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Bordercollie

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Posted: 04/03/12 02:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A small two-string shade is less unwieldy to work on and less complex string wise. Might help to take digital pics or draw pictures during disassembly. Measure intact old strings and cut new strings to same length plus one foot, strings in CW's First Aid Kit are very long and get tangled, etc. You need a large flat working space like on a bed.I made a "needle" out of a thin steel wire with a thin eye in one end to thread string through holes and guides in shades. Keep the little plastic guides in place. I taped the shades closed during passing the strings through, took tape off and let shades hang loose to allow screwing top rail in place. Make sure all strings are free to move/not snagged when sliding extruded rails back in place. Sharp edges of extrusion can snag and rip flimsy day shade material, be careful sliding them back on. Maybe restringing the next ones will be "fun". Nice to be able to raise them and open sliding windows and lower them for privacy.

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Most of those shades come from http://irvineshadeanddoor.net/ Elkhart, Id. There is usually a sticker on the bottom of the shade with phone#. They will restring your shade for $15.00 if you pay freight both ways or will sell you a kit for restringing. I sent a very long shade to them and with packaging and shipping the total was almost $130.00 from the west coast. I used the WX Toad info to reinstall. Next time I will just by the kit.
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I finally got the darn thing restrung and reassembled, with all plastic guides in place and all strings free to move, made a replacement for the lost end cap out of wood, and then hung the whole assembly with three screws inside the valence with help from my son. Tip: The whole thing needs to hang down loose, not bundled/tied, while you install the top mounting screws though the top rail, then pull the strings snug, leave some free string, tie them on the adjustment wheels and screw the wheels into the sides of the valences. Finally wind the adjustment wheels until the strings are quite taught and tighten the screws more to hold the adjustment. Strings should almost "twang". The repaired shade works as good as new, may have to re-adjust tightness of strings a little if they stretch. Yahoo! When day/night shades work properly, they're quite nice. Be careful to raise and lower both sides evenly and gradually, the day part is flimsy and can rip. Tip: First Aid kit comes with very long cords that drove me crazy during restringing exercise. If you can figure our approximately how long they need to be with all of the criss/crossing and leaving some extra, cut them off. Left overs might be long enough to restring a small side or rear window shade.

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Posted: 04/01/12 06:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

http://www.winnebagoind.com/resources/service/pdfs/2006-09%20Restringing%20Day%20Night%20Blinds.pdf

It took the wife and I about 30 minutes to do the restring and about an hour to remount them.


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Posted: 04/03/12 05:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have just the one-way (night) type of shade in our rig, but the process for re-stringing is similar. We tackled two of them last year and documented the process on the first one. You can find our pictures and instructions here.

Good luck. The first one took quite a while; the second one was a breeze.

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I learned of a trick to replacing "Unbroken" strings in mini/micro-mini blinds, and wonder if it would also work for day/night shades in motor homes. Here is the process in bullet fashion.

1) Leave the shade mounted to the wall.
2) Close the shade letting it hang completely down.
3) Find the ends of the strings and cut off the knots leaving clean-cut string tips.
4) Pull gently on one string to determine the opposite end of that same string. For micro-mini blinds, the other end is also hanging down. Hopefully the same applies to day/night shades.
5) Using a candle lighter, melt both the tip of the old string and the tip of the new string-on-spool.
6) While the tips are dark, melted and gooey (they have enough plastic composition in them to melt) press the two tips together end-to-end and quickly roll them between finger and thumb to roll out any bumps in the tips. You have successfully attached the new string to the old string without bumps. Bend the bonding area to relieve excessive stiffness.
7) Slow & careful, pull the opposite end of the old string out of the shade, allowing the new string to follow along through all the places the old string goes. When you have pulled the old string completely through, cut it off the new string and trim the new string to the same length as the original.
8) Repeat for additional strings.

If you cannot pull the old string through, you may have to remove the shade from the wall and do some disassembly, but maintain the same general practice of attaching new to old string for ease of that portion of the job.

We have restrung every micro-mini blind in our house this way, but never tried day/night shades. If you try it, I would like to hear how it went for you.


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Posted: 03/28/12 12:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh, and be careful when sliding the rails back over the "day" shade plastic edge material, an edge can catch and rip the flimsy day shade material easily, I patched it with a piece of scrap day shade material and crazy(CYA) glue.

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Great thread. I have one to refurbish myself. Thanks for posting.


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Posted: 03/28/12 07:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am in the process of restringing a 4 string shade, measured an unbroken string cut all 4 strings, followed the 4 string diagram, got it all back together and its a ft short of closing. They aren't all strung the same way I guess. Frustration - still contemplating it.

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Posted: 03/28/12 07:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I hate day/night shades. They are a pain to restring. I am glad manufacturers are starting to go away from these (Winnebago and Tiffen I think). They are going to the old roller shades. One for day (black mesh) and one for night (typical shade).


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