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How to Install Vertical Blinds

Great Lakes Window Coverings - Instructions / Vertical Blinds/With Impressions Valance/Outside (Wall Surface) Mount

Components that should be present:

  • Aluminum vertical head rail
  • Vanes, one for each carrier on head rail
  • Valance
  • Brackets for head rail (Simple "L" bracket with "C" clip on top extension from which head rail will hang)
  • Brackets for valance ("L" bracket with push cam on upright and "C" clip on top extension which will attach to head rail)
  • Screws
  • ¼" magnetic hex head driver (not provided)
  • Electric or battery operated hand drill (not provided)

Step 1:
Set out all components. The vanes may be used to determine the install height of the wall brackets. Stand a vane on the floor so that there is no bowing. Make a small mark at the top of the vane and then ½" above that mark. The bottom of the vertical part of the bracket will line up with the upper mark. Brackets should be spaced evenly. With patio doors, there are generally three brackets; one in the center and one each at the outer edges. Do not move the outer brackets furthers than 2" from the edge of the opening when the it surrounded with drywall and no further than the outside edge of the casing when the opening is framed with decorative molding. Brackets should be at least 3" in from the end of the head rail. Brackets are positioned and screws are driven into the top two holes.

(Hint: find the center of the opening and mark with tape or locate a bracket at that point. Mark the center of the head rail and when attaching the head rail to the brackets, match the two center points, which assures even spacing of the head rail.

Step 2:
Attach head rail to brackets. The front edge of the head rail is inserted into the front of the "C" clip and the back is raised until a click is heard. This is the head rail snapping into the back of the clip.

Step 3:
Attach vanes to carriers. Before you begin, traverse carriers (cord operation) so that they extend across the entire opening and rotate the carriers (chain operation) so that they are perpendicular (90 degrees) to the door or window. Insert vanes into carriers. Push them up as far as they will go and then let each vane drop slightly so that the barb on the carrier locks the vane into position.

(Hint: There is a finished and unfinished side to each vane. We generally turn the vanes so that finished side of the vanes is in the direction, left or right, where the greatest amount of traffic will be in the room.)

(Hint: If a vane must be removed, find the long side of the carrier (clip) that holds the vane. Lay a credit card on that side of the vane and slide it up until it pushes the barb out of the hole on the vane. The vane will simply drop out of the carrier. This saves broken fingernails and broken carriers, which are not covered by warranty.)

Step 4:
Attach the plastic device that holds the cord and chain together to the wall with a single screw. Leave some slack in the controls.

Step 5:
Remove packaging from the valance. If the side pieces (returns) have been laid against the front piece of the valance (facia), bring them to a 90 degree angle to the facia and push the return on the small "L" piece that holds them together.

Attach the valance brackets to the back of valance facia. Turn bracket side ways and twist the bracket so that ends extend into the small channels at the top and bottom. The push cam is closed (push it up against bracket) which secures bracket. Evenly space brackets but make sure they do not interfere with the brackets that secure the head rail to the wall. Place valance in front of the head rail. Tip the valance up slightly so that the outer edge of the "C" clip (on the end the valance bracket) can be attached to the back edge of the head rail (just opposite of how you attached the wall brackets to the head rail.) Push down the end of the clip that is toward you. Again, you will hear a snap.

Important Points:

  1. Vanes must be in complete open position before you can traverse them with cord.
  2. Do not leave vanes pulled in front of open window or door. Wind can twist vanes breaking the carrier or cracking top of vane. This type of damage is not covered by warranty.

We are proud to extend a lifetime warranty on head rails. Damage caused by improper operation or abuse is excluded.

Vanes are warranted for 10 years from date of purchase. It is important to not that all materials (vinyl and fabric) may experience some fading or discoloration when exposed to intense sunlight. The current formulation in vinyl products does prevent any deterioration in the material.

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