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RACapowski

03:30PM | 12/05/04
Member Since: 12/04/04
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This isn't windows per se, so please forgive me if this isn't the right forum. I've spent about 45 minutes Googling for answers to this drapery-fixture question, though, and have in response gotten only information about How to Choose the Right Cordless Drill! and How to Customize Your Drapery Rods with *darling* little Holstein cow designs and How to Get Rich, Thin, and Sexually Functional AllatOnce!. Therefore, as I type this, I'm...well, like the title says.

Tonight, the draperies rods in my house fell off their fixtures. Just...fell. No spare parts fell out of the fixtures; they just decided to drop.

Unfortunately, we just can't understand how to reinsert the drapery rods into the fixtures. Doubly unfortunately, these draperies covered our big picture window, and we live in a city close to the road. A sheet nailed to the sides isn't going to hold us forever. My mother, who has many wonderful qualities but has made it a life goal never to learn about the value of money, is oblivious; she's declared that there'll be no problems! We'll just get a new rod and draperies! It'll be $150, tops!

Argh. As much as I'm sick of home-repair projects on our 90-year-old house, I can't afford $150 for new draperies, particularly when there's nothing wrong with the old ones. Could anyone please help me as to how to reassemble my drapery rods? I've enclosed pcitures below of the fixtures and the ends of the rods. The end-of-rod pics are a bit overexposed; I can take new ones if need be.

http://home.att.net/~rcpics/draperyfixture1.jpg

http://home.att.net/~rcpics/draperyfixture2.jpg

http://home.att.net/~rcpics/draperyrodend1.jpg

http://home.att.net/~rcpics/draperyrodend2.jpg

http://home.att.net/~rcpics/draperyrodend3.jpg

Many thanks to anyone who can help me out.

carl21l

05:01AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
173 lifetime posts
this site shows details of the rods, maybe you can tell how to remount the rods from the illustrations:

http://www.interiormall.com/cat/rods/restringing.htm

JMHO

Carl

k2

06:42AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi RA,

I must preface my response by saying that drapery repairs are among my least favorite home remodeling chores. I almost prefer to work in the crawlspace.

Didn't you know, however, that a "nailed up sheet" is the latest in home fashion?

OK, maybe not.

It appears (from what little I could tell in the pictures) that there's a latch to lock down the attaching hardware (that fell out). But I'd be concerned that, even if the drapery will go back up, what's to prevent it from coming down again?

That being the case, I would use the latch to temporarily hold it up--then I'd drill through both and bolt the 2 together.

And, if you can't figure out how it goes back together, don't be afraid to take one bracket off the wall to try it in a more ergonomic setting. It might be easier to figure it all out when you're not trying to lift a huge, awkward thing up in the air at the same time. As I'm sure you know (as the owner of an older home), sometimes it pays to go "one step back" before you can go forward.

So, "Hang" in there! (sorry couldn't resist!) And I wouldn't give up yet! As much as I don't care for drapery projects, I like the thought of spending $150 even less!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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