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How can I make a bedroom with lots of windows darker?

I'm moving into a gorgeous new house with one wrinkle: my bedroom has two full walls of windows, plus skylights. Most of the day, this is great, but at night, I really want it dark where I sleep. I ...
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How do you replace missing vertical blind slats?

I need some advice about vertical vinyl blinds for a screen door. Right now I'm missing 4 or 5 of the blinds. Should I buy replacements slats or a new set? When you buy them, will you they be cut to ...
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In vertical blinds, what is the part called that attaches a slat to the rail?

A few days ago, our dog clipped our vertical blinds, taking one slat down. I was going to re-attach the single fallen slat to the mounting clip that's connected to the rail, but a small gear inside ...
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Replace the Cord in Vertical Blinds

My cord in my vertical blinds is fraying and I am afraid it is going to break at any moment. Has anyone restrung their blinds? Where is the best place to get replacement cord and what do I need to ...
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What's a good cheap sander to sand the ends of wooden blinds?

I need to sand down some wooden blinds because they are about a millimeter too wide for the old window frames they are going into. I'm trying to figure out a cheap and easy way to sand down about 6 ...
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How can I set up a timer for my motorized blinds?

My room has a window with motorized shades, which can be brought up or down using a switch that's in the same enclosure as the light switches in the room. I want to set it up so I could program the ...
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Is there any easy way to open/close bay window blinds at the same time?

We have a bay window with normal wooden venetian blinds. The bay window has 5 individual blinds like this (http://www.mainfineintl.com/documents/FauxWood1.jpg) which use a twisting rod to open and ...
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Removing Excess Blind Material

I have blinds on my new windows and the blinds are too long for the window opening. My guess is this is done to make them universal. How do you remove the excess and reattach the bottom?
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Is installing blinds a DIY Project?

My wife and I have been in our home for a little less than a year, and the paper blinds are starting to get tired to look at. The prices on blinds.com look appealing, but I'm hoping there are no ...
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Can I hang two inch blinds with only one inch of available window sill overhang?

I just had new windows installed in the house and they look great! It's definitely time now to put up some decent looking blinds. I love the look of the two-inch blinds (nothing fancy - most stuff at ...
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Can I use shorter screws to mount my blinds?

I've bought a pair of blinds that came with 1 1/4 inch screws; I'm unable to drill deep enough into the frame to fit the screws, the screws are sticking about 1/8 of a inch out . I end up hitting ...
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Calculating the effectiveness of sunlight reduction solutions

Our new place has a few large windows facing west - this makes for a baking-hot house in the afternoons. Curtains have been put up, but they are hot to the touch, and the rooms do feel hot (dark ...
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how to drill through two different materials

I installed blinds in my kitchen. I put the screws into the wall. The wall was plaster and inside it was a thin metal sheet. The screws were 1/8 inches. So I drilled two holes of 1/8 inches through ...
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How can I make my room darker at night?

I live in a place where we do not have completely dark nights in the summer. This is how my room looks like (picture from the web, just example - Sliding doors with vertical blinds). I'm looking ...
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How to rehang vertical blinds on a damaged bay ceiling?

My vertical blind has lost two of its four brackets. It was fixed to the ceiling of my bay window and the plugs and screws have pulled away. Is it possible to fill and replug in the same place and ...
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Why do blinds have two different close options?

This hopefully works on this site. It certainly should be DIY, though a rather paltry task. Why do blinds have two close options? There are two different angles that they can be closed and this seems ...
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how to find out if wall is plaster, wood or drywall?

I want to install blinds in my kitchen. However, I can't figure out if the wall is wood or plaster. I need to know this before starting to drill because the holding mechanism for the blinds, it can'...
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Name of Part That Connects Blinds Wand With Blinds Roller and How to Replace It?

I have blinds where the part connecting the blinds roller and the blinds wand is broken. The part looks like: What's the name of this part? How do I go about fixing / replacing it?
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How do I uninstall a velux blackout blind?

(A Velux blind is a brand of skylight/roof-window in the UK that's apparently quite popular). We have a couple of velux windows with blinds attached. We'd like to swap them for the black-out blind ...
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How do I fix the twist mechanism on a blind?

As you can see from the image below the twisting mechanism which holds the longer stick to adjust the angle of the blind as broken. Any ideas on how this can be fixed, either by fitting a new ...
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Why don't American homes have blinds on the outside of their windows?

Traveling through Europe, seeing many different construction methods, I try to take an objective look at why things are done a certain way. One of the most positive things that I see done in Europe ...
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Blinds vs Curtains [closed]

I have a bunch of uncovered windows. For The large ones I am thinking curtains. To take care of everything at once I though just use curtains for all of them. Though practically most curtains are only ...
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How can I make my own fabric replacement slats for my blinds?

