wood blinds repair - diy
This section will cover the most common repairs for wood blinds as well as the tools to do the job. Tools to accomplish these tasks can, for the most part, be found in each household or can be inexpensively purchased from your local hardware store.
Missing slat staple connectors.
Determine the size of the replacement staple you should use. The correct size staple, when inserted into the existing staple holes of your wood slat should protrude approximately the same distance as the rest of the staples in the other slats in order to maintain proper function of your shutters. If your tilt rod contains an embedded metal strip with eyelets that attach to your slat staple, please skip to the next paragraph for instructions on how to attach/detach the slat staple from the tilt rod. If your tilt rod contains staples, then move your tilt rod and position your slats in the full open position. Position the slat that is missing its staple so that the staple holes in the leading edge of the louver face the tilt rod. With the slats in the full open position, gently roll the tilt rod to the right, then to the left. Select the side that gives you the best access to the staple holes in your slat. Using your needle nose pliers, grasp the staple at the crown. Place a small drop of superglue (GEL) on both end of the staple. With the tilt rod rolled to one side as described above, thread the staple through the tilt rod staple, and then into the two holes in the louver. It is important to push the staple straight in. Take your time, and do not force the staple.
Open the wood blind panel to gain access to back side. Rotate slat so staple holes in louver are facing away from tilt rod. Using your needle nose pliers, grasp the staple at the crown. Place a small drop of superglue (GEL) on both end of the staple. Push staple into the two holes in the louver. It may be necessary to hold the back side of the slat so as to apply back wome back pressure. It is important to push the staple straight in. Take your time, and do not force the staple. First examine the metal strip that is embedded in the tilt rod and ensure that it is not damaged. If any eyelet is missing, or the strip is damaged, replace the tilt rod. Use your needle nose pliers and grasp the bottom of the eyelet and gently bend it away from the tilt rod. Open the eyelet just enough to either connect or disconnect louver. Bending the eyelet too far or frequently will cause it to break so be gentle! Rotate the slat back towards the tilt rod. Move slat staple under opened eyelet. Using your needle nose pliers gently close the eyelet.
Missing tilt rod staple connectors.
Determine the size of the replacement staple you should use. The correct size staple, when inserted into the existing staple holes in your tilt rod, should protrude approximately the same as the other staples in the tilt rod in order to maintain proper function of your shutters. Be sure not to select a staple that is too long. A staple that is too long can break through the front of the tilt rod before its desired position is attained. To attach a slat to the tilt rod, position the tilt rod so all slats are tilted up or down approximately 45 degrees. Using your needle nose pliers, grasp the replacement staple at its crown. Using your other hand, hold the tilt rod in position to receive the staple. Enter the panel from behind with your needle nose pliers containing the replacement staple. Thread the leg of the replacement staple through the staple in the slat, then into the existing staple holes in your tilt rod. Push the staple into the tilt rod approximately 1/8". At this point you may want to place a small amount of super glue on the staple legs prior to fully inserting it.
Removing a louver.
Identify the slat you want to remove from the panel. Using wire-snips cut the louver staple at the center of its crown. Gently spread the staple just far enough to facilitate disconnection from the tilt rod staple. Next, remove the window blind panel and place it on a flat working surface. Using a sharp utility knife, place the blade of the utility knife between the slat and stile and cut the pin with a downward motion. Remove the slat from the panel. Utilize your Vise Grip to remove both halves of slat staple. DO NOT bend, twist, or pry staple. Doing so could cause staple to break. Lock Vise Grips on one half of staple and pull it straight out. Repeat this step for remaining half of staple.
Installing a slat.
Position the tilt rod so that all the slats are in the full open position. Place the thin end of the nylon pin into one of the holes located at the end of the slat. It does not matter which one you select. Locate the pinhole in the stile. Place the fat end of the spring-loaded replacement pin into one of these holes. With the nylon pin still in the slat, place the fat end of the nylon pin into hole opposite the spring-loaded pin. If you find that the repair pin will not go all the way into your stile hole, simply drill it a bit deeper using a 1/4" drill bit. With the nylon pin in its stile hole, depress the spring-loaded louver pin and move the slat over it until the pin pops into the slat hole.
Replacing a damaged slat.
First asses the damage and determine if you want to try and repair your damaged slat or replace it. If a slat just has superficial surface damage, this can be repaired using wood filler. Replacement of the slat will be necessary if; it is missing pieces of wood, the staple has ripped out and damaged the slat, the pin has torn out and damaged the slat. Replacement slats can be ordered that will match your existing louvers, and can be installed easily without any special tools. The instructions that come with each slat replacement kit are written in plain English and are easy to understand.
Removing a tilt rod.
If the damaged tilt rod contains staples, snip the tilt rod staples and remove the damaged tilt rod.
If the damaged tilt rod has an aluminum strip that is connected to your louvers, utilizing your needle nose pliers, grasp the bottom of each aluminum eyelet and bend it away slightly from the tilt rod. This will open the eyelet allowing detachment of each louver from the tilt rod.
Installing a tilt rod
These instructions are contained in the instructions included in tilt rod replacement kit.
Hardware is attached with either flat head, or Phillips head screws. Utilizing a screwdriver remove the panel from hardware. Remember to number your panels in a way so that you will be able to put them back in the same location when re-installing.