How to Fix Blinds

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Many people enjoy using blinds as a means of controlling the amount of light in a space, as well as adding another layer of privacy to a room. Like any type of home implement, blinds may occasionally malfunction and require some adjustment or repair. Many common problems with blinds can be handled with a few easy steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • String
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Replacement slats
  • Determine the nature of the problem. For example, if the blind slats will not lower, the cord lock is probably stuck. If a slat is damaged, it may require replacement or mending. Strings may need to be replaced or spliced in order to restore their function. Once the specific issue is identified, fixing the problem becomes much easier.

  • Gather the necessary tools. Many of the tools required to repair blinds are commonly found around the house. A flathead screwdriver will help with a stuck cord lock. Scissors may be helpful if slats must be replaced or the spliced ends of strings require cleaning up. String may be needed if the existing string is too weak to support the structure of the blind slats. A spread-on adhesive will help strengthen a slat that is damaged but still worth salvaging. Unless you have spare slats in the closet, you may need to purchase these before beginning a repair job.

  • Prepare the blinds for the repair job. This will require removing the set of blinds from the window and laying the damaged blind on a flat surface, such as a work table. If necessary, cover the surface of the table to prevent scratching.

  • Effect the repair. For blinds that will not lower, use a flathead screwdriver to push against the pin in the cord lock to release the blinds. For broken string, splice the broken ends together or cut out the section and splice in new string to support the slat or slats. For broken slats, remove the damaged slat by cutting it away from the string. Position the new slat in place, taking care to line it into the string properly. Close the slit in the new slat with the adhesive.

  • Test the repair. Before hanging the blinds back into the window, make sure the repair is complete. Hold up the mechanism in one hand and use the other to test the movement of the new slat, make sure the cord lock mechanism releases the slats properly, and that the new string holds. Once you are sure the repair is holding, return the blinds to the window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sometimes, inexpensive blinds are more trouble to repair than to replace. Unless you are someone who enjoys fixing things up, toss the damaged set of miniblinds and pick up a new set at the local discount store.
  • Older sets of blinds with mesh supports and wooden slats can be troublesome, as finding the appropriate slats and mesh is becoming harder with each passing year. Don’t wait until your older wooden blinds need some type of repair to start looking around for spare parts. Buy an extra set and use them to harvest parts as needed.

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