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Old 02-22-2020, 12:49 AM   #1
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Pleated Shade Cord Repair

Hi guys!

I have a 2000 Diplomat with pleated shades and the string just broke on one of them.

I saw several people mentioning this kit;

https://unitedshade.com/product/first-aid-kits/#specs

Is this the right kit for sure? The blinds have two strings on each side. Does the width of the string matter?
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Old 02-22-2020, 01:06 AM   #2
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These are the day and night shades right.? Yes you should close to the size line you need .People have used dacron braided fishing line think 100 lb plus strength.You may not be able to get off white ,tan ect. There are many vids on how to run the line. If some of the line is still threaded , you can dab a bit of superglue to fasten new line to old and pull new line through all those holes.
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Yes, they are Ascot (brand) day/night shades with two strings on each side. The thing is, the kit does not say what the cord size is. It looks to me to be 1mm thick.

I can also get a spool of 1mm cord;

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07P9NGY7B/..._ZonuEbK90GS3E

but I don't know if it's actually important to have the extra springs or grommets. Does anyone know if they ever wear out?
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I gave up on those corded shades after several repairs and waxing and I replaced them all with "stringless - buttonless" shades from Home Depot. These are great! Just touch the bottom of the sade and raise them up, or lightly grasp the bottom of the shade and pull them down. So easy even our pup can do it!

Now these shades are not day/night shades, but we found we never used the day feature in the old shades anyway.
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Weve restrung several of ours allways used original springs and gromets just replaced cord ( see utube)
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Weve restrung several of ours allways used original springs and gromets just replaced cord ( see utube)


Yep. Me too. Just restring them.
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If you buy cheaper priced fishing braided line the thickness may be exaggerated some because it ends up a bit flattened when loose. So buy a few 10ths mm over.
I had already bought my line few years back for camping hammock rainflys.
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Well I had one of mine fail, and after getting the string and then taking it all apart, I decided to go with a new shade. This link is to a company that specializes in RV blinds and shades. They are excellent, very nice quality, reasonably priced, in my opinion. I used them in 2012 for 4 new shades, and the product has been flawless. https://www.blindschalet.com/window-...ds-shades.html
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Have a very close look at the brass grommets where the string runs through it.

They wear out and then have a sharp edge that will cut the new string.

I just use a pair of pliers and give the brass grommet a 1/2 turn so the string runs on smooth surface again.

Spend the money and buy the right string. You will be much happier with it.

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blind cord repair

Try:
fixmyblinds.com


cord, advice, etc.
did mine.


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Awesome! Thanks guys - that's pretty much everything I needed to know

Funny how it works. My kitchen one was the one that broke. Just a few days later the one above the couch is starting to go. I guess they all wear out much the same if you use them the same.
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