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Repairing built-in blinds

Found the blinds completely crooked and dismantled on one of the doors. The string was broken and I suspect of the kids were up to some mischief. Is there any way to repair this myself - if not, what ...
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What material should I use as spacers to attach these blinds to the window jambs?

I realized after attempting to install these blinds that they're for windows without a sash. They are intended to be attached to either the glass (with tape) or screwed into the window rails. However, ...
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How to form deformed slats of horizontal aluminum blinds back into shape?

Is there a way to return 100%-functional aluminum slats closer to original optically uniform shape? When looking at their profile, it is slightly bent shape like ⌢, 0.15 mm thick. Ideally in-place, ...
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How do you invisibly connect polymer ball chains?

This is a section of the ball chain from my roller blind. It seems to be a length of braided polymer cord with little thermoplastic spheres moulded around it. It's one continuous loop and I cannot ...
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Do I need to do something different to mount blinds on a sloped ceiling?

I am updating my blinds and have come across a situation where the ceiling slopes towards the window. The previous installation used metal clips to secure the blinds, which I was told need to maintain ...
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Why do my blinds keep popping out of their mounting clips?

I have some blinds in a bedroom that fall down EVERY TIME I tug on the cord (these were here when I moved in). There are 3 clip-in metal pieces drilled into the wall, that the blinds "snap" ...
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Roller blinds for bay window with little flat area around

I live in a tenement flat meaning I have a beautiful bay window made up of 3 separate windows. However, when I started looking for roller blinds I realised there is probably not enough flat area ...
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Cordless blinds won't raise completely

I have one vinyl cordless blind that won't raise all the way. To raise, you lift the bottom rail and the blinds go up. About 3-4" from the headrail the blinds stop going up, every once in a ...
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Hiding inside mount cellular blinds in shallow window

I've got some inside mount cellular shades that are about 2" thick. My current windows are very shallow as they are newer windows installed in an older home. All told to the drywall there's only ...
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Cellular blinds: Do I need to go full blackout to get thermal insulation benefits, or will light filtering do?

Considering getting some cellular blinds for our south-facing rooms, which sadly only have single pane and no AC. As a result, the back of the house absolutely radiates heat into the rest (which has ...
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Can I paint a window roller blind with spray paint to reflect sunlight?

I have an IKEA window roller blind similar to this one. The material is 100% plastic. It is however dark blue, so it absorbs a lot of sunlight and so it warms up the apartment. I was thinking of ...
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How can I mount inside-mount blinds which are too wide?

I bought some blinds that were made to size and my measurement seems to be off by 1/8". The blinds themselves fit - albeit just barely - but with the mounting hardware they are too wide by about ...
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Is it normal for the tilt want on blinds to be slanted?

I recently purchased new blinds for my house, and the install team installed them like this: I asked them why the tilt wants are crooked and not parallel to the wall, and they said this is normal and ...
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How to fix roller shade that pulled out of top window frame

My roller shade is mounted in the top inside of the window frame. The shades were here when we moved in. One of the plastic anchor screws broke off in the drywall, and the bracket pulled out of the ...
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Window Replacement Contract Question [closed]

I ordered 16 Window replacement to a company. I paid the advance 4 weeks back. After few days one of their tech tells me that they would install window in 4 to 10 weeks and I would need to take off ...
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Blocking remaining light from bedroom curtains

How can I block the light that gets through the outskirts of my bedroom curtains? See image below. Note I am renting in an apartment so I can't do anything permanent.
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I have a set of Blinds.com black out shades. I can't seem to find the correct brackets

I have a set of blinds.com that is missing the 3-4 brackets that were supposed to come with it. Blinds.com has "mailed out" the brackets twice already. I put brackets because they wouldn't ...
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replace the window blind with one piece broken

one piece of window blind is broken. Please see the attached image. The rental office asked me to replace the whole by myself or pay the full cost for them to replace. I am not sure is that possible ...
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Is it possible to motorize the raising and lowering of cordless blinds?

Backgroud We are in the market for some cordless blinds to cover multiple windows in our home. I would love to eventually have motorized blinds (tilt AND raise / lower) that can integrate with Home ...
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Is it safe to drill through metal on the side of the windows?

I was drilling holes on the side of the window to install new venetian blinds. I found that the drill bit was not going through. Upon taking a closer look I found metal. Why is there metal on the ...
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Roman Blinds Installation [closed]

Hi, I have bought these curtains, but received no screws with them. I have been told they can be mounted directly on the window. What kind of screw head do I need for this to fit to it? The window is ...
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How to mount blind over awkward window casing

I'm mounting a new blind. The brackets require two holes, horizontally. I want to mount them to studs. It's a pull-down blind that will be constantly handled by many people, sometimes roughly. In ...
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How do I remove this roller blinder for cleaning?

In Ireland we have this Luxaflex roller blinder: It seems that should be possible to remove the blind for cleaning without having to remove the screws from the wall. How can I do it?
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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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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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