Here’s instructions for replacing a cord or chain loop in a Rollease style roller clutch.
1. Remove the shade from the window, and remove the clutch from the shade.
3. Install the new cord or chain
4. Re-install the clutch, remount the shade and test
Here’s a video for this 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:
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.
Here’s a good formula you can use to determine how much string you’ll need to restring a horizontal blind or shade:
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
Vertical 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:
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:
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:
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:
Here’s an example of how this could be used:
Here’s a short video on how to measure and install vertical blind valance clips:
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, and 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:
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