When the afternoon sun is beating down on your recreational vehicle, a day shade blocks out the harmful ultraviolet rays, providing a relaxing, comfortable place to spend your day. At night the same shade works to keep your unit safe by not allowing people to see inside. Over time, even the best-quality night and day shades can break. One of the most common problems is a hole in the shades or the cord snaps. When that happens, however, shades are simple enough to fix yourself.
1. Remove the screws from each end of the blind. Use caution so you don't break the clip in the middle of the blind.
2. Remove the blind from the top of the window. Take off the spools from the cord. Lay the shade down.
3. Remove the end caps and slide the metal bar off the blind. Separate the day from the night shade and remove the end caps.
4. Slide the metal bar and pull the cord from the day shade. Remove the end caps and the slide the bar from the night shade. Pull the remainder of cord from the shade.
5. Cut the cord from the spring at the top of the shade.
6. Fold 10 yards of cording in half and loop it around the spring. Tape the spring to the center of the shade. Lay the cord down the center.
7. Slide the metal rod back onto the shade. Use caution so you don't catch the cord. Take the ends of the cord through the eye of a needle run them through all the holes in the day shade.
8. Cross the cord and attach the day shade to the night shade. After crossing the cords go through some of the holes in the night shade. Slide the bar back in and attach the end caps.
9. Pull the cord tight so the night shade is closed. At the bottom of the day shade, cross the cords again. Slide bar back on and replace the end caps.
10. Run the cord through the holes in the end caps. Pull cords tight so shade is closed. There will be extra cord. Hold the shade part-way open.
11. Put it back on window. Attach to the clip and replace the screws. Put the shade in the up position.
12. Measure the cord going down the sides of the window. Be sure there is enough cord to wrap spool at least three times. Cut off extra cord. Reattach the spools to the cord. Screw in the spools.
Items you will need
- 2 pieces of cord, 10 yards each
- Large-headed needles
- Masking tape
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