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How to heatproof an eastward sliding glass door

I have an eastward facing sliding glass door in my bedroom. During the morning, the beating California sun cooks the room, raising it to 80-90 degrees F (26-32 Celsius) by 9 AM. While the blinds don't ...
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Advice on installing vertical blinds [closed]

In the back of my house I am attempting to install vertical blinds. Unfortunately the blinds are longer than the door frame and this has led to a differing of opinions on what to do. My first ...
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Blinds inside mount on double windows

Moved into a new house and have to install blinds on all windows. Some of the windows were single, and I was able to mount the blinds on inside to the wooden frame. However, we have a few of these ...
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Why is cellular shade considered easy to clean?

Cellular shade is horizontal with empty pockets that seem likely to catch dust. However, online articles keep saying that cellular shade is the easiest type to clean due to being made of anti static ...
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Reinstall Window Blinds, Screw Holes

I purchased Inside-Mount Horizontal Faux Wood Blinds. We removed our blinds temporarily due to painting. When reinstalling, should we reuse the Same holes, use different drywall screw mounts, or get ...
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How can I cleanly trim window blinds?

I ordered some custom blinds but they are a little too long. How can I cleanly trim through the plastic and fabric?
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Do Roller Shades have Universal mounting brackets so I can switch out?

Do Most Roller Shades have universal mounting brackets? I want to maybe switch roller shades every couple years between different company manfacucturers? This way I don't have install drill holes for ...
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Horizontal Blinds Inside Mount for Windows

I am getting Horizontal Blinds Inside Mount as seen below. My window height is 50 inches. When ordering, manufacturer added another 1 inch so it extends down below to 51 inches onto the wall. Is that ...
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Which way to Rotate Vertical Blinds during the Cold Winter?

Which way do you rotate vertical blinds during the winter? I wanted to keep the place warmer, and keep cold air out. Should the Curved edges of the vane Curved edges be turned towards you, facing ...
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Curtain Rod for Vertical Blinds

I have typical Vertical Blinds which look like this below, with Valence and headrail. What kind of Curtain rod would I need, since I like extra insulation during the winters. My headrail extends 5 ...
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Why are Fauxwood vertical blinds not as thick as Fauxwood horizontal blinds?

Why are Fauxwood Vertical blinds not as thick as Fauxwood Horizontal blinds? I received a lot of samples. Is it because vertical blinds structure rail cannot hold something as heavy? I buy blinds, not ...
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Is it okay to screw self-tapping screws into a steel lintel of unknown thickness?

I want to install blinds into windows that have a metal lintel. The lintel appears to be a steel beam of unknown thickness. Can I just screw self-tapping screws in there? Should I drill a pilot hole ...
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How to drill pilot holes to install brackets for inside-mount shades

I ordered some inside-mount solar shades from Blinds.com. They come with mounting brackets that need to be installed very close to the side frames. I want to drill pilot holes before putting in the ...
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Light Privacy for Inside Mount Horizontal blinds

I have Inside Mount Horizontal shades in my apartment. Currently there is light opening on the left and right side, causing light and privacy issues. Is there a way to cover these? Maybe install an a) ...
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Horizontal Blinds: Inside or Outside Mount Type for Windy Weather

I am thinking of buying Horizontal Blinds. I will either buy Inside Mount or Horizontal Outside Mount. I live on an upper floor with very Windy, Blowing weather. Between the two, what is best option ...
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Mounting shades inside metal window frame

I was hoping you could help me out with a question I have. I would like to mount Ikea shades I bought (Trippevals, https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/trippevals-black-out-cellular-blind-light-gray-80381487/)...
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How to repair old zip blind with tears and cracks?

Good Afternoon, Anyway, I am trying to repair this cracked old zip blind: https://ibb.co/4JzYGtM Part of the cracked plastic came off the rail and there are tears. I'm thinking of glueing those ...
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What is this triangle shape thing that holds the bottom of shade to the door

I am wondering what is this triangle shape plastic thing that holds the bottom of the shade to the door? I need to buy multiple of them but I don't know the name.
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How can I prevent the light leaks on the side of blackout motorized blinds

I bought motorized blackout blinds from Ikea. After installing it I still see lights coming out of the side of the blinds. What can I do it completely block the light from entering in? Please see the ...
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How to repair blind bracket screw coming out of top surface of window frame

I moved into a house with some pretty nice blinds installed already, Hunter Douglas Duette (I think). The blind I'm looking at has 4 plastic brackets (these ones specifically) which are screwed ...
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Can't reattach rail onto Hunter Douglas bracket

My bedroom window has a Hunter Douglas Vignette shade. Since I bought thr place the shade has fallen occasionally and it's always a pain to get back up. Is there a trick to reattaching? Right now one ...
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What type of wall is this?

I'm installing blinds that will mount in the ceiling (inside) of the window pane. I initially used wood screws but then thought I'd use drywall screws for greater strength. I tried drilling a hole to ...
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What is this nut called and can it be removed and reused/replaced?

Can anyone tell me what this nut is called and how to remove it in a way I can return the mechanism to normal working order? Also, what kind of special tools will I need? The first photo is of the ...
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What glue to hold wooden batten to ceiling for window blind

Today I attempted to put up a window blind, fixing it to the ceiling (there is no option to drill into the window frame) My metal/pipe detector has 'pinged' where I want to drill the holes into the ...
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How to fix an uneven (curved) upper window box to install blinds?

