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vertical blinds (by margaret [CA]) Jan 11, 2018 3:19 PM
       vertical blinds (by Richard [MI]) Jan 11, 2018 4:03 PM
       vertical blinds (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 11, 2018 4:10 PM
       vertical blinds (by RockM [OR]) Jan 11, 2018 4:37 PM
       vertical blinds (by plenty [MO]) Jan 11, 2018 4:53 PM
       vertical blinds (by RB [MI]) Jan 11, 2018 4:55 PM
       vertical blinds (by Sparky [PA]) Jan 11, 2018 4:56 PM
       vertical blinds (by Margaret [CA]) Jan 11, 2018 4:59 PM
       vertical blinds (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 11, 2018 5:46 PM
       vertical blinds (by plenty [MO]) Jan 11, 2018 5:52 PM
       vertical blinds (by Moshe [CA]) Jan 11, 2018 6:11 PM
       vertical blinds (by Nicole [PA]) Jan 11, 2018 6:28 PM
       vertical blinds (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Jan 11, 2018 7:09 PM
       vertical blinds (by Jim in O C [CA]) Jan 11, 2018 7:42 PM
       vertical blinds (by Tom [FL]) Jan 11, 2018 9:53 PM
       vertical blinds (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Jan 12, 2018 11:15 AM
       vertical blinds (by Vee [OH]) Jan 12, 2018 11:22 AM
       vertical blinds (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 13, 2018 4:36 PM

vertical blinds (by margaret [CA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 3:19 PM

How long do vinyl vertical blinds last, specifically the hole at the top of the blinds that attach to the valance?

At the top of my blind stats, some of the slats have broken over

the years. I have been fixing the broken tops with tape, but the tape gives out and the blinds fall down.

I asked my landlord to replace the broken slats, but they say

that I am responsible for replacing the slats.

The blinds came with the apartment and are over 18 years old.

I don't have pets or children and I have done nothing other than usual usage of the blinds.

I have lived in my apartment for 18 years. I take good care of my

place and I always pay my rent ahead of time. The rent is very


I ESPECIALLY would like to know how long the tops of vinyl

vertical blinds usually last. I would like to give my landlord an expected lifetime of the tops of the blinds so that maybe they will pay to replace them.

vertical blinds (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 4:03 PM

You can get a hole puncher for a few bucks and just punch another hole. Less time to do it than it took to write your complaint here.

vertical blinds (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 4:10 PM

I guess I would keep repairing them as best I could. I think your landlord is a cheap #$%^. Are you able to move? You are obviously not breaking the slats. Probably it's just sun and heat damage and just plain old plastic breaking down. Do you have family who could help you move? Is it possible that the real owner of the building doesn't even know you are having a problem and you are talking to some dumb clerk? I would get out of there before something more serious needed repair and you get the same bad treatment. I just spent $1,200 on new blinds for one of my rentals so the tenants would have something nice to look at and easy to use. If there is danger they could fall on you and hurt you I would call the health department in the town. But it sounds like your landlord is an uncaring psychopath so it probably wouldn't matter anyway. Start looking around for another place.

vertical blinds (by RockM [OR]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 4:37 PM

Sounds like you can't count on your LL to fix it. To do it yourself, get a pkg of replacement slats for $12 at home depot. Maybe cheaper online. Otherwise cut a new hole/slot on the old slat as someone else mentioned. --157.245.xx.xx

vertical blinds (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 4:53 PM

After 18 years that is just normal wear and tear. You can buy new vertical blinds, just the slants. $20 and they will cut them to length. Your state is different in may ways about tenant and LL relationships... Sorry about that .... --66.87.xx.xx

vertical blinds (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 4:55 PM

If the Vertical Blinds are 18 years old, like you claim,

tell your Landlord that RB said they should be

replaced, on His Dime and Time.

How long do the tops of Vertical Blinds usually last ?

