Blinds are great until they decide to take matters in their own hand and keep falling down! That can get really annoying!
Blinds have been popular for a long time, mostly due to their durability and unique style. In the last decade, modern innovation in the world of blind fabric and materials, as well as in their operation, has made blinds more sophisticated and smarter than ever. Now, you can easily find a blind that fits both in your budget and your choice of décor.
However, blinds do throw occasional operational troubles. Luckily of the users, blinds follow a simple operational mechanism and fixing them are quite easy. All you need is a bit of time and patience.
Let us look at five common installation problems that might be causing your blind to fall down on its own.
Faulty Installation of Brackets
If your blind keeps falling down, the fault may lie in an incorrect installation. If the brackets are set too wide apart, the blind might be loose and can come down. You can easily correct the problem with a hammer.
If the bracket is fitted outside the frame, you can use a hammer to make the bracket tilt a bit to the inside. On the other hand, if the bracket is fitted inside the frame, use shims. Shims can be carved out of cardboard, cut into a piece slightly smaller than the bracket. Bring the blind down. Unscrew the bracket and slide the cardboard under it. If necessary, add more than one shim. Secure the brackets back on and repeat the same process with the other one. You’ll find that the blind now sit more tightly between the brackets and does not fall down.
Wrong Cord Size
Most blinds come with cords. Cords are an important part of the whole operational mechanism. If your blinds have the wrong cord size, they will cause several malfunctions. It is advisable to get the right cords before installation.
However, if the blind is already installed when you have realized that the cord sizes are wrong, you can replace them easily at home.
Take down the blinds and use pliers to take off the button that holds the ladder tape on. Once done, you will see the cord end. Use scissors to cut off the knot at the end and then pull it out. Keep the washers aside for you’ll need them for the new string. Insert the new cord in a needle and use the needle to insert it in the string gap.
Tie the new cord at the bottom using the old washers you had kept aside. Slide back the bottom and top rail into the slide rack. Thread the string into the cord lock and put the cord lock back in place on the top rail.
Cord Lock not Working
If none of the above is the reason, you can try looking int the cord lock mechanism. It comes with some complex bit of small parts, and it is advisable to look at them part by part.
Lift Cord: Make sure that the lift cord is not twisted and runs straight up into the cord lock without any obstructions. Also, make sure that the lift cord is not tangled between the cord lock and the headrail. The lift cord should be attached to the headrail through the control route or punch in the headrail.
Roller Pin: See if the roller pin is moving up and down the truck without any obstruction.
Tape Roll Support: Small blinds, especially ones with the same side control, usually come with tape roll support, which is situated near the cord lock mechanism. This proximity sometimes can make the lift cord rubs against the tape roll support. Try to get the lift cord away.
If the roller shade won’t lock, then it might have something to do with the ratchet in the roller. Sometimes, the dust accumulated at the rachet jams the locking mechanism. To correct the problem, take the shade out of its brackets. Now, take off the metal cap at the end. Use a brush to clean the dust from the pawl and rachet. If possible, use some oil to lubricate the area. Replace the cap and readjust the spring tension in the way described above. Your shade should work fine now.
Loose springs within the roller pin can make the blind fall down. Spring tension can be a common cause for a wide host of problems. Faulty spring tension can make a blind go up too fast, or make the blind go up too slow, or just fall down.
Here is an easy way of correcting spring tension in a roller blind. Close the shade and take it down from the bracket. Now you need to hold the roller in your hand and manually lower the fabric up to half of the full length. This should correct the tension spring. Put the shade back in its bracket and see if the shade works better.
If that does not work, try this! Bring down the blind. Use the pliers to twist the flat pin at the end of the roller in a clockwise direction. You will feel the spring release from inside. The sound you are looking for is that of the ‘pawl’ releasing the rachet.
If you get around these common problems, your blinds are going to last for a long time, provided you handle them with care. Each blind comes with their specific handling instructions and care routines. However, some useful tip, that are applicable for all blinds, are given below.
Tip 1- If you need to open or shut a door or window with binds on it, make sure that the blind is open.
Tip 2: Never try to open or close a window, by putting your hands through the vanes.
Tip 3: Also, make sure that the slats are open when you are lowering or raising your blinds.