handyman vertical blindsI have a customer who has a large broken vertical window blind, so she called her handyman. The only problem is that the vanes no longer twist to the open and closed positions. On this particular blind, there were two cords on one side. The short cord is used to rotate the vanes, and the longer cord to retract all of the vanes to one side. The short cord would move, but something in the head rail was broken and the vanes didn’t move.

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This head rail was ten feet long and would have to be a special order item. The clips that hold the vanes in place are all universal. But the way the head rail mounts to the wall may vary. If you are lucky, the head rail will attach in the existing supports.

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Remove the vanes by spreading the clips enough to lift the vane up and out of the clip and set the vanes aside. When they are all removed, it is time to remove the head rail. There is a spring-type clip that holds the rail in place. Push on the back of the spring clip and slightly rotate the rail forward to free it from the clip. I remove the outermost clips first so that the only one left is in the center. This way it is easy to balance the rail while you remove it.

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At this point you may have to replace the wall supports, or you may just be able to rotate the new head rail into the old clips.  Once you have the rail up, you can adjust it for the distance from the wall and then re-hang the vanes.

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