I need to replace the fabric slats on the vertical blinds in my house. I do not want vinyl ones in my house. My windows look out on a golf course from most of the rooms in my house. I have lived with ...
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Need advice, Curtains, blinds, Shades? which to use, whats in currently?

i need to purchase curtains/blinds or shades for all my windows in my apartment. I have 5 windows - 1 being a bathroom. Its a small apartment and view outside the window isn't onto the main road but ...
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Electric blackout blinds

I've looked at the questions that have already been posed and they go some of the way to the situation I have. I will attempt to remove the cassette that houses an electric motor and the sidebars as ...
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Motor for DIY Remote controlled shades

I'm currently undertaking a project to build remote controlled shades from scratch. I currently have every piece figured out except I don't know know much about the motors involved in something like ...
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Where do I install an outside mount for blinds?

I'm installing faux wood blinds in my home. I prefer the outside mount because it looks better on my windows, however the molding is a weird design. The head casing and side casing don't meet at a ...
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What is/are the proper method and tools for drilling into masonry?

Related to this question, The blinds project has gone pretty smooth up until this point. It seems that some walls have plaster or masonry behind them. Probably not a big deal, but I've snapped a ...
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What is the neatest way to run power to Somfy motorized window blinds?

I have several Somfy RTS motorized window blinds installed. Right now they just have electric cables attached to them that could be tacked to the wall, but I'd rather have the cabling completely ...
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What type of blinds are these? [closed]

We are living in a rentl property and there are some blinds in the windows that I would like to replace for the time we are here. They are roman blinds that have a bar along the top and are just ...
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Can I adjust my blinds for both ventilation and privacy?

I like fresh air so I usually open the window a little and keep the blinds to the angle that I think nobody can see me from outside. Today I feel very upset because I found out everybody can see me ...
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Shade in front of second floor condo window

I live in the second floor (one over ground level) in a condo building in Germany. It is rented, so I cannot do major modifications. Minor modifications must be arranged with the owner. The living ...
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Hang blinds inside window frame on drywall only?

I need to hang some standard window blinds (blinds that you pull upward by pulling the strings down) inside a few of my windows, but my walls are concrete stucco, and there is about a 3/4" gap between ...
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What are the best option for French sliding door blinds

regular honeycomb blind [ We are thinking to place the blind bracket outside the French sliding doors. My other blinds are all honeycomb blinds. I am wondering what are the best blind option we can ...
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How can I prevent light from coming in around the edges of black out blinds?

My experience is that black out blinds always let a little bit of light in round the sides. What do other people recommend as a solution to this?
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How do I fix a counterweighted accordion blind that is stuck?

We have accordion style blinds. These are assisted...meaning that we can raise and lower the blinds just by lifting or pulling down. No need to pull any strings directly. Now the assist mechanism ...
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How can I get the mounting brackets to hold onto my blinds more strongly?

The blinds we installed are attached on the inside of the window frame, using a metal bracket. The blinds were attached to the brackets by snapping it in. JCPenny designed these blinds custom for us. ...
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Reverse a roller shade

I have some levolor roller shades and after much struggling with them I realized that the problem is that they are the wrong way around. They have a pin on one end and a kind of flat piece that sits ...
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Can I make a tie up or roll up curtain with pack cloth?

I need roll up blackout shades for two windows. I thought I would use denier coated pack cloth because it blocks sunlight and is also pretty cheap. I would follow the instructions similar to here to ...
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2-3kg blinds into drywall/plasterboard

I want to mount my 120cm long blinds into the face of the wall above my 110(ish) cm PVC window recess, but I don't feel like standard plugs would be sufficient. There are three brackets, each held ...
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How do I reattach a hunter douglas clutch cable?

My hunter douglas clutch cable, for their shades, has ripped open at what appears to be a glue line. Is there a way to repair it without replacing it? (ie, some sort of glue or kit i can use)?
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Cost-effective blackout roller blind with side-channels?

I want to fit a blackout blind with side channels into which the blind fits to eliminate light leakage around the edges of the blind. Here's an example of this kind of blind fitment: https://www....
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Fitting a Velux blind to a modified window

I would like to fit a standard blind to my Velux window (model GGL-7). However, it appears to have been fitted for a non-standard type of blind: there are thin wooden rails on each side, and an extra ...
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sliding window with electric roller shutter doesn't fully close

I have this window which doesn't fully close. It stucks at some point while closing. I can hear its electric motor still working but something prevents it from fully closing. So half of the holes are ...