Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers
I am getting ready to tint all of my windows and need to remove the day/night shades to make it easier. Is there an easy way to remove and reinstall them without taking down the valances?
Well Sir, It depends. The shorter (width dimension) ones, usually only have two screws that hold up the upper bar, to the bottom of the valance. Those can be a bit of a pain to get to but, doable. The longer width ones, as in say, oh, around 3' wide or more, will have the two screws, one close to each end and, there will also be a "clip" in the center section. That clip, is one like what's used in home blinds.
It's one of those that, once the two screws are removed, you have to tilt the upper bar, one way or the other, either towards the window or, away from it, to "un-hinge" the one side then, slide it in the opposite direction that you tilted to get it to "un-hinge from that side. I hope I've explained that correctly so you'll understand.
Then it will drop in your hands. Here's a bit of some help. When I had to re-string many of our larger ones, I opened the window and, also slid the screen out of the way too. That way, I could put up a ladder and work on undoing some of the screws from outside the coach which, made it a heck of a lot easier 'cause I had a couch and or, other stuff in the way of getting my head up side down to find the screws.
Oh, by the way, depending on just how good your eyes are and, how much light you have in or around those screws, I wear a really bright "head lamp" (the kind with an elastic band that holds it to my head) and, it's LED so, it's ultra bright to help these old eyes find and see those screws.
Another hint of help. Get a small battery powered screw gun for this. It's seriously easier to remove those screws with it than trying to use a screwdriver and all the blood is leaving your hand and arm and the pain is setting in 'cause you're working upside down. Magnetic tips work great in this application. Good luck.