DIY: Fixing the Doggy Damage

We’re going to have some minimal words for your on this Wordless Wednesday (fair warning): First, we wanted to THANK YOU for tuning in the past couple of weeks, and especially for the nominations we received for the 2015 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards.

Secondly, we want to set the scene for the below DIY guide:

  1. You have a dog whom you like to spoil, and that dog loves you very much.
  2. Your dog is protective enough of the house that he likes to bark at strangers that approach it.
  3. Sometimes, your pup gets carried away and might damage or destroy some intervening material between him and the stranger outside. Specifically, we’re talking about the blinds of your windows as today’s “for instance” material.

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Notice we’re not naming any names here. *ahem*

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Do-It-Yourself! Replace Damaged Blind Slats!

That’s it for most of our words! For your DIY steps to repairing blinds that your over-protective friend may have damaged, just follow the captions below.

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You’ll need: 1. A flathead screwdriver; 2. New slats to replace the damaged ones (in this example there were 2) – you’ll usually find some replacements in the blind’s original packaging, or else you can use an old discarded blind of the same width; 3. A flat surface to lay the blind out upon.
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First, lay your blind out flat upon the surface, making sure it is expanded to its full length.
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Next, find the fasteners on the bottom of the thick slat at the end of the blind. In this and many models of blind, there are 2 such fasteners.
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Next, you’re going to remove the fastener plugs. You may be able to do this by hand alone, but if not, carefully use your screwdriver to wedge under the lip of the fastener and pry it out. Once you do, you should notice the end of the pull-chord, tied into a knot within the slat (as above). At the end of the job, you will need to re-tie a knot at the end of the chord, so you may want to study the existing knot.
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You’ll then untie the knot in order to prepare to pull it out from running through each of the slats leading up to the damaged ones you’re trying to replace.
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The most notable concept about the mechanics of the blind, is that there are TWO distinct chord structures working together: 1. The strings you have just disassembled, which are connected to the pull-strings that draw the blinds up or let them down, …
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…and 2. A lattice that holds each slat in place on its horizontal “tier” and is connected to the dial or rod that adjusts the blinds to be “open” or “closed.” Note that this job does not require you to adjust the lattice in any way; there are separate repairs related to wearing or fraying of the lattice which we won’t explore today.
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Once you have pulled the chord out from your damaged slats, you will remove the old slats by sliding them horizontally out of the lattice. Your work station should now resemble the above.
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Now, you’re going to take your new replacement slats, and slide them in so that they rest in the tiers of the lattice, where your old slats were.
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With the new slats through the lattice, pull the drawstring chord back through each slat, in order from top to bottom, AND making sure that the drawstring always enters through top of the slat and exits through the bottom, so that every slat’s rounded side faces upwards; failure to do this will result in upside-down slats and a blind that doesn’t look right or function correctly. 

SONY DSCOnce you have worked the drawstring chord all the way back through all of the slats, your blind should look as it does here (left).

Note: The side of the lattice, left or right, on which you choose to pull the drawstring through for any given slat is not important (either side will work), but notice that we have chosen to follow the blind’s original design and alternated pulling the drawstring through on the left for about 4 consecutive slats, then on the right for about 4 slats, and so on till the bottom.

 

 

 

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Now, pull the drawstring back through the bottom slat, …
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… re-tie a knot at the end of each string, which will help secure it within the bottom slat, …
... and then push your fastener plugs back in by hand, or using a hammer in a secure area if necessary. For extra security, we HIGHLY recommend allowing some string material to hang outside the lip of the fastener, as the drawstring knot can come undone from within, causing the entire unit to fall apart!
… and then push your fastener plugs back in by hand, or using a hammer in a secure area if necessary. For extra security, we HIGHLY recommend allowing some string material to hang outside the lip of the fastener, as the drawstring knot can come undone from within, causing the entire unit to fall apart!
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Now your blind is ready to put back in the window sill! Great job! NOTE: While we have staged this “think about what you’ve done” photo of Gilligan looking guilty next to the damaged slats, keep in mind that attempting to shame or punish your dog after the fact of the damage will NOT be effective. If you catch your dog IN THE ACT of the behavior that causes the damage, offer immediate negative verbal feedback, and be consistent about doing this. If the situation does not improve, try to change the environment by moving the furniture and/or not allowing your dog access to areas where he might cause the damage.
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21 thoughts on “DIY: Fixing the Doggy Damage

    1. So, Papa already went out and bought a new set of blinds; this was the second one that I attempted to alter. Each new blinds pack supposedly comes with extra “spare slats” for this type of repair job. How am I supposed to see the intruders approaching the house now? These humans just don’t get it, Noodle. Unbelievable!

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  1. Mom says thanks for the instructions, but she’s already driven to Lowe’s and bought a new blind in less time than it took to fix it. MOL! We believe this is why we see so many blinds with a square cut out just big enough for the head of a dog or cat. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    1. Yeah, well my humans did that one time already… after so many times needing to replace it, that DIY starts to make more economic sense. Although I still don’t get why they keep undoing my work, frankly.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this DIY, we all know this happens all the time and now for those that have damaged blinds, (damaged by the GUARD DOGS) we can now fix them instead of having to live with them or replace them~Guard dogs~~~are now out of the doghouse 🙂

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  3. Oh, you are so good – fixing your blinds! We just gave up on that type! We actually used to have a cat that would rattle them at night wanting to go outside and we couldn’t stand it anymore!

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