A Detailed Guideline on Fixing Vertical Blind Wands
Window blinds and shades are a popular window treatment solutions in homes and offices today. They are gorgeous in appearance; they help create a pleasant and comfortable ambiance at home by keeping out heat and cold as needed and are easy to operate. There are different types of blinds in the market ranging from real wood blinds, Venetian blinds, aluminum mini blinds, fabric blinds, etc. They differ in their functionality, material used, operational mechanism and also structurally. There are primarily two types of blinds based on structural features. Horizontal blinds that come with horizontal slats can be raised or lowered, or vertical blinds that have vertical slats and open sideways from the center or from either the left or right side.
Vertical blinds are a popular choice for covering large windows, patio and sliding doors. The practicality, reliability, light controlling flexibility, and privacy that vertical blinds offer have made them a favorable choice for most of the residential and commercial spaces. When installed properly these blinds can create a voguish and phenomenal look that will enrich the overall home décor. Unlike other window blinds, these blinds also come in different accessories and a vertical blind tilt wand is one of them which is used to open and close the slats of the blinds. However, the tilt control can become hard to use over time and can develop operational issues. Purchasing a new blind is out of the question because it means substantial investment. These issues, if not very serious can be addressed at home.
Ways of Fixing Blind Wand that Won’t Turn
If your vertical blind wand is not turning then there are two ways to fix it – By connecting the tilt mechanism or replacing the tilt wand. We will show you both the ways so that you can choose the one that is suitable for your product –
Connecting with Tilt Mechanism
• Step 1: Remove the blinds from the window frame and place them on a plain surface.
• Step 2:Take off the end caps of the headrail by hand.
• Step 3: Check for the headrail at the end of the blind where the tilt wand is placed. You will see one long metal rod that extends across the width of the headrail.
• Step 4: Now, push the wand into the headrail until it connects the tilt mechanism and turn the wand to ensure the slats are working fine.
• Step 5: Place the blinds back on the window.
Replace Tilt Wand
• Step 1: First, eliminate the end stiffener from the edges of the vertical window blinds where the tilt wand is situated.
• Step 2: Remove the C-clamp which is used to support the tilt rod and take out the rod from the wand mechanism.
• Step 3: Put a screwdriver between the seam under the headrail and take away the wand from the headrail.
• Step 4: After releasing the wand tilt mechanism, replace the tilt control with a new one and put it back in the headrail. Re-insert the C-clamp and end stiffeners you removed earlier.
• Step 5: Hang the blinds back into the window and operate them to make sure smooth working functionality.
Depending on the vertical blind type and the damage to wand control, choose one mechanism and implement it. Following the above DIY guidelines will make your job done easier. But sometimes, the process steps can vary depending on various factors and damage types. So, it’s better to consult with the experts for professional tips!
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused by 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.