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Spot the Difference Contest

We’re running a 1 day contest on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/fixmyblinds

Can you spot the differences in these 2 photos?

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The winners will receive a Fix My Blinds – Nalgene OTR Water Bottle:

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Look for more contests in the future!!

How to Build Your Own Roller Shade

Here’s a new video on building your own roller shade:

This video will demonstrate in detail how you can successfully build your own custom Roller Shade.

Fix My Blinds sells various Roller Shade Kits here.

How to Fuse String

Fusing string is a very helpful technique to know when doing blind repairs and can be also used for other projects that use polyester sting. This technique does not work on cotton string, or other non-synthetic string.

First, place the 2 ends together as shown:

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Second, with a lighter, burn the 2 ends until they start to melt:

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Finally, roll the melted ends of the 2 strings together:

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Be careful as the melted string will be hot, so do the last step fast. You might even want to wet your fingers before the last step.

 

Youtube Instructional Repair Video’s

To the DIY’ers great delight, Youtube instructional video’s have exploded over the last decade. You can find instructions to repair just about anything – for FREE!! There are many Youtube channels dedicated to home improvement and repair, car repair, computer repair, and assembly of just about anything. Some of these video’s are produced by companies that are explaining how to use the products they sell to the public at large.  This is the case with us here at Fix My Blinds, as well as the big box stores who sell various other items. Instructional video’s are also produced by average people who just want to show the world how to do something. Either way, it is good to support these videos, and the people who produce them, by sharing them or providing feedback when you can.  I can tell you that it is much appreciated to know that the video’s we produce here at Fix My Blinds are used and appreciated.

Here are some instructional video’s for various repairs:

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet with a Single Handle Design

Official iPhone 4S Screen / LCD Replacement Video & Instructions

How to fix a small dent

How To: Restring A Weedeater

How to Restring a Horizontal Wood Blind

Of course we had to include one of our many Youtube instructional video’s. :)

Installing Home Improvement Store Blinds

Just in the last several decades, we have seen the meteoric rise of home improvement stores.  The success of stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, and others, proves they have captured a market that was there, just waiting to be tapped.  Along with this has come the rise of the ‘Do-it-Yourself-er’, that is, people who are willing to tackle all sorts of ‘home improvement’ project because of the easy access of supplies from these stores, as well as the wealth of information that can be accessed for free on the Internet and other places.

One particular niche that these stores have taken advantage of is semi-custom blinds.  Many of these stores stock a range of the most popular blinds found in most homes. Customers can measure their own windows, go to the store, pick out the blinds they want and have them cut to size with special machinery at the store. They can then take them home and install them themselves – saving money over professional installation.

Here are a few video’s on how to install typical blinds purchased at a home improvement store:



Fall & Winter Energy Saving Tips

As evidenced by recent weather, it looks like Fall is upon us.  As Winter approaches, there are things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your home.  Here are some tips you can employ to save energy and money this Fall and Winter:

  1. Check your windows for any drafts around the frames.  Then, seal them with a good quality caulk.  
  2. Add insulation to your attic.  Although this can be a big project, it can make a huge difference in heat loss in the winter, or heat gain in summer.
  3. Consider buying insulated window coverings such as Honeycomb Shades.  Check out Blinds.com for great pricing!
  4. Open the window coverings on south and west facing windows on sunny days. This will allow the sun to naturally heat those areas.
  5. Set your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees while you sleep to save up to 10% your utility bill.
  6. Have your heater cleaned and change the filter at least every 2 months.

Doing some or all of these can add up to a warmer home and some nice savings on your energy bill!

Restringing a Vertical Blind

Restringing a vertical blind is necessary when the string becomes frayed or broken. The string that runs through a vertical blind headrail needs to be in good condition for it to flow through the many guides and pulleys which exist inside. Fix My Blinds has several helps when it comes to this type of repair. Here are a couple video’s:

We also have several diagrams which show different examples of how string is routed through a headrail.  Those diagrams can be found in this another blog post here.

 

Changing String in a Cord Tilter

Changing the pull strings in a cord tilt mechanism can be necessary if the string breaks, or, if you desire a new color string. Here’s a couple video’s on how to change the string in a cord tilt mechanism. These techniques can also be used for de-tangling the string in the tilter as well:
 

How to Choose a Good Contractor

There are several reasons why to take some time to choose the right contractor. Here’s a clip from a popular DIY Network show that deals with people who have been victims of shoddy work done on their home:

As you see, an experience like this can be devastating emotionally and financially.

With that in mind, here’s several homework items to consider when hiring a contractor for your next project:

  • Get a referral from a friend.
  • Check on the contractor’s licenses, if applicable.
  • Get all estimates, warranties and guarantees IN WRITING.
  • Check out their rating with the local Better Business Bureau.
  • Ask for references from previous completed jobs.
  • How long have they been in business?
  • If they ask for cash, find someone else.
  • Never hire a out of town contractor if at all possible.
  • Check to make sure they are insured and bonded properly.

Performing all, or at least most of these, will insure that you will be hiring a reputable contractor.

Window Cranks and Blinds

thandlecrank4Windows with cranks have been around for a long time and are still popular today.  One of the reasons is that the casement style windows they open, seal better than sliding windows.  This is great for the function of the window, but what about the function of blinds on a window with a protruding window crank?  For anyone who has these, they probably have encountered this dilemma.  Blinds or shades that flop over a protruding window crank can be dis-functional and ugly.

One remedy for this problem is, installing ‘T’ Crank Handles.  T-handle metal window cranks will give enough leverage to operate the window and are small enough not to get in the way of the blind or shade, unlike other window cranks.thandlecrank3

T-handle’s vary by manufacturer. Fix My Blinds offers t-handles for Truth/Wright windows, Andersen windows, Pella windows, Peachtree windows, and old metal framed windows.  Click here to view them!

 

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