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Problem installing blinds

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by NeilMcRae, Sep 21, 2003.

  1. NeilMcRae

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    I have a problem with some blinds that I need to install in my room. [oh and before you realise it, I'm one of the people that should feature on the worst of the worst DIY'ers :)]

    The room has a wall size window and I bought a couple of wooden blinds that were fitted. Unfortunately I had to take them down to get new windows fitted and the when taking them down they basically fell off the top sill of the window, suffice to say that the goons that fitted them in the first place were having a laugh.

    I've since tried to put them back up but the problem is that I have a lintel [sp?] too that will not allow me to use screws/rawplugs that are long enough as my drill just hits the lintel.

    Is it possible/advisable to even attempt to drill through the lintel?
    Anyone got any other suggestions?

    Cheers,
    Neil.
     
  2. themadhippy

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    how deep into the wall can you drill?you could try filling the hole with epoxy resin and pushing a short piece of stud into the hole,lor you could hire a hilti gun,these "shoot" a fixing into the wall but make sure you follow the instructions else it may go straight through the wall
     
  3. NeilMcRae

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    The hilti gun looks promising but it looks dangerous also :)
    See the picture attached. Will that do the job? Basically the blind slides into some metal fixings that need to be pinned to the window sill frame.
    The blinds slide in and the metal fixings close.

    I can drill about 1 to 1.5 inches really I need to drill about 2.5 inches. What do you mean by stud?

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    if you can drill in up to 1 1/2 you should be ok with normal screws and rawplugs,just cut the plug down to size (cut from the bottom not the top so the plug remains intact),use a no 10 or 12 screw and brown plugs you should be ok.i assume your using a decent masonry bit and hammer drill?
    Stud is a threaded rod,just glue a bit the correct length into the walls using a decent epoxy resin and the wall will collapse before the fixing pulls out.
     
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    It mostly depends on what you have between your wallpaper and your lintel...

    If it's solid plaster and a concrete lintel, with reinforcing rods that you can't get through, then if you can get an inch or so into the lintel then the short rawl plugs/resined studs are probably the best way as Madhippy suggests.

    However, can we just check...

    Because your window is the width of the room, does your wall above the window in front of the lintel sound hollow?

    Because then it's probably plasterboard with nothing much behind it until you hit a cast iron or rolled steel lintel.

    If that is the case, specialist plasterboard fixings are best.

    HTH,

    Dave
     
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    Thanks for your help.

    Not its not hollow for sure, the wall is part of an extention and its make of brick. The problem that I've encoutered with short screws is that the concrete/plaster just crumbles away and the fixings fall out.

    Regards,
    Neil.
     
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    Using construction adhesive you can glue a wooden batten along where you want to put the blind fixings and screw to that. I did this at work when I couldn't be bothered to drill for hours into a reinforced concrete lintel.

    The only problem is the strength depends on how well the glue bonds to the paint to the plaster to whatever is underneath.
     

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