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How to Fix Blinds and Shades

How to Fix Blinds and Shades

 

Faux and Real Wood Blinds or Hunter Douglas Everwood Blind Collection

Problem:  Wand turns, but slats on blind won't move.

Solution:  You need to replace wand tilter in headrail, you need to replace the wand, or the ladders on blind have shifted and are not on over barrels inside blind headrail (this is more common when the blind has been removed or newly installed)  High Profile Wand Tilter  Low Profile Wand Tilter

 

Problem:  Lift cord is stuck and will not allow blind to retract.

Solution:  Need to replace lift strings due to age which causes to much drag or you the string may be rubbing on headrail as it travels through the holes on the bottom of the headrail.

 

Honeycomb or Pleated Shades or Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb Shades

Problem:  Pull cord is stuck and will not move.

Solution:  Corlock system may need to be replaced due to cord has worn a groove in cordlock body which caused the cord to fray and with the groove it does not allow mechanism to run smoothly through cordlock mechanism. Hunter Douglas 3/4" Honeycomb Shade Cordlock System Body 

Problem:  The bottom rail is not level or the shade height is to short or to long.

Solution:  Hunter Douglas and some other brands have a pocket and ferrule system on the bottom of the bottom bar that allows you to adjust the level of the shade and the length of the shade.  To adjust pull out the ferrule which is inserted into the pocket.  then adjust the shade string up or down.  Re-insert the ferrule and your shade is now correct.  If your honeycomb shade does not have a pocket and ferrule, then you have to adjust your shade by the strings that you use to pull the shade up and down with.  The cords should come together into a cord tassel.  Undo the cords from the cord tassel and straighten them when the bottom bar is slightly lift off the bottom of the window sill so you can see if it is level or not.  Then put the cords back into the cord tassel.

 

Problem:  The shade will not stay in the raised position. 

 

Solution:  To lock the shade in the raised position (or anywhere along the path  to the fully raised position), engage the locking mechanism at the top of the cord by pulling the cord straight down, or toward the outside of the shade. 

 

Bamboo Shades or Woven Wood Shades

 Problem:  The bamboo or woven wood shade brackets are broken or you cannot find them.

 

Solution:  Orders new ones.  Bamboo Shade Mounting Bracket - Outside Mount - Sold in pairs  Bamboo Shade Mounting Bracket - Inside Mount - Sold in pairs

 

Problem:  Lift cord moves, but shade does not move upward or when it does move it is crooked.

Solution:  Most likely the rings on the back of the bamboo shade have become detached due to usage and need to be sewn back on or you may need new cordlock mechanism.

Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shades

Problem:  The clear plastic piece of my Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shade bracket broke off.  This is a common issue with the older brackets.  The newly update ones have a plastic piece that is fully attached and will not come off easy.

Solution:  Purchase the newly redesigned brackets that do not have the clear piece and will work with any Silhouette Shade manufactured from 1991 to now.  Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shade Mounting Brackets - Sold in pairs

 

Problem:  Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shade circular or Continuous pull string broke.

Solution:  Do not try to mend it together by glueing it or melting it together because it will not hold together.  These strings are mended together with a precise mending machine.  Replace continuous cord by taking off end cap and feeding cord through clutch.  2.7mm Continuous Cord Loop

 

 

Problem:  The shading raises or lowers unevenly or the bottom rail is uneven when fully raised. 

 

Solution:  Check that the window is square by measuring the diagonals.  Check that the installation brackets are level. Shim to level, if necessary.  Adjust the bottom rail weight.

 

How to adjust the rail weight on the bottom bar:   

 

To release the weight clip, insert a flat blade screwdriver into the weight clip and turn clockwise. 

Move the weight in 1" increments toward the side where the fabric is gathering. 

 

 

Problem:  Silhouette shade goes up crooked.

Solution:  This usually happens when a shade has been taken down after originally installed.  You need to use the weight on the under part of the bottom rail to adjust the shade.  See instructions above on how to adjust the rail weight on the bottom bar.

Hunter Douglas Vignette Shade

Problem:  The shade will not snap into the Hunter Douglas Vignette installation brackets. 

 

Solution:  Check that the installation brackets are aligned and level.  The window may be out of square. To check if the window is square, measure the diagonals. Level the headrail by shimming the installation brackets, if necessary.  Check that the headrail is correctly inserted into the installation brackets. Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman Shades Mounting Brackets - Sold in pairs - Each package contains 2 mounting brackets

 

Problem:  The shade is hard to raise or lower, or will not raise or lower. 

 

Solution:  1.Check that the cord tensioner is mounted correctly. See Universal Cord Tensioner Installation Instructions in the kit included with your shade. 2. Check that the headrail and installation brackets are level and aligned in the window. 3.The window may be out of square. To check if the window is square, measure the diagonals. Level the headrail by shimming the installation brackets, if necessary. 4.Make sure the fabric is not caught in the installation bracket. If the bottom rail is pulled inside the headrail, gently pull it 

out by hand. 5. Check that cord loops are not pinched or tangled. 6.If hold-down brackets are used, make sure they have been released before operating the shade.

 

Problem:  The shade raises or lowers unevenly, or the bottom rail is uneven when fully raised. 

 

Solution:  Check that the window is square by measuring the diagonals. Check that the headrail is level. Shim the installation brackets to level, if necessary. Check that the top of the fabric (midrail) is level. Adjust by hand. 

Access the weight on the back of the bottom rail. Push up on the weight clips to release. Slide the clips and 

weight in 1" increments toward the side where the fabric is gathering.