Do you need to replace the tilt mechanism on your old wood or fauxwood blinds? The tilt mechanism controls the angle of the slats on your blinds. In this short video, you will learn how to replace it.
Begin by removing your blind from the window and placing it on a smooth, flat surface. Your blind might have metal end-caps on each side of the head rail If it does, remove them. Then, slide the metal rail out, just enough to clear the tilt mechanism. In some cases, you might also need to remove a metal or rubber stopper at the end of the rod. Be careful not to tilt the blind at this stage, because the rod might slide right out.
There are 2 types of tilt controls, cord and wand. Let’s start by changing out a cord tilt. First, cut the cord right about the tassel to remove it. Next, unsnap and remove the tilt mechanism from inside the headrail. Thread the cords from the new tilt mechanism through the hole in the bottom of the headrail, and secure the new tilt mechanism in place. Then re-insert the metal rod, replacing any rubber or metal stoppers you removed. Thread the cords back through the tassels and washers and knot them. Reinsert the endcaps to complete your repair.
Finish by re-installing your blind and testing the operation of your new tilter. If you have a wand tilt you’ll see a plastic sleeve covering the hook that attaches the wand to the tilt mechanism. Slide the sleeve up, and then lift and twist the wand to unhook it. Next, unsnap and remove the tilt mechanism from inside the headrail. Now, secure the new tilt mechanism in place. Then re-insert the metal rod, replacing any rubber stoppers or end-caps you removed.Finish by re-installing your blind, re-attaching the wand, and testing the operation of your new tilter.