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Between-the-Pane Blinds Broken -- Fixable?


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11-21-12, 04:35 PM   #1  
Between-the-Pane Blinds Broken -- Fixable?

I recently bought a house with between-the-pane blinds and the plastic switch came off. Even when I hold the switch in place, it won't open or close the blinds. It seems like the only way to fix it is to open it up, but I assume the glass is sealed with argon. Any easy way to fix this?

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11-21-12, 04:55 PM   #2  
Start by shooting a little silicone spray on the moving parts behind the handle. If working the hardware gets no results, I'd suggest contacting the Therma Tru service dept. Here is the link: Contact Us

I'm assuming that's a Therma Tru door. Mastercraft (Menards brand) is a similar door, and the brand name is sometimes engraved outside on the aluminum sill.

In all likelihood you will need to replace the entire IGU and vinyl frame... perhaps they've improved the blinds by now. (or discontinued them)

 
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11-21-12, 07:20 PM   #3  
Thanks, XSleeper. The mechanism is between the panes as well, so that would be a no-go on the silicone spray.

 
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11-21-12, 07:44 PM   #4  
Okay, its been a while since I looked at those, and you can't see the glass in the photo. If there is glass behind the "plastic switch" then the blinds may operate by a powerful magnet on the back of the switch, along with the metal plate inside the unit... If there is no magnet on the switch, that might be one problem. I really can't recall how those slides work... its been years since I installed one.

I'm not positive, but if those are "Light-Touch Internal Blinds", ODL might be the manufacturer of the blinds that are used by various door companies like Therma Tru. You could also contact them, submit your pictures and maybe they could provide you with some help.

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04-18-14, 07:48 AM   #5  
beekrock, did you ever get this fixed? We have a similar problem with our blinds-in-the-glass, and I have no idea how to fix it. Our slider switch didn't come off, and we can slide it back and forth, but it doesn't open the blinds. They're stuck in a closed position.

 
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04-18-14, 09:46 AM   #6  
Beakrock hasn't been on the boards since early February.


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