clip becomes obsolete, or when a new way of mounting the valance is needed.

The best way to find the correct valance clip is to match it visually, then by size, to the pictures found on FixMyBlinds.com.  If you don’t see your exact valance clip, consider the following examples and tips for mounting your valance.

Here’s an example of 2 valance clips, sometimes called ‘C’ clips, that mount the same 2 1/2″ high valance:

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Here’s another (not so obvious) equivalent valance clip:

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On the above clip, the 2 prongs fit into a channel in the back of a valance.  If the valance is 2 1/2″, then the 2 ‘C’ clips above will replace the one with the prongs.  Here’s another option for the same size and type of valance:

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This ‘hidden’ valance clip is used to connect to a plastic mounting strip that is fixed to the back of the valance, like this:

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If you want to purchase the valance strips and corresponding hidden clips, you can replace ‘C’ clips to give your valance a more streamline look. On the other hand, you can replace the strips and clips with ‘C’ clips.

Confused yet? Sorry about that. :)

This short blog was just to show that you don’t have to have the exact valance clip in order to mount a valance. There usually more than one way to mount a valance.

Here’s a short video on how to measure and install valance clips:

RV Day / Night Shade Repair

RV Day / Night Shades are uniquely designed for the rigors and functional needs for use in a moving vehicle. These window coverings are manufactured by many different companies, andgloss-full-rvdaynightshades because of that, can vary in design and in materials used.  They generally incorporate a tension system which allows the shade to be anchored to the wall, and tightened or loosened, based on preference.

Here are some diagrams that illustrate how the internal strings are routed and how they connect to the internal springs:

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Here’s a restringing video for the RV Day/Night Shade:

 

Parts and string for RV Day / Night Shades can be found at FixMyBlinds.com

String Routing in a Top Down – Bottom Up Honeycomb Shade

At first glance, a Top-Down, Bottom-Up Honeycomb Shade may seem complicated, as far as the string routing.  But, truth be known, it’s a lot simpler than it looks.

Basically, in a Top-Down, Bottom-Up Honeycomb Shades, the strings connected to the Bottom Rail go up through the shade, through the Middle Rail, into the Top Rail, and out one side.  The strings that connect to the Middle Rail go into the Top Rail, and out the side opposite the strings that connect to the Bottom Rail.  (See Diagrams)

Some differences between brands would be:

  • Cord locks – some have the strings coming out the front, while some out the side
  • Where and how the strings are tied off in the Bottom and Middle Rails
  • Which side is ‘Top-Down’, and which side is ‘Bottom-Up’

Here are a couple diagrams:

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For more instructions, diagrams and how-to video’s for blind repair, visit www.FixMyBlinds.com

Common Blind Repairs per Type of Blind

Mini-Blind:  Mini blinds consist of ½”, 1” or 1 ½” horizontal slats that stack at the top of the window. Slats are typically made of aluminum, plastic, or wood. gloss-full-miniblinds

Common Repairs: Tilt mechanism replacement; lift cord replacement; cord lock replacement; bottom button replacement; end cap replacement

gloss-full-woodblindsWood Blind: Wood blinds consist of 1”, 1 ½”, 2” or 2 ½” horizontal wood slats that stack at the top of the window.

Common Repairs: Tilt mechanism replacement; lift cord replacement; cord lock replacement; bottom button replacement; ladder cord replacement; cloth tape replacement

Faux Wood Blind: Wood blinds consist of 2” or 2 ½” horizontal wood slats that stack at the top of the window.

Common Repairs: Tilt mechanism replacement; lift cord replacement; cord lock replacement; bottom button replacement; ladder replacement

Venetian Blind: Wood blinds consist of 2” or 2 ½” horizontal wood slats that stack at the top of the window.

Common Repairs: Tilt mechanism replacement; lift cord replacement; cord lock replacement; bottom button replacement; ladder replacement

Vertical Blind:  Vertical blinds are a series of vanes, or slats, that run up and down hanging from a headrail at the top of the window.gloss-full-verticalblinds

Common Repairs:  Repair vane hole with Vane Saver; replace valance clips; replace (wand) tilt mechanism; restringing

gloss-full-honeycombshadesCellular/Honeycomb Shade:

Cellular / Honeycomb are fabric pleated shades that form a ‘cell’. They raise and lower by a number of different lift systems.

Common Repairs:  Lift cord replacement; cord lock replacement; cord loop replacement; clutch replacement; end cap replacement

Pleated Shade:  

Pleated shades are a fabric shade that makes a zig-zag pattern. They are similar to Cellular / Honeycomb shades except that Pleated shades are only single layered.

Common Repairs:  Lift cord replacement; cord lock replacement; cord loop replacement; clutch replacement; end cap replacement

RV Day / Night Shade:

RV Day / Night Shades are dual fabric shades.  Generally, one side is for filtering light and the other is for room darkening.  They are secured to the wall with a tensioner to prevent them from clanking around while the RV is moving.

Common Repairs:  Cord replacement; tensioner and end cap replacement

Roller shade:

Roller shades are flat shades that roll up on a tube, or dowel.  They are typically made of a fabric, vinyl, or screen material.

Common Repairs:  Cord or chain repair or replacement; clutch replacement; fabric telescoping adjustment

gloss-full-romanshadeRoman Shade:

Roman Shades are fabric shades that fold when raised and lowered.  They can appear flat or looped when in the down position.

Common Repairs:  Lift cord replacement; cord lock replacement; cord loop replacement; clutch replacement

Woven Wood Shade:

Woven wood shades are made from woods, bamboos, reeds and grasses which filter light according to the weaving of the materials.gloss-full-wovenwoodshades

Common Repairs:  Lift cord replacement; cord lock replacement; cord loop replacement; clutch replacement

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