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Old 12-17-2014, 08:07 AM   #1
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Tighten Day Night shade

how do I tighten my day night shade that won't stay in the up position.

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Old 12-17-2014, 09:02 AM   #2
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Use the google search in the right side heading. Their are volumes of tips. Plus u tube has plenty of video information. I restrung our entire FW 39P when we had first purchased her five years ago. Their are kits that can be purchased with the correct cord and instructions. It's not that hard.
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:42 AM   #3
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What type do you have?

Do you have the type with the little buttons on the wall with the string running to it? Then you can turn the buttons to take up slack or loosen the button and pull some string through and then tighten.

Do you have the type with the bar across the bottom that is attached to the window sill? The you have to take up the bar and remove some slack on the string. There should be a spring that keeps tension on the string. Don't take up to much slack or you won't be able to move the shade.
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:39 PM   #4
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On the models that have the clear plastic buttons on both sides, they are NOT made to be turned. The way to tighten the shade is to grab the string on EITHER side and wrap it around the button one time. This will tighten the shade on both sides.

Turning the button with a screwdriver, only strips out the screw. Often, the reason they get loose is the loop is pulled off of the button on one side or the other.

Typically, people pull the shades out toward them as they lift them up. This occasionally pulls one loop of the string off of the button. Try lifting the shade straight up without pulling outward.
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"Turning the button with a screwdriver, only strips out the screw."

Loosen the screw, turn the button
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On the models that have the clear plastic buttons on both sides, they are NOT made to be turned. The way to tighten the shade is to grab the string on EITHER side and wrap it around the button one time. This will tighten the shade on both sides.

Turning the button with a screwdriver, only strips out the screw. Often, the reason they get loose is the loop is pulled off of the button on one side or the other.

Typically, people pull the shades out toward them as they lift them up. This occasionally pulls one loop of the string off of the button. Try lifting the shade straight up without pulling outward.
Many Winnebago's had buttons that were designed to be turned. The screw is loosened and the button pulled out slightly to get a small projection out of a hole. The button can then be turned the desired amount and the projection fit into the hole and the screw tightened.
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On mine, the string passes through the button and is clamped by it. The string is tightened or loosened by backing the screw out a little to take pressure off, then pulling the string through the button clamp in the desired direction.

If I just turn the button slightly, it has the desired effect on the string but it later moves back to the middle position (and usually sooner rather than later). Sliding the string through the button is a permanent fix.

This brief article may help:
http://www.rv-partsplus.com/day-nigh...ent-and-repair
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"Turning the button with a screwdriver, only strips out the screw."

Loosen the screw, turn the button
This is pretty accurate, based on whatever kind the OP has. On some, like the ones we have, a screw holds the rotating clear drum in place. You have to loosen the screw enough so that the drum, which on ours, has four, very short pins that lodge in four holes, can come out of the holes far enough to rotate in the direction to tighten the string. Once you've rotated it at least one setting, then re-insert the four pins back into the four holes.

Then, tighten the screw. Then, duplicate that procedure on the other side. Now, remember, when done, both sets of strings, should feel as if they have the same tension on them. If one set feels like it's got more slack, continue the rotating procedure enough to take up the slack enough to make it equal to the opposite side.

Now, one thing, if there's quite a bit more slack and, you try and tighten it by rotating the drum, and it still stays slack, it's (the string) broken some place in the cross-over some place. Re-stringing it is a whole 'nother thread (no pun intended here). Hope this helps some.
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When tightening the tension, be sure you only tighten enough to keep the shade in position when released. Too much tension only wears out the string quicker, as friction on the string is what holds the shade up.
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Maybe some missed the point. Yes, you can loosen the screw, turn the knob and retighten. How many times do you think that works before the thin paneling becomes stripped. Rather than dismiss what I said, give it try. There is a reason the thread runs through the button and is locked down. SIMPLY wrap the thread once around the button, or you can pull out your tools, and adjust the screw.
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