The top of my window frame is curved, probably as a fail in construction. Just noticed it when I was trying to install new blinds. You can see it in the picture below that it is uneven by the center ...
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flange/u-channel for black-out blinds?

This is a question about a specific solution for a problem that's been asked before. The best solution is u-channels that the blinds' hem bar can travel up and down within. This solution can be seen ...
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Connecting Automatic Blind Timer

I currently have a basic GEWISS GW20560 switch connected to my blinds. I'd like to replace it with an automatic timer. My issue is I can't find the electrical diagram for the switch, to work out the ...
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Valence Clips for Blinds

We have some windows with 20+ year old blinds, and the valence clips have broken on several of them. The clip mechanism looks a little funky with 3 parts involved: the valence itself (3" across),...
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Sprayed foam sealant into window blind's headrail, immobilizing it. Blinds are also screwed directly into frame. How to remove (has picture)

Trying to seal window crevices, I accidentally sprayed into window blinds headrail whose top is exposed. The crevice is so narrow I couldn't see into the top of the headrail, so I forgot it was open. ...
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Shall I keep windows and blinds open during hot summer days? [closed]

On a summer day with at 36 degrees Celsius, in a room with no air conditioner but only a ceiling fan, and with windows facing north and east, which of the following can I do to make the room feel less ...
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Hanging a wooden venetian blind in a square bay

I have recently purchased some custom fit wooden blinds to fit to a square (or box) bay window. I followed the measuring guide diligently, and now the blinds have arrived it is time to fit them. What ...
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When I pull Tilt Chain, why don't my vertical blinds tilt?

Please see this video WITH SOUND. How upload SOUND video here? Don't hesitate edit this post to add it for me. I was pulling on Tilt Chain, but vertical blinds don't tilt! Why?
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How to supply 12 volt DC to all the windows in a new house build

We are looking to provide 12v DC power to all the window headers in a new construction home for later use to power 12v DC blind motors. As all the walls are open for now we are just going to have wire ...
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Any idea what these outdoor shades are called?

Hi any idea with the name of the outdoor shades are called? Note the rope that is tied to the metal boat dock stirrup thing. They are mounted on the outside. I've been searching for weeks and have no ...
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Temporary window treatment options? (shades, blinds, curtains)

I have a sitting room-turned-guest room, and with summer going into full bore the room brightens up too early in the day for sound sleep. It has become a problem. The room has several large windows ...
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Is there a name for open-top curtains?

I've walked around my neighborhood, and seen curtains that leave around the top 1/4 of the window open, which I really like. It seems to provide the same amount of privacy, but also let in a good ...
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Broken plastic gadget on blind

The plastic gadget that contols the string for opening/closing and lifting/lowering of the blinds broke. In not sure, but it may need new string too. Is that something I can easily fix myself? I ...
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Which mounting screws to use for Ikea Hoppvals?

I recently bought these Ikea blinds (HOPPVALS). To my surprise when I opened the package there was no mounting screws to use or any recommendation of what kind of screws would be the appropriate ones ...
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How should I mount shades with these brackets?

I have some up-down shades which don't have any instructions. The are made by Allen-Roth, which is just a Lowe's house brand. For the life of me I can't see how to mount these! The metal bracket ...
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Roller Blind in window ingress

I am attaching a roller blind in a window ingress and the lintel is steel which is proving hard to get through. Will it hold if I attach a batten of wood in the ingress with grab adhesive to the ...
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Fitting add on blinds to rear door

I am trying to fit add on, enclosed blinds (like these) to the rear door of my new home. I have not been able to find a set of blinds that fit appropriately and I am not sure why. I've returned 2 sets ...
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How to sand plaster corner using oscillating tool?

I'm fitting a blackout blind and the width of the opening of the window recess at the top narrows over at the the final 4 cm or so (1.6") by a maximum of perhaps 2.5 mm (1/10 th of an inch). The ...
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Can installers inside mount thick insulating cellular shades over our uneven, decorative trim?

We have a 1924 craftsman home with 8 original double hung windows still intact: We want to preserve them, but they're crap when it comes to insulation so we're going to purchase double cell cellular ...
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What material are Velux FSCC room darkening solar blinds made out of?

I had some new skylights installed, which included the installation of some double-pleated Velux solar blinds. I'm pretty sure the Velux website says that all of their blinds are made out of fabric, ...
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How to remove roller shade?

The side without the bead chain on my roller shade looks like this: How do I remove it? Google says to stick a flathead screwdriver into the tab between the bracket and to pull down on the bar, but ...
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Vertical blinds, drywall only no stud

Trying to install vertical blinds for 2 slider doors and I cannot locate any stud/plywood backing in the areas I need to drill the holes for the mounting brackets. Have any of you used pop toggle ...
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Using strong magnets for hanging window blinds

I have a wide window a touch less than 6' across and I want to install a blind with 2" deep horizontals. The blind that was within my price range comes with five support brackets, which can either ...
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How to fit a screw into a drilled big hole on wall?

I am fitting a window blind on a wall. The wall is made of plaster board as far as I have known. I have drilled a hole on wall bigger than the screw size. The drilled hole on the wall has a diameter ...
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Proper way to hang valance over kitchen window between cabinets

What’s the proper was to hang a valance at the top of this window in the kitchen between cabinets? Will have horizontal blinds it covers. Tile backsplash runs up to the top of the cabinets. Window ...
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Persian blinds: why the headrail is open at the top

Why is the headrail (A) U-shaped without a top cover? I would say it will accumulate dirt over time through this open top. Is it always this way with Persian blinds and if so what is the reason ...
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