Are you finding it difficult to lower your roller blind? It is possible that the chain might have got caught in the top cog and become quite hard to pull. When it is not coming down smoothly, don’t keep pulling it because the chain will pop off the mechanism or you may end up breaking it.
Roller blinds are long-lasting because they are typically made of steel tubes and high-quality fabrics. They can survive changing temperatures and prolonged usage. Available in different colors and fabrics, roller blinds are aesthetically appealing and enhance the beauty of your home, while ensuring enough privacy. They provide you more control over the amount of light you let into your room than drapes do. During summer, pull the blinds down over the window to keep your home cool. In winter, raise them up to give daylight access, so that your room gets warmer. Thus, roller blinds insulate your home and help you save on electricity bills.
Roller blinds equipped with a grate chain are easy to install and use. Raising and lowering them involves a simple process.They work smoothly and flawlessly for a long time. However, sometimes the cord or chain may come off the control mechanism. This happens when you or pull the chain a little off the angle, or it has become worn. When the chain is off the control mechanism, it will be difficult to use the blind, or worse, the blind might become defunct. If this happens, there are simple ways to fix it. Blinds come in different models and brands. You can refer to the manual that comes with your blinds to know the specifications of the model and its assembly. Each brand will be a little different, but the method to put the chain back will generally be the same.
Go through the following step-by-step guide to learn how to put the chain back on a roller blind without much trouble. Things you need: Flat-head screwdriver, a pair of pliers.
- Take the blind off the brackets: First, roll the blind up completely so that no excess material is hanging down from it. Remove valances and any other accessories. Then, look for the pin on the side of the cord and push it in. You can use a screwdriver if needed. This will release the roller blind from the brackets so that you can take it off the mount.
- Pop the clutch off: If your blinds have chain-style cords, pop the clutch off using a flat-head screwdriver.
- Pull the chain out: Locate the connector of the chain. Pull the chain out of the connector. If you find it difficult to do, open the connector and pull the chain out. Keep the connector aside.
- Put the chain back: Hold the clutch and insert the tip of the chain through the left side of the guard. Using your thumb, press the chain into the pully teeth so that the balls of the chain sit in place. Keep rotating the pully teeth until the chain comes out of the right side of the guard. With your fingers or a pair of pliers, pull the chain down. Pass the chain through the clutch. Both the ends of the chain should now dangle out of the clutch.
- Mount the blinds back: Fix the clutch back into the blinds. Then, mount the blinds up on the wall. Bring both ends of the chain together, after passing it through the bottom roller.
Sometimes, you may find the plastic teeth on the roller clutch worn out, which makes the chain gets stuck on the gears. This might call for replacing the clutch with a new one. Follow these steps:
- Take the blind off the mount.
- Remove the screws to take out the old clutch from the top rail. Slip the chain off it.
- Now you have to reattach the chain to the new clutch. Slip the chain into the clutch. so that each bearing fits into a gear. Ensure that both the ends of the chain are dangling out the clutch.
- Reattach the clutch to the top rail.
- Reinstall the roller blind onto the window frame.
- You can see that the chain movement is now really smooth.
If the bead chain of your roller blind is broken, you will have to remove the broken chain and put in a new one.
- Get a new chain, depending on the length and the size of the balls you need.
- You don’t need to take down the blind from the mount. Just start rolling the broken chain out of the clutch. Keep doing it until the chain comes out.
- Take the new chain and insert it at the bottom of the clutch. Slip one of the ball beads into the teeth of the gear. Start rotating the gear slowly, so that each ball bearing sits in the slot.
- Pull the chain out from the other side and level both ends. With the new chain in place, the roller blind functions like new again.
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.