It is difficult to overstate the importance of blinds in our lives. The modern living requires simple, compact solutions to all our problems. And window treatments are no different.
Blinds are a one stop solution for a variety of requirements; the most important being insulation, light control, and privacy. You can also add additional features like sound reduction, fire retardancy, and so on. It is safe to say that insulation and light control are the two dominant features that guide our choice when it comes to blind shopping. While blackout fabrics give night like effect, solar shades provide plenty of light without the glare. Magic blinds provide a combination of both, with solar shades providing light, and Venetian slat like structures giving greater flexibility over the light. The blind fabric can also determine the comfort level of your room. For greater insulation, go for thicker fabric, while cellular shades provide both insulation and natural light.
With so many options, a lot of effort goes into blind selection and installation. But imagine the disappointment when the blind stops working or does not work as it is supposed to. Is it time to replace them? Not at all!
Like all things that are used regularly, blinds too, experience operational glitches. Most of these issues can be traced back to the pull cords.
During the operation of the blinds, pull cords are used almost at a daily basis. This is why pull cords come apart or simply snap. If you have pets, these cords are likely to get more than their fair share of attention. However, it would be a shame if a perfectly find blind has to be written off just for a damaged pull cord. No need to go into all that unnecessary expense. All you need to do is repair the pull cord. You can try out the following simple methods to repair you damaged pull cord.
Repairing a Pull Cord
To repair a pull cord, you will need a replacement cord, tassel or pull ends, and scissors. It a big list, but you are likely to find most of them somewhere in your tool shed.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.
Step 1: Take the broken cord and snip off any extra threads.
Step 2: Take the end of the new cord and place it on top of the broken end.
Step 3: Hold the two ends together and try to place a lighter under the joints. It will be useful to have someone help you in this step.
Step 4: Keep the lighter on until you see the ends melting to merge together.
Step 5: Once the merging starts, quickly put off the flame.
Step 6: Rub the two ends together and roll it around in your fingers.
Step 7: Let the cords cool down and give them some experimental pulls. If the cord does not break, you have a new cord. Now you need to thread it in place.
Step 8: Pull on the other cord that is hanging from the headrail until the newly joined bit can be seen at the cord separator.
Step 9: Take the plug away from the bottom rail.
Step 10: Start pulling the knotted end of the cord away from the bottom rail. This will allow the new cord to pass through the ladder into the bottom rail.
Step 11: Tie a knot at the end of the cord.
Step 12: Put the bottom rail plug back on.
Step 13: For the last bit, tug the cord at the headrail to make sure it is taut enough.
Step 14: Put the tassel on if needed.
Repair with a Tape
You can also repair a cord with tape. You will need masking step for this.
Just as described above, attach the broken end of the old cord with the new cord and join them together with a masking tape. Then repeat Step 8- Step 14 to get the cord up and running again.
However, if this does not work, maybe it is time to replace the cords.
Replacing a Pull Cord
In case of completely frayed pull cord, or damaged ones, it will be a good idea to replace them. Before purchasing a replacement cord, please read the manufacturer requirement carefully. You can get a replacement cord in your local hardware shop or from your blind manufacturer.
You will need to take you blinds down. If you want to take the stress out of reassembly, take a few pictures before taking the blind down.
To replace a pull cord, you will need:
- Replacement Cord
- A restringing Needle
Step 1: You will need to take the blinds down for this. Just follow the instructions laid out by the manufacturer for this step.
Step 2: You will notice that there are two end caps at the end of the both top and bottom rails. Remove them.
Step 3: Locate the cord lock on the top rail and detach it.
Step 4: Gently pull out the top and bottom rail. You should be able to see the cords now.
Step 5: Remove the washers and keep a note of their positions. Take a picture if you wish.
Step 6: Now gently pull out the old string.
Step 7: String the needle with the replacement string and pull the needle through the holes to get the pull cord into the blind.
Step 8: Put the washers back in position and tie a knot at the end of the string.
Step 9: Slide the top and bottom rails back into their previous positions.
Step 10: Run the string through the cord lock mechanism.
Step 11: The cord lock should be placed back into the top rail.
Step 12: Put the end caps back and hand the blind back into the brackets. Your blind is up and running again.
With these easy methods, get your pull cord back into business and enjoy the benefits of a fully functional blind for a long, long time.