Saturday, October 15, 2011

Baking and RV Blind Repair

Today I re-strung one of two blinds in the Motorhome that needed repair. As I have re-strung both blinds in the bedroom of the MH, I didn’t for see any problems with the dining table blind. I removed the blind and took it to our kitchen table to work on it.

The first thing you notice is that the strings are connected to a pair of tension springs located in the top frame. Plus the strings that are threaded through the left side of the blind actually exit the blind on the lower right side.

Showing the “upper” section of the shade with the tension springs.100_1272

Taking a close look at the “lower” section of the shade showed severe wear. The old string actually cut through the plastic grommet and the frame. It was no wonder the old string broke!

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This cut of the grommet and frame had to some how be fixed or the new string would fall into the cut area and end up breaking. I figured a few layers of black plastic tape covered with some aluminum tape should do the trick.

Aluminum tape over 3 layers of black plastic tape100_1295

The aluminum tape has superb holding strength plus the string should slide over it fairly easily.

While I was working on the blind, Wilma was busy on the other side of the kitchen, baking.

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She baked 2 wonderful looking apple pies, a chocolate cake and cupcakes, and several loaves of Zucchini bread. The baking smells of everything she was baking almost kept me from concentrating on what I was doing!

Chocolate Cake & Cupcakes, Zucchini bread, and Apple Pies100_1298

The dining table blind is repaired and back in the Motorhome. Hopefully the strings in that blind will never need replacing again!

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Tomorrow we celebrate our eldest Grand daughter’s birthday. Haley turned 19 this year! Where is the time going?

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

6 comments:

  1. Holy buckets, she did a baking marathon. I'll bet the house smelled wonderful. Oh, good job on the blind also. Enjoy the birthday party!!!

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  2. I just hate those blinds. The quality of construction is very poor. We have had to restring four so far. They never smoothed out the holes when they drilled them and the plastic grommets do not stay in place.

    I like the tape idea. Since we have another one that is on the verge of failure, I will get to try it soon:)

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  3. nice work on the blind repair and the baking!..I sure wish someone would invent 'smellablog'!!! for occasions such as this!!

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  4. I have to figure out how to tighten up our blinds that is over the jack knife couch. It still works but I can tell in the next year or two it's going to be too loose to stay up on it's own.

    Great post!

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  5. Erik, if you look at the side of the blind, see if there are strings coming down to a spool that is screwed into the wall. If so, first loosen that screw, then turn the spool to tighten up the string. Be careful because if they are too tight they will cut into the frame like mine did. Let me know if that worked out for you.

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  6. Thanks so much for the pictures and info on the blinds! Our dining room blind snapped or popped this a.m. and now won't work. We read somewhere to buy 20 yards of string to restring, but thanks to you, we will look inside the top frame to see the springs and to see if anything is broken. The plastic wheel at the bottom is missing a piece and we sure hope we don't have to restring!! Thanks so much!!

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