Miniblind Roller Repair

The rod along the left side of our miniblinds turns a shaft spanning the length of the housing which pulls-and-releases three pairs of cords tilting the blades, with one roller for each pair. The cords loop over, pass under, and are secured to a tab on the roller with metal ferrules, thusly:

Miniblind roller - intact

Miniblind roller – intact

One day, the middle section of all the blades on one miniblind stopped tilting, prompting this discovery:

Miniblind roller - broken tab

Miniblind roller – broken tab

The correct solution is, of course, to replace the entire miniblind, but our 1955 window frames don’t match up well with contemporary miniblind hardware and I was unwilling to reinvent that particular wheel for this occasion.

So I laid the cords in place, put the broken tab atop them, and held the mess together with a strip of the obligatory Kapton tape:

Miniblind roller - repositioned tab

Miniblind roller – repositioned tab

Easing some epoxy under the tab and soaking the cords atop the tape held everything together in approximately the original layout:

Miniblind roller - epoxy backfill

Miniblind roller – epoxy backfill

Two days after I reinstalled the miniblind, a second roller broke and was restored by a similar treatment. While I had the thing on the bench clamped in the bench vise, I preemptively slobbered epoxy on the intact roller in the hope of reinforcing it.

So far, so good!


  1. #1 by Keith Ward on 2018-09-19 - 17:33

    Tom Lipton?

    • #2 by Ed on 2018-09-19 - 20:41

      Hadda look the man up.

      Obviously far beyond my skills & equipment!

      • #3 by Keith Ward on 2018-09-19 - 20:53

        I guess I figured you already knew about him and from your copper vice jaws. Good, you have a new resource, make sure you check out his books as well.

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