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How to repair the tilt mechanism on mini blinds

Updated March 23, 2017

Mini blinds are one of the most common types of window treatments because they are affordable and available in many colours and materials. However, after continued use, mini blinds may need some repairs, including to the tilt mechanism. The user turns this device, which moves the blind strings up and down, to open or close the blind slats. If this part malfunctions, the blind slats will not open or close. It is possible to repair the tilt mechanism if it fails.

Release the blinds from the wall brackets by pulling the front off of one of the brackets and bringing the blind forward. Lay the blinds on a flat surface with the wand facing up.

Remove the end caps from the headrail -- the long piece at the top of the blinds -- with a flathead screwdriver. Gently push the tilt rod back with your fingers. Push the end caps into place and hang the blinds back on the brackets.

Turn the tilt mechanism to see if the previous repair worked. If not, rotate the tilt wand counter-clockwise with your fingers. While doing this, pull down on the strings that carry the slats. This will release the tilt wand if it is locked.

Replace the tilt wand if these repairs did not work.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
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Dianne Christensen began writing professionally in 2003 for the "Muskegon Chronicle" in Muskegon, Mich. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.