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Old 03-05-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Question abt Day/Night shades operation

Is it always difficult raising and lowering day/night shades? I go to adjust them and they are very hard to move. Sometimes it feels so hard I am afraid that I am going to pull them off the wall.


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Old 03-05-2014, 12:15 PM   #2
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They should glide up and down freely, but not so loose that they fall when they're up. Sounds like you need to loosen the adjustment spools on the bottom.

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Old 03-05-2014, 12:19 PM   #3
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It takes getting used to, but I find that if I pull them away from the wall 1/2 inch or so while guiding them up or down, they seem to move easier. Good luck.
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are you trying to raise both at the same time? if so,it will be difficult. try one at a time.
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Just one of the many reasons we put MCD shades in our coach. Hard on the checkbook, but a very nice upgrade.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:25 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by topdownman View Post
They should glide up and down freely, but not so loose that they fall when they're up. Sounds like you need to loosen the adjustment spools on the bottom.
I re-strung a couple shades this past summer and it took a little adjusting to make them operate smoothly. Good luck.
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Proper string adjustment is when the tension just holds them up by itself.Too much tension wears out the guides and strings quickly.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:42 PM   #8
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Here are a couple of things that are often missed when it comes to the day/night shades. First off, you don't adjust the tension by turning the screws on the plastic bobbins. This will soon lead to stripped out screw holes. You adjust tension by unlooping one loop from either bobbin to loosen the shade and you add a loop to tighten. This is simply done by grabbing the string and pulling a loop off of the bobbin.

Second, many people, because the way the shade is mounted close to the wall, pull outward on the shade and then slide it up. If you find that your shades seem to get loose all the time, it's because you pull a loop off of the bobbin as you pull the shade outward and then lift up. Just be cognizant of pulling a loop off of the bobbin when you lift the shade.

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