A continuous cord loop is the easiest type of shade mechanism to replace. The cord makes only a single loop around the pulley wheel. Any time the pull cord on your shades becomes loose, broken or frayed you should install a replacement immediately. Replacement cords are available in different colours, with white and vanilla being the most common choices. If your cord breaks completely, hold on to it until you've had time to measure it to ensure you have the proper size pulley cord for a replacement. This task is so simple you really can't find any excuse for avoiding it.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Replacement cord
Remove the shades from the wall and lay them on a flat surface. If the shades are extended, gently stack them under the top of the blind mechanism to keep the slats from getting damaged as you work.
Remove the cover concealing the cord loops. This will be a flat plate over the end of the shade mechanism. Remove any screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Many types of shades do not contain screws. Gently pry the plate off with the tip of a flathead screwdriver.
Pull the cord off the wheel within the shade mechanism to remove it from the system.
Lay the cord flat and measure the length of the loop. This will help you determine the size needed for the replacement cord. Cords are sized by the length of the folded loop. For example, a cord that measures 4 feet long will make a 2-foot loop. Your replacement should be sized at 2 feet.
Wrap the new cord around the same wheel in the shade pulley mechanism. You should be able to do this with your hands, but you can use the tip of the screwdriver to gently push the cord into its proper place behind the teeth of the wheel if needed.
Arrange the ends of the cord so they extend from the indentations at the front of the mechanism.
Snap the cover back onto the end of the shades to conceal the cord. You will hear it click into place when it is installed correctly. Replace any screws you may have removed. Replace the shade on the wall and you're done.
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