How to Replace a Tilt Mechanism
Do you own a wood or fauxwood blind with a broken tilt mechanism? Don’t assume it’s only good for scrap materials and fire wood. The tilt mechanism controls the angle of the slats on your blinds and is actually an easy fix. Plus, you’ll save a fortune on costly new window treatments. If you miss the outdoors and would love to be able to see outside again, follow these easy steps:
- Begin by removing your blind from the window and placing it on a smooth, flat surface.
- Remove the metal end-caps from each side of the head rail – if your blind has them - and slide the metal rod out from the cord tilter mechanism.
- Be careful not to tilt the blind at this stage; you do not want the metal rod to completely fall out.
- Your tilt control may be either a cord or a wand.
- Let’s start with a cord tilt. If you have a cord tilt, cut the cords right beneath the tassels set them aside.
- Next, unsnap and remove the tilter mechanism from inside the headrail.
- Thread the new cords through the hole in the bottom of the headrail. This step is not necessary if your blinds use a wand tilter.
- Snap the new tilt mechanism into your headrail and make sure it is secure.
- Then, re-insert the metal rod.
- Finally, attach the tassels to the ends of the cords.
- Finish by reinserting the metal end caps, reinstalling your blind, testing the operation of your new tilter.
- If you have a want tilt, you’ll se a plastic sleeve covering the hook that attaches the wand to the tilt mechanism.
- Slide the sleeve up, then lift and twist the wand up, removing it.
- Next, unsnap the old tilt mechanism and snap the new one in its place.
- Reinsert the metal rod and end caps.
- Finish by reinstalling your blind, attaching the wand, and testing the operation.
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