Introduction: Fix a Broken Blind With Only a Broken Pen Clip and Scotch Tape

I recently moved into an apartment on my college campus. It came with a lot of nice perks: third floor, full sized washer and dryer, really close to classes, central AC and heat, etc. However, it also has plenty of things broken and/or not fully operational. One of those things happened to be a single blind that fell off my window sometime before I lived here. It wouldn't have been such a big deal, but it let that one streak of light from a nearby street lamp hit me perfectly in the face every night. Ugh, I didn't want to spend money. So being the engineer that I am, I fixed it as cheaply and quickly as possible.

*I apologize for the poor picture quality. I didn't have my trusty Canon Rebel T2i with me. Hopefully, these smartphone pictures will suffice.

Step 1: Grab Your Supplies and Begin

If you are a nervous person like me, then you must know that I have a horde of broken clips from pens and pencils from unconsciously fiddling with them. Not even the ones with metal clips (like the one I used here) are safe from my anxious wrath.

In lieu of a pen clip, you could potentially use a paperclip or other similarly sized and equally durable object. The former resident tried to fix it solely with scotch tape and it broke again. I knew I had be a bit clever.

The clip I used was curved, like the broken blinder I was trying to fix. However, their curvatures were different which would make it a pain to stick them together. Since I used a metal clip, I decided to bend it to match the shape of the blinds; I used a hammer to gently press it into the correct shape. You could probably do this by hand for a paperclip and most likely not at all for a plastic one.

Step 2: Set, Tape, and Hang

Just do what the title says. Place the clip horizontally at the top of the blind and tape them together with two decently sized vertical strips of clear tape making sure that it is secure. I could have gone with duct tape but (a) I had none and (b) it would be more obvious.

Aaaaaand, your'e done! Hang it up again and enjoy the reduced glare once more. This is a simple fix and is invisible unless you are looking carefully at that particular piece. I hope you found this helpful!

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Jrdale88 (author)2014-10-19

I've also seen someone cut about 1/4" off the bottom and apply it to the top. I used this technique and it worked for me.

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gamerguy13 (author)Jrdale882014-10-19

That is also a good idea. Especially if you don't have anything else around to perform the fix with.

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Shorty Kitten (author)2014-10-16

Hi: I have always used a regular stapeler. I just put in 1 or 2 staples going sideways as close to the end of broken part of hole as possible. My blind that I have fixed, have never needed repair again.

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gamerguy13 (author)Shorty Kitten2014-10-16

I thought about doing that. I saw that someone had failed to fix it previously and I wanted to make sure that my fix would have staying power.

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seamster (author)2014-10-16

Great fix! Nice and simple, but effective.

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gamerguy13 (author)seamster2014-10-16

Thank you. I'm glad you found it useful!

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