Whether you are looking to rest a defective lift cord or fix a blind that refuses to tilt, this article will give you the information you need to get your wood blinds up and running again.
Cost of repairing wood blinds
Whether you are looking to repair a wood blind or are in the market for a new one, the cost can be high. However, there are ways to improve your blinds without spending a fortune.
There are many different materials available for blinds. You can choose from vinyl, leather, or aluminum. You may be able to repair some materials with a little effort, but you may need to replace others. If you are interested in improving your blinds, it is best to find a reputable supplier and check out their repair materials.
The cost of repairing blinds can depend on the type of blind and its damage. Some materials are more affordable to replace, while others are more expensive. You can also find a repair kit that will save you money.
Repairing wood blinds can range from $20 to $200. You can choose to improve your blinds yourself or hire a professional. For the latter option, you will need to pay a minimum call-out charge of one hour. You may hire a professional if you need more knowledge of how to repair your blinds.
For example, repairing a blind may require replacing a faulty operator. This is a relatively easy fix that will make your blinds move the way they should. The cost of replacing your defective operator may vary, depending on how old your blinds are and how they were manufactured.
You can also repair your blinds by restringing them. This is a relatively simple task that will require a tape measure, pliers, and some patience. Restring a blind can range from $10 to $30.
A more expensive option is to replace your entire system. This can be done by hiring a local repair pro or online. Replacing your blinds system can range from $150 to $225.
Some blinds may be eligible for a warranty. If your blinds come with a contract, you may have the option to repair them under the terms of your deposit.
Restringing a defective lift cord
Whether your blinds have broken cords or have been left too long, restringing can be a solution. It’s also a good idea to follow precautionary steps to prevent this from happening again.
Before restringing your blinds, you must know where the old cord is. Usually, this is the lift cord on the top of the blind. If you can’t find this cord, you can remove the blinds and lay them on the ground.
Then, you need to measure the length of each of the cords. You’ll also need to find out how to cut them. The size of the lift cord should be about 10 to 20 inches longer than the length of the other cord.
The string should be the same length as the height of the blind, plus at least a little more than the window’s width. You’ll also need a lighter to burn off the old cord. You may also need a restringing tool, which is a small tool with a handle that pushes the string through a lock on the other side.
The old cord should be cut off, and the lift cord trimmed to a length that will fit through the holes in the slats of the blinds. Then, you’ll need to thread the new line through the hole. You’ll also need to cut off the knot.
If your blinds are on a headrail, you’ll need to pull out the plugs in the bottom of the blind. You can do this with a rubber mallet. If your blinds are on a bracket, you may not need to do this step.
Lastly, you may need to cut off the tassels or caps on the end of the lift cord. These are plastic pull knobs that are embedded in the line. You can usually pull these out with scissors or pliers. You’ll need to decide whether you’ll reuse or discard them.
You can use a lighter to melt the old cord as a last resort. You can also use thick rubber gloves to protect your hands from the heat.
Fixing a blind that refuses to tilt
Several reasons can lead to a blind that refuses to tilt. Some are functional, while others are caused by construction or design. It is essential to take note of the problem and determine if you can fix it yourself or if you should contact the manufacturer or retailer.
First, check the string. If it is old, it may need to be trimmed. The blinds will be rendered inoperable if the line is broken. You may need to purchase a new string. You may also need to replace the slats. The cost of slat repair will depend on the size and number of slats. You can find a repair kit online or at your local department store.
Another reason your blind might refuse to tilt is if the mechanism is broken. There is a metal rod that runs through the tilt mechanism. It can be removed from the headrail. You can then slide the rod back through the hole where it came out.
If the rod is rusty, spray some WD-40 on it. This will fix the problem. You can also remove the metal plate blocking the rod from sliding down. Once the container is removed, you can free the tilt mechanism. You may have to take the blind out of the window to investigate.
If you are replacing a blind, you may want to take pictures to help you remember what you are doing. You can also check the light string to see if it is correct. If it is not, you can order replacement slats. It is best to contact the manufacturer or retailer for a replacement.
If the cords are tangled, you will need to pull them loose. A screwdriver may help. You may also need to use a pair of scissors. You can also tape over the holes to help fix the problem.
You can also take the blind down to examine the problem. When taking the blinds down, you may need to bend the blinds or unhook the spacer chain. If the problem is with the top rail, you may need to remove the slats and brackets.
Preventing choking and strangulation hazards
Purchasing cords for the repair of wood blinds presents two different hazards. First, lines can present choking and strangulation hazards. Second, threads can snag easily. Both of these hazards are preventable.
Preventing choking and strangulation hazards when buying cords for the repair of wood blinds requires that you follow instructions from the manufacturer. In some cases, a cord cleat may be used to encircle the lines to keep them away from children. This method is recommended by the window covering industry to protect against strangulation.
You can encircle the cords with masking tape if a cord cleat is unavailable. You can also use a lighter or match to melt the ends of the lines together. However, this method requires that you mash the cord ends while the cords are still hot.
Cords can also present choking and strangulation hazards when children play with them. Children can quickly wrap their heads around loops of cords. They can also climb up furniture to reach windows.
A common strangulation hazard with corded blinds is inner cords that run through the blind slats. In 20 incidents, children as young as nine months were strangled while pulling the inside cables through the blind.
Another strangulation hazard with corded window coverings is unsecured loops. Children can wrap the cords around their necks. This risk is even higher when children are older.
The window covering industry has eliminated some strangulation hazards associated with corded window coverings. They have created a “Best for Kids” program to assist consumers in finding safe window blinds. The WCMA also recommends that you remove dangling cords from the window.
Consider installing a tension device if you cannot remove the dangling cords from your window. These devices can be installed high on the wall to prevent strangulation. If you decide to install one, it should be ANSI/WCMA compliant. A tension device should be installed at least five feet above the floor.
You can also install a cord condenser. A cord condenser combines several lifting cords into one. The cord condenser should be installed within three inches of the cord lock mechanism.