How to Restring a Cellular/Pleated Shade Blindstop.com Before you begin, you will need a flat workspace, the right tools, and string cut in the right length. Here is how you decide how long the strings should be: Measure height of your window and round up to the next foot. Measure the width of your window and round up to the next foot. Measure how far from the top of the blind to where you want the tassel to rest. Add them all up and add 3 ft to each string. You will know how many strings you need by how many holes are in the boards of your blind. Tools you will need: Step 1: Pull remaining string tight to keep the shade under control as you work on it. Cut 3 12”-16” sections of string and tie them around the shade, positioning them at the left, middle, and right of the shade. These will keep the shade from expanding unexpectedly. Step 2: Gently remove all of the plastic end caps from your shade. If the shade is old, the caps may break or chip. This is common, just be gentle. Step 3: Slide the bottom rail completely off the shade for access to the stings and the holes they run through. Step 4: Slide the top rail off the shade. The top rail will need to slide to the side with the cord lock on it. If the cord lock is on the right side, the top rail will only slide to the right. NOTE: For Graber and Bali shades, you will need to take out the screw on the top rail before it will slide. Step 5: Run the restringing tool from top to bottom of the shade. Be gentle and work the tool through the holes. Sometimes the bottom of the shade will give you trouble, be patient, the hole is there you just have to find it… Step 6: Insert about 3-4” of string through the restringing tool and pull the string through the shade. NOTE: Once you have the string threaded through the top of the shade, pull about 12” through. Now find the bottom of the string and tie a knot with the washers provided or the existing washers. Step 7: Carefully line up all of the strings of the shade, making sure that all of them are under the ties that you put around the shade during Step 1. Begin putting on the top rail. When sliding on the top rail, be very careful about the sharp edges and them catching on the fabric of the shade. Take your time and guide both sides of the fabric into the top rail to avoid snagging. In the event that the fabric is caught by the top rail, back up, guide the fabric past the snagged point and continue. Step 8: Keep sliding the top rail onto the shade and stop when about 12” of rail is remaining. Now use your restringing tool through the cord lock. Follow the existing string. The metal of the restringing tool is flexible and will be able to follow the path of the string if you bend it prior to inserting it. Step 9: Continue to slide the top rail back on the shade. Sometimes the cord lock will catch on the top of the fabric. If this happens, you will need to gently pull the fabric and the plastic insert down slightly to give the cord lock clearance to continue sliding. NOTE: Do not try to use the fabric outside of the top rail to pull the cord lock past the plastic insert. Only work with the materials actually inside the top rail. Be gentle, but firm, and it will pass right by. Step 10: Now that the top rail is completely back on the shade, put the end caps back on the shade. For Graber and Bali shades, install the screw on the top of the shade. Step 11: Remove the ties you put around the blind in Step 1. Now test the blind to make sure that it is working smoothly. Reinstall the blind and trim the string length with the shade fully extended. Attach tassels.
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