Monday, November 24, 2014

How to Install Custom Window Blinds

Fig.1 Tools
By Gary Boutin 

Supplies and Tools:  
Bali® coconut blinds
Cordless drill with Bit extender and Phillip tip
Drill bit 3/16 
Measuring tape 
Vacuum Cleaner 
Wall anchors and brackets (included)

George Morco new home in the city of Highland, California. He wanted to install custom blinds in his office. He had purchased a standard lateral blind from a local drapery store. The blind would not fit correctly so he decided to purchase his blinds at The Home Depot. Bali® blinds were exactly the perfect fit for his office window and were easy to install because of the blind care and well written instructions.  

The Home Depot web site gives information on Bali® 3.5 valance coconut blinds. George wanted "Bali® faux wood blinds that have many advantages including, added privacy, improved room darkening ability and ease of cleaning. A 3.5" valance is upgrade from standard and the durable steel headrail is guaranteed not to sag, and it has hidden valance clips for a cleaner look." A complete Bali® instructions is located here.

This post shows the eleven steps to installing Bali® Coconut Blinds on an office window.

Step 1: Fig.1 above right shows the tool box with drill and anchors for the job.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the office window surrounded by neighboring bushes.
Fig.2 The office window
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the Bali® box.

Fig.3 Bali® boxed blinds
Step 4: Fig.4 shows written and pictograph instructions on how to install these blinds in any location.
Fig.4 Written pictograph
Step 5: The blinds were wrapped in stretch wrapped. Fig.5 shows that the blinds were wrapped in bubble wrap plastic and small pieces of cardboard in each slat kept the product from being blemished during delivery. Each individual metal piece was package in clear plastic. All additional hardware was encased in clear plastic. A master envelope was on top showing all the parts of the blind and its location. Fig.6 shows the hardware was packaged in a box and fig.7 shows each piece was  individually wrapped.
Fig.5 Bubble wrapped
Fig.6 Boxed hardware
Fig.7 Individually wrapped
Step 6: Fig.8 and fig.9 shows the right and left upper brackets.  
Fig.8 Left Bracket
Fig.9 Upper bracket
Step 7: Fig.10 and fig.11 shows the middle bracket being installed.

Fig.10 Drilling Support
Fig.11 Middle bracket
Step 8: Fig.12 shows the two end bracket with the door opened ready to install the custom blinds.
Fig.12 Two end bracket

Step 9: Fig.13 shows the blind is ready to install. Place each end of the blind into the two upper brackets. Fig.14 shows the blind slats has been opened. Fig.15 shows the cord for the blind that will need to be removed from its packaging.
Fig.13 Ready to install
Fig.14 Hanging blinds
Fig.15 Cords
Step 10: Fig.16 shows the bottom of the blind make sure it fits correctly. This one was already adjusted and it rested neatly on the bottom of the window sill.
Fig.16 Bottom view
Step 11: Fig.17 shows the wood valance is being placed on top of the blind. Fig.18 shows the job is finished and the blind is working correctly. Now George has privacy for his office.
Fig.17 Valance

Fig.18 Job finished
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