How to change the blind rope
It has happened to us that we are going to raise or lower our blinds and literally, we have left on the rope in hand. String deterioration is one of the most common failures presented by the blinds of homes and can occur due to wear, having poor quality ropes installed or due to a factory defect.
Whatever the case, below we will bring you a step by step guide, for what you can change the rope of your blind quickly and easily. Additionally, this guide can help you prevent the strings on your other blinds from breaking without warning. All right, let’s get to work!
How to change the rope of a blind: Step by step
In general, the procedure for replacing a blind rope is fairly straightforward; But to run it properly, you need to pay attention to every step you take. To get started, you will need to get hold of the following materials:
Tools and Materials:
- Rope or tape for blinds.
- Pair of scissors.
- Measuring tape.
- Spade and star tip screwdriver.
Step 1: To change the rope, the first thing you will do is fully unfold the shade. In this way, you will be able to extract the upper part of the drawer without major complications.
Step 2: Remove the screw that is responsible for keeping the strings attached to the rotary axis of the blind. What we are looking for with this action is to prevent it from moving and making our work difficult.
In some blinds, these screws are made of plastic; so you must be very careful not to break them or isolate the heads during the extraction process.
Step 3: Now, cut the old rope and remove it. Once finished, proceed to remove the drawer cover (also called the trim) to access the interior collector.
Step 4: Remove the pickup that is located at the bottom of the blind and proceed to extract all the rope.
It is necessary to highlight the importance of the new rope having the same length as the one we have just removed. It is also possible to calculate the length, measuring from the top to the bottom of the shade and multiplying that amount by four. In this way we will make sure that the rope will be long enough to cover the entire route and that it will go down completely without problems.
Step 5: Proceed to place one of the ends of the rope, on the upper axis of the box. Now, make a small knot and pass it through the strap to fix it. Once you have passed all the rope, turn the shaft by hand about 3/4 of its capacity; what we are looking for is that the string is collected on the disk.
Step 6: Put the screws you removed back into the Step 2; These are the ones that keep the rope attached to the central axis. Once attached, place the lid over the drawer to begin passing the rope from the outside of the trim. You will have to continue with this step, until you reach the lower catcher.
Step 7: Very carefully turn the pickup all the way until the rope spring is taut, then tighten it to prevent it from disengaging. When you finish, proceed to screw the end of the rope that is free and let the force of the spring thread the rope again.
Step 8: Finally, screw the bezel back on and carry out a short test run. In case the blind does not work properly, you will have to make a diagnosis and check which step has not been successful; in order to correct it. Once the process is finished, you will have perfectly functional blinds that will last many years more without presenting any fault.
The procedure that we have brought you is one of the simplest that exists, therefore its effectiveness rate is considerably high. But it is necessary that you do not skip any essential step, or that force none of the elements of the blind when you handle them; some models include plastic screws that can break if handled with great force, so use great care.
On the other hand, just as there are multiple types of blinds for homes or closed areas; there is a great variety of manufacturing materials. Sometimes, the material can make a difference in the process of changing an element or the composition of the same. For this reason, below we will teach you how to change the cords of an aluminum blind; in case your problem is this:
How to change the rope of aluminum blinds
In this case, we present you with two possible problems that could arise in your blinds. In this way, you will know how to proceed in the simplest way possible:
1) The blind does not go up / down all the way when pulling the rope
To solve this fault, it is necessary to remove the cover of the blind drawer; in this way we can access the mechanism of it. Once achieved, proceed to remove the springs that are located between the shaft and the panel; In this way you will be able to extract all the rope from the catcher (stopping it to prevent it from entering it).
Now, turn the axle disk in the opposite direction to pick up the rope that we take out of the pickup. Once it reaches the top, we will put the springs back in the panel and we will pass to check the operation of the mechanism.
If the steps have been carried out in the correct way, the blind will go up and down perfectly. If not, make sure that each step has been carried out as indicated.
2) The blind does not stay up and lowers by itself
Many times the rope will not stay on the catcher tab, causing the rope to drop. To solve this problem, it is necessary to remove the dustpan from the wall.
To begin, you will have to make sure if the rope passes through a slit located in the catcher; since the rope may snag on the flange. If so, the tab will need to be repaired or closed to keep it in place. It should be noted that it is important not to completely close the space or otherwise, the rope will not advance freely and we will have a displacement problem.
Once all the steps are finished, your blinds will not have no problem related to strings for years. Take into consideration replace them periodically or when you notice that they begin to deteriorate. Further, perform regular maintenance in order to promote better operation.