18 years. (sound familiar?)


vertical blinds (by Sparky [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 4:56 PM

There is a repair clip called a Verticle blind vane saver. You press the Curved Metal Clips over the broken Carrier tabs on your Vinyl Vertical Blind Vanes to allow the carrier to hold the vane in place. They are much cheaper than replacing the vanes.

vertical blinds (by Margaret [CA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 4:59 PM

Thank you for your responses. The funny thing is, the landlord and I have always had a good relationship. They have been very prompt in fixing other things, as few as they were. I fix small things myself. We have friendly talks on the phone and in person. As I mentioned, I have lived here 18 years. That is because I love this apartment and the location, and it is very hard to find a nice place in Long Beach, CA.

I could take your suggestions to fix the blinds myself, like punching new holes at the bottom of the slats and hang from the new hole. I have looked into what it would cost to replace the slats myself. It isn't all that expensive, but there could be a problem in matching the color, weight, and quality of the blinds I have now. I believe the landlord has a source that would match the blinds perfectly. I might try approaching the landlord one more time. If that doesn't work, I think I will have no choice but to try buying slats that match myself.

Thank you all again for your responses and suggestions.

vertical blinds (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 5:46 PM

Boo hoo. you make yourself sound like some helpless person at the mercy of a bad landlord. Then you admit that everything is sunshine and flowers. You wasted my time. I could have been listing a $400 coin on Ebay.

vertical blinds (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 5:52 PM

Margaret, if u ever move to my state to start got a place to rent and new blind too! --66.87.xx.xx

vertical blinds (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 6:11 PM

1. Vertical blinds can last forever if they are well-treated. Otherwise, they will not last forever.

2. Your LL is correct, that broken slots are damage and the tenant is responsible for their replacement.

3. Richard of MI suggests punching a hole in the other end of a slat. That will allow the slat to be hung, but it leaves an unsightly hole in the bottom, plus you the tenant will ultimately be responsible for replacement when you finally move out.

4. There are other gimmicks which can be used to repair slats with broken slots. There are things call "vane savers" which are pieces of plastic with adhesive and a slot, which can cover the broken slot with a strengthened slot. They are available at a drapery & blind store. Back in the old days when I used to use them, I found that after a few years, they discolored and were no longer invisible, and look bad.

5. Van savers are also available in a metal model.

6. I get new vanes for a low price. I bought a whole box years ago, 83", and cut them with a scissors to fit smaller sizes. A few dollars each.

7. After 18 years, if your LL is not willing to make you a gift of new window coverings, he's a cheapskate.

vertical blinds (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 6:28 PM

This week, in a new place, I just dealt with vertical blinds for the first time ever. What a ridiculous invention. they will be gone on Saturday.

vertical blinds (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 7:09 PM

They have never worked for us. They always seem to break. I've tried every brand same result. It doesn't seem that price makes a difference in longevity.

I would get rid of them but I can't figure out what else to use with sliding glass doors.

Suggestions? --71.75.xx.xx

vertical blinds (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 7:42 PM

Go to a vertical blinds store not Home Depot and they sell a metal piece which goes over the top of the blind. Now that extends the life of the vertical blind to many many years. Cost is about a dollar each. --75.22.xx.xx

vertical blinds (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 9:53 PM

Yes Nicole of PA vertical blinds are dated window coverings. The best place for vertical blinds are in the garbage.

NC Investor, thats the reason for vertical blinds they are used on sliding glass doors. However go to check out the Panel Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors. Now that being said I have not used them so I am not sure the negatives of the 3 panels for a slider. --99.56.xx.xx

vertical blinds (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 11:15 AM


I understood their purpose which is why I still have them. Thanks for the suggestion. I 'll take a look at them and try to find some user reviews. It is hard to believe there could be anything worse than verticals. --71.75.xx.xx

vertical blinds (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 11:22 AM

Flip the blind upside down - have the new hole there, the headrails used to be all metal gears now only the big bux blinds have metal, not suitable for most rental people but you can re-use your slats by punching the other end - HD or lowes prolly do it free.

vertical blinds (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 4:36 PM

I am not sure how long the cordless blinds will last.....the corded ones typically last me about 10 years.....then again, I have had residents break them after 6 months too

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