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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

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

For string, parts and instruction, visit Fix My Blinds.com

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 www.FixMyBlinds.com

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

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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.

Fix My Blinds – A Do It Yourself Blind Repair Website

Vertical Restring Routing Diagrams – Printable

Here are some vertical blind restring diagrams. Click the highlighted title to print as PDF:

Vertical String Routes – One Way

Vertical string routes - one way

Vertical String Routes – Split Draw

Vertical string routes - split

For instructional video’s on restringing a vertical blind headrail, click here.

If you need other instruction or blind string or parts – visit Fix My Blinds.com

How to Choose the Right Window Blinds

Choice and variety are fundamental expectations in 21st-century America. When I was a kid, coffee came either black or with cream and sugar. Nowadays I could fill a small dictionary with the list of coffee choices at my nearest Starbucks. In fact, I need a dictionary to explain all the different choices.

When it comes to window treatments, the choices have proliferated in a similar way. Having this kind of selection should be a blessing, not bewildering, so I’ve sorted out and defined some of the options to make the process easier for you.

Installing Blind Hold Down Brackets

Hold down brackets are useful for blinds that are mounted on doors, or even windows, where the problem of them moving around is an issue. They are typically made of either metal or plastic, and will have an integrated pin or a hole that accepts a pin that is in the bottom rail of the blind. Hold down brackets can be used with any blind or shade that is mounted on a door, and that has a bottom rail. Here are several video’s on how to install different kinds of hold down brackets:

To purchase hold down brackets, CLICK HERE.

Fraction to Decimal Conversions Part 2

Here’s a fraction to decimal chart for sizes down to the 128th of an inch:

Chart for fraction to decimal conversion

Click the link below for a printable PDF:

Fractions to Decimals

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