How to fix vertical blind rods

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How to fix vertical blind rods
It's not hard to repair vertical blinds. (vertical yellow background image by .shock from

In vertical blinds, carrier bodies are attached to a tilt rod in the headrail that allows the slats to be moved back and forth across the track to open or close the blinds. If it is cracked or broken the rod should be replaced. Just because the blind slats won't tilt doesn't necessarily mean the tilt rod is broken, it could just be loose from the tilt mechanism. To fix the rod so the blinds will operate correctly, remove them from the wall and adjust the rod.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers

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  1. 1

    Remove the valance from over the headrail, if you have one. Some snap on to the headrail and should be easily snapped off, while you may have to unscrew others. Have someone help you lift it down if the window in question is long, such as a front bay window or a sliding glass door.

  2. 2

    Open the carrier body clips and remove the vertical slats one at a time and set them aside. You may have to pull a little to get them out but just apply some light pressure and the vanes should pop out.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the mounting screws that hold the headrail to the window and have someone help you lower the headrail to the floor. Flip it over so the carrier bodies are facing you and you can see the track.

  4. 4

    Look for the metal square-shaped rod in the centre that runs the length of the track. This is the tilt rod. For a loose rod, gently push the rod back into the tilt mechanism at the end of the track until it no longer shifts around. You should hear it snap into place. Replace the headrail and secure the vanes.

Tips and warnings

  • To replace a rod, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the carrier stems and bodies from the track. They should just snap off. Unscrew or pop off the plastic or metal end cap on the headrail and slide the rod out. Replace it with the new rod, snap on the carrier bodies and stems, and then reverse the steps to reinstall the headrail and the vanes.

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