How to fix a sprung window roller shade

Written by kathryn hatter
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The daily tugs on a window roller shade can sometimes lead to the shade not working properly. A window shade that hangs loosely at the window, refusing to respond to your tugs, has sprang the spring inside the tube. Instead of fighting with the window shade, fix it easily in a moment or two. Try tightening the tension first to restore the shade to working order. If the shade still doesn't work properly, rewind the spring inside the tube to fix the window roller shade.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pliers (optional)

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Instructions

    Tighten Tension

  1. 1

    Remove the shade from the window and manually adjust it on the roller so it is approximately halfway unrolled.

  2. 2

    Roll the shade up manually to wind it up completely. Keep the shade tension even and tight as you roll.

  3. 3

    Place the shade back into the brackets over the window.

  4. 4

    Pull the shade down gently to see if you restored the tension. The shade should move with proper tension over the window. If the shade still needs more tension as you tug it, repeat the steps until the shade has the tension you desire.

    Rewind Spring

  1. 1

    Remove the shade from the window and manually adjust it on the roller so it is approximately halfway unrolled.

  2. 2

    Examine the ends of the roller shade to find the end with the spring. Grasp the pin with the pliers and turn the pin clockwise to tighten the spring. Continue turning carefully until you begin to feel tension return to the spring.

  3. 3

    Reverse the turn of the pin very slightly and release the pin with the pliers so it latches inside the ratchet again.

  4. 4

    Perform the steps to tighten the tension of the window shade to finish fixing it.

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