Blinds & Shades Technical Tips
How To Replace The Blinds Lift Cord
Cords break, rip, get chewed by pets and even sometimes get cut by accident. That includes the lift cord on your blinds. The most common cause, however, is simple wear and tear over the years. If you pull frequently on the cord, it will create friction, with in turn causes heat, which in turn weakens some materials - and that includes cords.
Replacing a worn or cut blind cord is not all that difficult, and you do not even have to remove the blind from the window. Here is your handy guide to replacing your lift cord.
- Call our Customer Service desk to order a replacement cord. Before you call, gather your paperwork together and find the work order number of the blind. You will be asked for it as soon as you reach Customer Service, because they will need the number to send you the right length of cord.
- When your replacement cord arrives, grab the broken end of the cord that needs replacing. Clip any excess fray you find at the end of the cord, but do not start pulling the broken cord or the tassels just yet.
- Now take one end of the replacement cord and splice it to the broken end of the cord old cord. You can do this by placing them end to end and using masking tape to hold them in place together. If you are adventuresome and patient, and do not have any tape available, you could place the two cords end-to-end and light a flame underneath them until you see a little melting begin. Quickly douse the flame and roll the two ends back and forth together before they cool. They should then stick together. This tip does work, even if you have to try it a few times, but it is easier with tape.
- With the two ends now joined, pull the cord up through the headrail until you see the splice (tape or melt).
- So much for the top. Now remove the bottomrail plug.
- Repeat step 3 with the bottom of the broken cord and the other end of the new cord.
- Pull down the knotted end of the cord from beneath the bottomrail plug. In so doing, you are pulling the replacement cord through the ladder and right through the bottomrail.
- Tie a knot at the end of the new cord and tuck it into the bottomrail along with the ends of the cord ladder. Don't forget to replace the bottomrail plug.
- Back up at the headrail, pull the new cord taut enough to remove any slack in the ladder. Measure where to place the tassel so that it rests A) even with the other tassel , or B) if gathered together at a joiner ball, even with the other cords joined there). Once you know where to tie a knot, tie it.