Thursday, April 22, 2021

A DRAPERY CORD NEEDS REPAIR.

       It was discovered a few days ago that one of the drapery cords was almost worn out. So simple. Get some drapery cord and replace it. 

       First, you have to get some new cord so we started phoning. We were amazed that we had to phone for about 2 hours to find one place with drapery cord. We looked at that cord and decided that it wasn't suitable. Off to Canadian Tire where they sell rope and cord by the foot. We'd phoned them before and they didn't have drapery cord . We found cord that was the right size and looked suitable. So the guys who said they didn't have cord had cord. 

     Okay, today was a nice day  to change the cord. We'd done this before but maybe long ago. So we first looked at how the cord is strung so that we know how to string the new one through. Then we pull the old one out. So far so good. 


Then we start feeding the new cord through. It was tricky and hard to string the cord through some parts. We got to the last loop and said we'll never get this . Then the oops moment hit. Get a small piece of wire and pull the cord through. We could have done this before on all the hard spots.

     So we had the two lines of cord inside the rail. We had to attach the cord on the anchors in the right place . Okay that's done. Then we measured.  Oops! We thought the rail was longer. We checked with the wall. Yes, the rod had to be longer. The rod had been accidentally pushed together while we were working with the cord.

     Well, you know all the things that could go wrong did go wrong.

     We finally got everything adjusted. We put the railing back up and then hung the drapes. 

       There went one whole afternoon!

34 comments:

  1. Almost better of buying a new rod...but glad you got it done!

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  2. I remember cord like that on the living room drapes when I was a kid.

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  3. Hola Rojo.
    Que complicado que es cambiar ese cordon, pero con paciencia lo pudiste hacer. Quedo hermoso.
    Aveces se complican hasta las cosas que parecen simples.
    Saludos.

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    1. It was a lot more complicated than it needed to be.

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  4. Your post reminds me of Kay's post about a plumbing repair. These small jobs sometimes take on a life of their own, don't they?

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    1. They are a challenge but not impossible.

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  5. Hello,

    Well done, the drapes look pretty! Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks. What would I do without some of these projects?

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  6. That sounds very complicated, beautiful curtains!

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  7. But in the end you did it, and that's all that matters!

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  8. Wow! That's quite a job. Well done.

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  9. We are fortunate in that our current house which we purchased 9 years ago had enough surround land and no neighbors in direct sight of any of our windows that we have simply forgone having any sort of window coverings in most of the rooms. I have forgotten what it is like to futz with curtain rods.

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    1. I had forgotten about curtain rods too because it was a long time ago that I repaired a curtain rod.

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  10. I have 5 window rods in my living room /dining room that need work. Maybe you could pop down to Illinois and fix them for me! Just kidding! I have to replace a lot of the plastic bits that hold the drapery hooks. They have cracked with age. If I keep them closed, you cannot tell...so I keep them closed! :)

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    1. Well, my daughter lives in Illinois so I'll send her right over.

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  11. Congratulations, you did it! I understand how frustrating these things can be. We have always been do-it-your-selfers too and some jobs will push your limits.

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    1. These little projects can be frustrating but are doable.

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  12. Canadian Tire must be like Ace Hardware. That's where I found cord to tie up a loom, without going to Quebec to get it. I'll bet it was pretty like your drapery cord.

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    1. You can get most things at Canadian Tire. It's a large hardware chain.

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  13. Job well done, Red and MM (I assume she was the other half of the "we" you spoke of :)) Good trick with the wire. I'll squirrel that away in my brain.

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  14. Time flies when you're having fun.

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  15. Well done! These home projects!!!!

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  16. You did a great job! Actually a good way to spend your day, Red.

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  17. Well done, mission accomplished.

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  18. Good for you ... you're very persistent!

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  19. Good job on figuring out how to get the cords fixed! You're a fabulous problem solver. Our cords are all plastic and in Hawaii, they deteriorate. I'm dreading thinking about what to do if they break.

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  20. you did great job by fixing curtain rods :)

    yes such ordinary looking small jobs consume whole day often ,hubby does such work with amazing perfection ,i am always impressed with his talent to fix almost everything by himself

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