Vertical Blinds: When To Repair Them Yourself And When Not To
Repair Vertical Blinds
Three definitions of vertical blinds I have come across are:
1. Up right window treatment featuring vertical veins that can be swiveled open and closed or opened into a split or one way stack.
2. Strips of fabric suspended vertically from a head rail. Immensely practical blind, which comes into its own or larger sizes.
3.Similar to Venetian Blinds but slats run vertical and are on a transverse track.
So how does one repair vertical blinds? If all you need is a stem replaced for your vertical blinds track, then it is possible to repair vertical blinds your self. If the carrier its self is cracked then the stem or worm gear wonít work, you need a whole new track first. The body carrier is a plastic gadget that holds the vertical stem in place.
The steps to fixing the stem are as such: 1. Use the metal beaded chain to rotate the veins open. They have to be opened exactly straight. 2. Use a pair of need nose pliers to remove the stem by using a twisting action against the carrier body and base of the stem. The stem should pop out fairly easy. 3. Next remove the worm gear from the carrier body. The track needs to be straight open for this gear to come out. Now examine all 3 parts. You have the carrier body the worm gear and the stem. 4. If the worm gear needs replacing as well now is the time to do so. Gently remove it by grabbing it by the tip and pulling it off. To put in a new one you grab the tip again with the comb or teeth side facing up. Now slip it into place. 5. Replace the stem by squeezing the tip of the worm gear together. Place one finger on each side of the worm gear so it doesnít move. Apply ample pressure to snap the stem in place. Itís done. Now hang the vein back on. Finished.
To get parts to repair vertical blinds there are many stores available on and off line. There are kits with replacement valance clips, brackets, carriers, carrier stems, Wand master carrier, Chain and bottom weights, end controls, repair parts, replacement valances and louvers (veins), replacement tracks, Motorized parts, string cords, and Installation hardware. I do suggest if you donít know what you are doing to consult with a professional so you donít make matters worse.
There are louver repair kits. You align a press and stick tab over each broken hole and you can hang your louver back up. They are called Vertical Blind repair tab sets. They will run you about $9.95.
Although the sets to repair vertical blinds come with instructions and illustrations, I suggest if you donít understand them then get someone who does. You donít want to permanently damage the blind that may not cost that much to repair in the first place. When in doubt hire a professional.