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Old 09-02-2015, 01:02 AM   #1
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ETI shades autopsy

Playing with the standard shade (stringy thingy with the back-stabber spools on each end) and found there is no tension device in it. It's just one string that runs from one spool, up-across-down the shade to the other spoolie.

Tension appears to depend on how hard the installer pulls on the string, then they tie a knot and cut off the excess after the spool is mounted on the triangle corner plate.

ETI has that metal triangular plate fabricated to mount the spool. Working up a more flexible version for those windows where we sit.

I ordered all these parts thru ETI to dismember and play with. Wifey said NO to taking apart our 21 shades..........
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:08 AM   #2
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Not sure what you are attempting to do.
Trying to get rid of the spools?
I've had no problem with tension myself.
Suspect wifey might be a bit tense though.

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Old 09-02-2015, 01:09 AM   #3
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I have one that won't stay up how do I fix it?
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:51 AM   #4
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I have had a couple of them apart for various reasons. They are a very simple design, and I appreciate that.

If you tighten the string, the action is stiffer. I imagine this is what you need to do to help them stay up, but that was never the issue with mine.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:59 AM   #5
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Go for it, Charlie! Only solution I could come up with is pillows.
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:45 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by tractors1 View Post

Wifey said NO to taking apart our 21 shades..........
That's also the limiting factor on some of my projects.

I also just prop up a big fat pillow for when I'm lounging sitting sideways.


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