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OntMont 03-07-2008 05:11 PM

Daynight shade repair pictorial
This is a series of pictures we took while repairing our shades a few years ago. I thought I would post them in the hopes that it would help other people understand how they are put together and can be repaired.

I am convinced that a lot of shade problems are the result of too much tension on the cords. My suggestion is to apply only the minimum tension required to make the shades stay in the up position.

Daynight repair pictures

We hope some people may find this useful information.

Waynem 03-07-2008 05:53 PM

Very Nice John.

I just hope that if I need that done that I am parked next to you for moral support.

Rondo 03-07-2008 06:06 PM

Nice job John and I'm sure Donna helped out here also! Got to always give the DW credit don't we??!!?? If ours ever have to be repaired, we'll be calling on you for support and possibly a helping hand!

sreigle 03-09-2008 01:21 PM

Excellent, John. I have saved that webpage. I hope you don't mind. I noticed on ours that Keystone did not install the bobbins so that the string tension can be easily loosened. They have the strings noted in a hole on the bobbin with no material wrapped around the bobbin. I tried to undo one of the knots but was unsuccessful. Someday I'll need to adjust tension and will try again.

terry 03-10-2008 01:27 AM

Thank you, thank you. I have one down and have put off until this Spring to repair. I new I could do it but this will make it a lot easier, great job. Thanks again.

Jolu 03-10-2008 06:03 AM

Right on John. I agree with you about to much tension on the cords. With our new Monty we had a problem with one of the shades and it was the only one that I noticed that had high tension on the cords. The shade was hard to pull up and down and the result was the shade would all of a sudden when lowering or raising the shade would go lop sided and the end cap would pop off causing the shade to come out of the track holding the material.
I think the best thing to do is to just simply adjust the tension on the cords so the shades can be raised and lowered without a lot of resistance. Of course if they are to loose they will come down on their own when the 5er is towed.

RC and Samantha 03-10-2008 08:02 AM

Thanx John, this will really come in handy for future use. Of course I'm hoping we won't need it. :D


syplace 03-10-2008 09:41 AM

Nice pictures. But how did u get the blind out from under the valence? I am going to buy a complete replacement shade.

Bob & Lee 03-10-2008 09:45 AM

I'm in the process of loosing up all the strings till it just holds the shade up, I was also told to always tow with all the shades down to keep them from falling.

OntMont 03-10-2008 10:39 AM


quote:Originally posted by OntMont


quote:Originally posted by syplace

Nice pictures. But how did u get the blind out from under the valence? I am going to buy a complete replacement shade.
You just have to remove the screws holding them. They can be felt if you reach up under the valance. In ours, most of them are screwed into the bottom of cabinets, the others have L-shaped brackets under the valance. One of the pictures shows the screw locations.

If you do get new shades, I would still suggest installing the bobbins as pictured, rather than the way the do at the factory. Wind a couple of turns of cord around the bobbin and use the bobbin to fine tune the tension, so that they will just stay up on their own.

We were told that we should travel with the shades up, to reduce cord fraying. That said, we usually do leave them down.

bob n pam 03-10-2008 05:38 PM

Speaking of the bobbins, we purchased a few clear sewing machine bobbins as spares because the originals become brittle and break from time to time.

jackel1959 03-11-2008 10:56 AM

John & Donna,
Thanks for the great info and pictoral...I will be saving it for future reference if needed.


Bill-N-Donna 04-27-2008 12:25 PM

Thanks for the great pictures! I made a repair on one of our shades not long ago, dreaded it but it really wasn’t that bad once I got into it.

FireTruckerWife 04-27-2008 02:24 PM

We made the repair on one of our, just today. Had trouble finding the right mason line (#15), but found the #1 braided mason line, and used that. I hope it will hold up over time. I think it might be a little stronger than the twisted mason line, and hopefully it won't abrade as quickly.

dsprik 04-28-2008 05:57 PM

I just had one of my narrow, back shades fray on my. I will attempt to repair as per your instructions, John, in the next few days.

hookman 09-03-2008 05:22 PM

Thanks John this was very helpful in repairing our shade.

Old GI 09-05-2008 10:51 AM

Thanks from us too John, we just had a shade string break and we will be using your pics to walk us through the repair.......Pete

WildBigBill 09-11-2008 01:28 PM

Great instructions! Just finished re stringing, thanks a bunch!

dsprik 09-11-2008 01:49 PM

John, forgot to followup on my last post. Used your instructions/pics/materials list shortly after that last post and it worked beautifully! Thanks a ton!

Old GI 09-21-2008 04:36 AM

Thanks for the pictures John and Donna, used them yesterday when we repaired one of our blinds.....Pete

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