Fix window shade problems with a do it yourself solution

The window shade has a simple function therefore its malfunctions may be easy to repair. For common problems there is a DIY solution.

When you deal with a blinder that goes up too fast, you must know that the roller that keeps the shade in place contains a tension spring.

When the spring is wounded too tight the blind goes up too fast.
The solution is to lift the roller out of the bracket, after rolling up the shade. When you hold the roller in your hand, unroll the shade manually until it reaches half of the length of the window. Place the roller back into the brackets and trigger the shade to go back up, under a normal tension.
If the problem still persists, repeat the process until the blind’s return is milder.

If  the blinder goes up too slow, it means that the tension spring is too loose. The shade must be lowered down at half of the window height and then lift out the roller from the brackets of the window.The shade is rolled manually back up in the position used when it is open on the window.
Now place the roller back and test the system. If you pull down the shade and it goes to slow, then repeat the process until you find the tension more to your liking.

In some cases, the blinder won’t go down at all. The cause for this is the tension spring which is locked up inside the roller. First, the roller must be removed completely from the window and with standard size pliers twist clockwise the flat pin at the end of it. You should hear and feel the internal ratchet being released. The sound you’ve heard is the internal ”pawl” (which is a latch that allows for movements towards one direction) which releases the ratchet. Finally, the spring must be readjusted through the same method as the problem mentioned above, when the blind goes up too slow.

In the case of a shade that won’t go up, the shade must be removed entirely. With the use of pliers, steer the flat sided pin in a clockwise direction until you meet resistance. The latch will engage when you stop. The roller goes back intro the window brackets. The speed is adjusted by using the adjustment of the tension method recommended prior to this case.

When the shade is cracked it is the time to replace the shade fabric if your tension roller still works. Unroll the removed shade from the window until you can reach the top of it. It may be stapled or adhered to the roller itself. You can pull off and the discard the old shade fabric.
For replacing the old shade, use any fabric with equal width, length and a firm composition. You can use upholstery glue to securely attach the fabric and wait for it to dry before focusing back on window. You can choose stapling, as long as you make sure that the roller is flushed with the staples. Also, there is the method of using strong tape.
When the shade is placed, roll it up ½ of the window and adjust the functions with the instruction for the situation when  blinds go up too fast.

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