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My wife and I purchased our first house in August. One of  the minor problems we noticed when we moved in was a broken slat in the blinds. We weren't too concerned with it because it had been hot glued by the previous owner and seemed to be working just fine. After a few weeks of being here the glue wore out. We spent a few weeks balancing it on the strings to make it appear closed, but it would always fall apart a few times a day. I had never thought about blinds as being something repairable, but realized something such as this shouldn't be trashed based on a single broken slat.

I did a search on Instructables and found many different things for blinds but none that involved repairing the broken slats. I found some instructions online but none with pictures. The fix is very simple and the pictures may not be necessary, but I know I would've gone into it with more confidence than I had.

Step 1: Identify the problem and intended solution

My problem is obvious. The slat is broken right in the center. Fortunately the blinds are too long for the window and there are a few extra at the bottom. The plan is to remove the broken slat and replace it from one on the bottom.
Great IBLE. I did not realize these were repairable. <br> <br>some ideas for rethreading. <br>- in order to prevent the end fraying you can add a wrap of scotch tape to the end to make an improvised aglet <br>- for getting the string through the bottom you can use a needle and thread to go through the hole first and tie the thread to the string to pull it through
Great ideas, scotch tape would've been perfect. I did think of the needle and thread idea but since it won't be seen when finished I found no real reason to keep it from fraying.
Also, I used a plastic needle from my daughter's toy sewing set - the eye was big enough to get the cord through and it worked a treat ?
Also, I used a plastic needle from my daughter's toy sewing set - the eye was big enough to get the cord through and it worked a treat ?
I was about to buy a new blind when I saw this..hubby told me off for binning the piece of slat that broke off as he said he could have repaired it - yeah like that was ever going to happen. I have just finished replacing the broken slat with one from the bottom &amp; amfeeling pretty smug. Cannot wait to see his face when he sees the 'fixed' slat...wonder how long it will take him to figure out how I did it ! Thank you, brilliant idea and well explained !
To simplify the threading tape a tooth pick (the point positioned just beyond the end of the string) to seal the frayed ends (most of these strings are synthetic) and a little indirect heat should melt a neat little bob at the end, if you have a pricier model wet your index and thumb finger tips, pinching about a 1/4&quot; above the end twist the frayed edges neat and dip either fast drying glue or clear nail polish. I hate venetian but I clean a house with. ..ugh lol
Toothpick is genius! Thank u!!
So easy once u read instructions! And I was gonna buy new blinds!
<p>Thankyou so much, we are moving and our cat is a headcase and we thought we would have to replace our blinds.. Now we know the secret hahaha. </p>
<p>Glad it helped. Blinds were not invented with cat owners in mind, that's for sure. :-)</p>
<p>I had the same problem you did: found a couple of sites and tried to figure out what they were talking about. Trouble was that I just kept getting more and more confused but after having seen the pictures I realize that it is so dead simple that I feel like a complete and utter idiot for not figuring it out myself. Thank you so much for providing those pictures! Seriously, after seeing those, I was able to figure out exactly what I was looking at and how to do it and I've been staring at those two broken slats for MONTHS! Lol. </p>
<p>Had the exact safe feeling</p>
<p>I had the same problem you did: found a couple of sites and tried to figure out what they were talking about. Trouble was that I just kept getting more and more confused but after having seen the pictures I realize that it is so dead simple that I feel like a complete and utter idiot for not figuring it out myself. Thank you so much for providing those pictures! Seriously, after seeing those, I was able to figure out exactly what I was looking at and how to do it and I've been staring at those two broken slats for MONTHS! Lol. </p>
<p>Thank you bunches! I had so many slats in my blinds. I was beginning to think i would have to go and have them replaced. You saved me bunches of money. and it looks like there were no broken pieces at all. I will pass this on to people I know that have blinds. It is well worth knowing.</p>
<p>These are great instructions, and I have similar blind with some broken slats. Where did you get the extra slats?</p>
<p>When the blinds were fully extended there was several at the bottom below where the window ended. There's no reason to have those so one of them became the replacement.</p>
<p>My blinds don't have a knot at the bottom, when I remove the plugs, there is string that goes around a plastic loop then goes back up. How would I remove blinds from this?</p>
<p>Inside the hole the plugs were in should be the string where the knot is. It's the center string.</p>
pretty cool

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