What Makes Blinds a Valuable Addition to Your Home Décor?
Window treatments form a crucial part of furnishing your home interiors. The window coverings make the home décor look more aesthetically appealing, welcoming, and hospitable. But window coverings such as blinds aren’t limited to being just a decorative addition to the home décor. They, in fact, provide a very functional and efficient edge to the interiors of the house.
By improving the thermal insulation of theinteriors, blinds enhance the energy efficiency of the heat control appliances such as your air conditioner and the thermostat in your house. UV exposure and glare is a big issue with uncovered windows. Blinds and other such window coverings help you avoid these issues altogether.
Privacy is a priority for almost everyone, especially in the private sections of your house such as the bathroom and the bedroom. You can’t keep the windows in such locations uncovered as not only it ruins the visual appeal of décor in that area, your privacy is also compromised. Blinds help solve that issue too by providing ample coverage to the windows and accentuate the window frame too in the process.
Hence, blinds and other such window coverings are as practical and useful as they are aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Why Blinds Get Damaged
Blinds are usually quite durable and provide benefits such as energy efficiency, light control, privacy protection, and blackout performance over the long-term. The benefits get translated into comfortable and pleasant interiors along with significant savings due to lower energy bills. This makes them a valuable proposition. But this does not mean that there are no issues with respect to blinds that homeowners have to face.
Blinds, just like any other window covering option, get damaged or develop some glitches over a period of time. At times the damage may be accidental but more often than not the reason is normal wear and tear due to prolonged use, lack of proper maintenance from time to time, or improper way of handling the blinds. Broken blind slats, stuck blinds, misaligned blinds, etc. are some of the most common issues related to blinds.
These issues are nothing unusual and are bound to crop up due to the prolonged use of your set of blinds. The good thing is that most of these issues are quite easy to fix and the same can be undertaken by yourself at home. You don’t necessarily need to avail the services of a technician and splurge a significant amount of money on getting the blinds fixed.
What is a Blind Pulley?
The blind pulley is a mechanism that is used to move the blinds up and down. You tug on the pull cord and the pulley system caused the blinds to lower down or alight depending on your choice. The blind pulleys are more prevalent in blinds such as the roller blinds that make use of the efficient and smooth roller mechanism.
How to Fix a Broken Blind Pulley?
Blinds make for a fascinating sight due to the aesthetic upliftment they impart to the interiors. Moreover, the blinds also help create a pleasant and comfortable environment inside the house. However, there may be instances where the blinds don’t work smoothly or properly, the blinds don’t lower or the blinds get stuck. Such issues can sometimes be due to a faulty component in the operational mechanism of the blinds. A broken blind pulley or a broken blind clutch can be some of the most prominent reasons for the same.
Hence, it is only imperative that you know how to solve such issues on your own. It not only saves you the money you would have to dispense with to hire a technician but also save your precious time that you would have to spend waiting for the technical help to arrive. Broken blind pulleys are a common problem that can creep up. Let us look at how you can fix your broken blind pulley by following a few simple steps:
- Step 1: Unmount the blinds: Some blinds have a little pin on the other side of the cord. Push that pin to release the blinds. You can now take the blinds off of the mount.
- Step 2: Pop the clutch off: Once it is done, you can go ahead and pop off the blind clutch. However, it is advisable to use a flat-head screwdriver to do that as it can help you pop off the clutch easily and without damaging the components.
- Step 3: Pull the chain out: Once the clutch is removed, you will get access to the blind pulley and the chain that allows the blinds to roll up or roll down. At this point, you can try cleaning and lubricating the pulley. It may fix the problem of blinds not opening and closing smoothly. If the problem persists, you will need to pullout the chain. For doing that, search the chain for the connector first and pop one of the ends of the chain out of the connector. Then pull then chain out. Be careful not to misplace the connector as you will need it later.
- Step 4: Replace the blind pulley: Examine the blind pulley. If it is broken or faulty, you will need to replace the pulley.
- Step 5: Re-thread the chain: Once the pulley is replaced, it is time to re-assemble the other components. You can start by putting the chain back into place. For that, hold the clutch with its barrel facing upwards and keep the base facing down. Now thread one end of the chain up through the guard by sliding the tip of the chain through the left side of the guard.
- Step 6: Fix the chain into the pulley teeth: To fix the chain into its position, you need to press the chain into the pulley teeth. For that, hold about an inch length of the chain against the pulley teeth and pressdown on the chain with your thumb until it pops into place.
- Step 7: Rotate the pulley teeth: Once you have pressed the tip of the chain into the pulley teeth, you need to rotate the pulley to keep pressing the remaining of the chain inside the rest of the pulley teeth. Keep rotating the pulley and pressing the chain into the pulley teeth until the other tip of the chain reaches the left side of the guard.
- Step 8:Pull the chain through the clutch: Keep rotating the pulley teeth until some portion of the chain comes out of the right side of the guard as well. The chain should now be fed through the blind clutch with both ends of the chain dangling out from either side of the clutch.
- Step 9: Reassemble the blinds: Pop the clutch back into its place in the blinds and then mount the blinds back up and hang them back up.
- Step 10: Connect both ends of the chain: Feed the chain dangling from both sides of the clutch through the bottom roller and then bring both ends together. Once you have done that, you can now fit the connector over both ends and snap the connector shut. If the chain seems too long you can trim it down a bit before connecting both ends.
- Step 11: This is all that you need to do. Now your broken blind pulley has been replaced and the blinds have been mounted back up. Try opening and closing the blinds a few times to ensure that everything is working smoothly. If everything is working fine, you are good to go.
Blinds are highly customizable and that helps with the repairs and maintenance as well. Quite a few components have alternative replacements and that allows you to modify your user experience to a large extent. From changing the material of the blinds to picking the quality of the mechanical parts, you get greater control over how your blinds shape up and perform.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged 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.