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Old 03-27-2012, 09:29 PM   #1
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Blinds sticky

My old thin bladed blinds are hard to open, close, and pull up and let down... the valance is tight to the top and I'm wondering how or if it is possible or recommended to lubricate them with something. The old plastic pieces that are used to tether them are crumbling, but a long nail stuck into the bottom chamber ought to work so I can tether them when on the road.
Anyone else messed with keeping the old blinds?

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Old 03-29-2012, 05:15 AM   #2
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Sorry, can't really help. We replaced all our blinds with cordless cellular shades.

If you crane your neck (yeah, I know, hurts to even contemplate) you should be able to see the holders that the blinds snap into. All the blinds I've ever seen in RVs have holders that are screwed to the underside of the valance and you just need to remove the blind to locate the screws.

Maybe a good cleaning will improve the performance , but new mini-blinds are very inexpensive. Lowe's and HD will cut to size for you. It's the cords that are binding- I'm not sure lubrication would help.

An attractive substitute for the original plastic tie-down is little stainless or brass cleats like these
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