I am so glad it is finally Works For Me Wednesday! I have been sitting on this post for 12 whole days.
A couple weeks ago, one of the slats broke on the much-abused vertical blind over my sliding glass door. (We Owlhavens wear things hard, especially the ever-busy little Owls.) As you can see below, the slat just ripped straight through the top of the hole.
My first fix was just to move one slat in from the end of the blind to fill the gap in the middle. But I started thinking that if one had broken, others were sure to follow. I wondered if there was any way to fix it. I thought about super-gluing some more plastic to block off the hole, but I was sure that wouldn’t last.
While thinking it over, I had a brainstorm. I realized the other end of the slat was still in perfect condition. If I could just cut the right size of hole in the unbroken end, I could turn the slat around, putting that end at the top of the window, and leaving the broken bit down at the floor where most people would probably not even see it.
It was a piece of cake to mark the right place to cut the new hole. All I did was gently fold the slat in half, and then mark with a pen on the good end, using the broken end as a template for perfect placement of the hole.
Next, how to cut it? I was afraid that a knife or a pointy scissors would leave a ragged cut. I realized that the original hole, though rectangular, was very close in size to the hole made by a standard hole punch. I whipped out my trusty three-holer, and punched away. Voila. A nice clean hole.
I thought I might have to shave the hole more rectangular, but it turns out that the circular opening pops into the clip in the blind perfectly!
Now that I’ve figured out how to do this, I think I could fix the next broken slat in three minutes flat. This little trick will probably double the life of my blind. Works for me!