Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Now, the title may be a bit misleading in that I am not referring to someone who is physically blind, I am talking about that frustrating inanimate object that covers my windows. I am not sure what blinds have against me since I have never done anything to them and I have put more than a few up in my days, but they really go out of their way to be irritating when being installed.
Now, I know my way around with a hammer and saw, but blinds, at least for me, serve to be a bit of a challenge. I believe I have mentioned before that the blinds in my bedroom are made of fabric and the little plastic guides keep breaking off. I finally got tired of trying to super glue the tiny things back together, so I went out and bought some standard blinds that are more like wood slats in a nice oak pattern. I have to admit I got a good start on the first one…I had already gathered all the items I would need…step ladder…drill …extension cord…drill bits…pencil…screws…etc; I was ready but the blinds were not.
I opened the first box…poured out all of the contents…and viola…no hardware; the other box had hardware but this one did not. The first box had been taped together, So, I am guessing that it had broken open, and when it was put back together the sales employee did not notice that the hardware box was missing. The Walmart store was only 10 minutes down the road, so I decided to put the blind back in the box and return it for another one. As it turned out this was not as easy as it sounds. The blind would not fit back in the box it came from. I do not know if they used a compression plunger or whatever to maximize every square inch of space when it was packed at the manufacturer, but I could not get the blind more than half way back in no matter how much I pushed, shoved, squeezed, and begged.
After many frustrating minutes (I told you, blinds do not like me), I got the bright idea that I would just cut the bands of tape…lay the blind in the open carton…and just tape the covering back around as best as it would fit. Not a bad idea, however, when I got the box completely flat, there…stuck in the bottom…was the missing box of hardware. No idea how it got stuck in there. I shook the box hard to make sure everything came out…but the blind refused to let go of the prize; blind won that round. I did get the old blind off and the new hardware installed with a minimum of effort, but when it came to installing the new blind I ran into another snag. At the top, there is a hinged metal gate that swings shut with a press fit to keep the blind header from coming out of the support hardware when you pull on the strings to raise and lower the blind. When I went to shut it the hinge just popped off as neat as could be.
After some struggle, I was able to get it to stay latched and the blind was secured. I would put that one in a close win for me. However, the blind did get its revenge. I went into the bedroom today to open the windows to enjoy the cool morning air…and you guessed it…as soon as I pulled the strings, the whole blind came down on my head. One for the blind. As I told you…blinds and I do not get along very well. I guess I could go to curtains but the strangest thing…they do not like me much either.
That is a wrap. As always be good, play safe, and remember to wear a hard hat when operating your house blinds.
JR and Max