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How to Operate Window Blinds Covered With Shrink Film

Applying winter window film over mini blinds prevents you from opening and closing them. We show you a neat trick that let’s you operate them even when they’re covered with window film.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

How to Operate Window Blinds Covered With Shrink Film

Applying winter window film over mini blinds prevents you from opening and closing them. We show you a neat trick that let’s you operate them even when they’re covered with window film.

Remove the wand and apply the film

Cut holes in the shrink film so you can access the wand and lift cords. Start by removing the rotating wand from the blinds before you apply the shrink film. To unhook the wand, lift the retaining ring (if any) and lift the wand off the hook. Apply the window film, shrink it in place, apply tape and cut holes.

Install the wand and pull out the lift cords

Once you cut the holes you can reinstall the wand and access the lift cords.

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October 08, 10:46 PM [GMT -5]

Well for me is just use the outside version of the shrink film if you need operable blinds or you may use this Orange county Blind Repair much easier to to use.

February 01, 7:05 AM [GMT -5]

It would appear from the last photo that you are left with an opening, which altho small, would defeat the purpose of the shrink film.

February 01, 7:05 AM [GMT -5]

It would appear from the last photo that you are left with an opening, which altho small, would defeat the purpose of the shrink film.

January 30, 6:43 PM [GMT -5]

But then you've destroyed the air seal so you might as well not bother putting up the film

November 16, 2:30 PM [GMT -5]

Better to just use the outside version of the shrink film if you need operable blinds.

November 16, 12:56 AM [GMT -5]

Yes. Yes it will.

November 15, 9:21 PM [GMT -5]

A nice idea, but doesn't having two holes in the film defeat the insulation quality of the film somewhat by allowing quicker migration of cold air into the room?

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