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Old 08-08-2011, 02:44 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by AFChap View Post
I tried with the valence in place, but could not get the clips properly located due to no room to work on either side of the shades. By removing the valences (I used a right-angle screwdriver on the three that have the bottom bracket on each side), I was able to easly locate and mount the clips where the shade would easily pop into it after the valence was back in place.
I understand where you are coming from. That's why I designed the spacer that I referred to in a previous post. You could actually install the clips and spacer "by feel" if you needed to and they would still be aligned properly.

BTW I used a 12" extension on my drill to install the clips.

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Old 08-09-2011, 09:53 PM   #16
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My valences appeared to be screwed at the top into underside of the cabinets. I removed the side screws and bottom screws and they would not come off. So not having a way to put those screws back in place, I left the valences in place and installed the MCD shades in place. It is easy enough with the spacer that I don't see a need to remove them. I used a long Phillips bit too, but not 12". I would love to have had square drive screws!! I got them to clip in by feel like ernieh said, not by sight.

I made a simple cardboard drilling template that made drilling screw holes easy. If I did it again I would use a wood block as a template.

Somebody asked if the MCD shades are that heavy so as to need support. Definitely not.

A table knife works well to unclip them if you ever need to remove them. It is thin enough to fit between the roller and the valence.

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Old 08-12-2011, 03:01 PM   #17
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I ran into all the same issues and ended up taking the valances down. Much faster. The dining room valance was so padded that I added a firring strip around the valance to give me a little space. I used a piece of white PVC molding (Azek) so there was no color issue. Looks good. LOVE the MCD blinds!

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