How to trim roller blind to size Install video  – with Inspire DIY
How to trim roller blind to size Install video – with Inspire DIY


Hey guys, thanks for joining me, in this
video we’re going to be installing a block out roller blind, now whether it’s
your home or office, you’re probably wanting to block it at the light, filter
the light, add a splash of colour, maybe protect your furniture from those
harmful UV rays whatever it is… stay tuned to this video, I’ve got 5
important tips throughout the video that you’ll want to see before you take on
the challenge of instaling your own rollerblind now it’s an easy task, follow the
steps, let’s get into it! ‘Check Measure’, So, before we rush out and buy the blind we think we need, we need to determine what kind of blind install we’re going to be going with so there’s two main ways we can do it that style is a ‘Recessed’ or a ‘Top Fix’,
and it has the blind installed inside this window reveal. The other style is a
‘Face Fix’, now they each have thier benefits however face fix isn’t gonna work
for us because we want to hang curtains over top of this as well
so we’ve opted to go for a ‘Recessed/ Top Fix’, what we need to do is measure our window width and drop now. Measure your window from the width 1.8mtr, and the drop 1.2mtr. If you’re doing this on your own sometimes it’s hard to get accurate measurements, so if you find some Blu-tack, shove it up in the corner there, and then tuck your tape measure up
in behind it and then you can get your accurate measurements We’ve gone and bought the blind that we
need, its 1.8 meters wide which is slightly wider than the window we’re
going to be fitting it to, so we’re going to need to trim this blind down to size,
what we need to do is unroll the blind so we expose this top roller assemble your mechanisms, end caps, and your brackets take our overall
measurement, 1797 mm, the window that we’re putting it in is 1771 mm, which means I’m
going to need to trim 26 mm off. that 26 mm get’s trimmed off
this top roller, this is aluminium so I can cut this with a hacksaw we’re also going to need to measure, mark and cut our weight at the bottom and replace the
little cap now, to do the blind, the easy way to get the fabric off the roller is just to slide it out the end Alright, hopefully you kept up with that, I’m going to dismantle this now, and trim it. If this has been helpful so far, give it a thumbs up! hopefully you can see just here, I’ve cut the top roller to size, now we’re just going to mark on the blind, that measurement there, mark the back of the blind, the ‘white side’, top and bottom spread the blind out and draw a nice straight line between the two, then you can either use a really sharp blade or a sharp pair of scissors, if you are going to cut with
scissors, make sure you don’t close the scissors completely between each cut, because it
seems to put a little kink or stretch in the blind fabric Now if you’ve filed off those cut ends of your roller the blind should slide back into that track easily and replace your end cap Install your brackets, before we do, just have a quick look around your window and make sure there’s nothing in the way of the blind travelling up and down we’re quite lucky, we’ve just got a low-profile window opening handle thing there. nothing else in the way so what i’m gonna do is put these pretty much centre I’m pre-drilling a couple of holes into the timber here just to avoid potentially splitting the timber, and it makes the screws go in easier.. so just select a drill bit smaller than the screws that you’re using. of course this is timber, if you’re going into masonry, brickwork, concrete you’re going to need to use a mosonry drill, and plugs and here’s a tip; when you’re screwing your brackets into place, try not to let the chuck of the drill rub against the paint there because it will rub the paint off, and you’ll end up with a black mark you’ll have to paint over later you can avoid that by using a longer, like an extension on your driver or, just angling your drill out a little bit Just roll back up the blind now, and we can attach our mechanisms at each end okay super important tip,
this is the chain driven end of the blind. It’s important that when you
install it, you install it with this little opening where the chain comes out
pointing straight at the ground. If you were to install it on its side you’d end
up with quite a noisy chain mechanism this is the second end to be installed I
wanted to show you this, it’s got a clever litte mechanism that some of these blinds have, you can actually wind you wind this end in, holding the
blind in one hand turning this dial in the other it actually draws that pin all
the way in, if you keep going, it pops it out again this is a good way of helping you to install and also remove the blind later. Install our right hand side, our chain driven end first, and then using that wheel i showed you… Here’s a quick tip to keep you out
of trouble, if you decide to face fix your blind, rather than attaching your
brackets to the architraves, come up above the window and they’ll either be a lintel or a stud just to the side of the window which is a solid fixing for your
brackets, stronger than attaching to an architrave. Final step is to install the
safety chain. Now it should come with a clip like this just line it up
with your cord so you don’t have any twists, what we want to do is pull the
chain down taut then we can relax it about 10 mm mark where that’s
going to be drilled the ‘Australian Standards’ say that if
you’ve got a drive chain or a cord from your blinds lower than 1.6 mtrs or 1600 mm from the ground they need to be secured in a cleat, and that’s to
prevent it being a choking hazard to children or pets nice new home with
aluminium window frames, don’t drill into them you’re going to void your manufacturer’s warranty! I’ve always thought that you couldn’t screw blind brackets into the UPVC windows frames, which is the unplastisized polyvinyl chloride it’s a hard
plastic window frame but apparently you can! you pilot the hole with a 3 mm drill bit, put in your screws and stop before they get tight, apparently
that works, what do you know Still, I reckon drilling into that plastics not the best idea if you can find some timber or some masonry nearby that you could attach
your roller blinds to, would be better. The one I didn’t mention was ‘Ceiling Fix
Brackets’ so ceiling fix is normally when you’ve got floor-to-ceiling windows, you
can’t just drill into the plaster board it’s not gonna hold! so to get some
really solid fixings in the ceiling get a ‘Ramset Hollow Wall Anchor’, about $2 each, and they can hold about 10kg or a ‘Spring Toggle Cavity Fastener’
which is about $1 each, slightly smaller, slightly cheaper, but still a
good product. there’s lots of videos on YouTube about hollow wall anchors and masonry wall plugs so we’re not going to cover that now if you like this video, or you found it helpful, give it a thumbs up If you’re new here, be sure to subscribe to the channel for more helpful DIY tips Click the little bell to get a notification each time a new video is available Any suggestions to want to make to the channel, or any DIY content you want to see Remember this channel is
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