That black dust again

by Julie Finch-Scally

We have Roman Blinds in our bedroom. Over the past four or five months the cords have not been working well. They wouldn’t stay stuck when the blinds were pulled up and they wouldn’t release when we wanted to pull the blinds down.

This problem occurred a few years ago and hubby had taken down the blinds and replaced the ball bearing rollers at the top. We had to do this again. Hubby found some more rollers on the internet and waited for them to be delivered and find the time to replace the housing.

It wasn’t a difficult job. A little fiddly but it did require removing the blinds from the hooks and unscrewing the roller housing making allowances for the cords that passed over the rollers.

The job was finally completed. The cords were sitting correctly in the ball bearing housing, the blinds were hanging up against the window and when we pulled the cords up and down they worked perfectly.

As hubby looked into the old housing he discovered the problem. There was black dust surrounding the ball bearings stopping them from doing the job. Because they didn’t roll the cords couldn’t move one way or the other.

Of course there was a big discussion on how the black dust got into the ball bearing housing. Our property is in a cul-de-sac but a busy one. There are several blocks of apartments around the T-junction road, and we often have removal trucks delivering furniture as well as the twice a week collection of garbage. As the road is higher than where our block of apartments sit, obviously the fall out from the diesel in the trucks has circulated down from the road and floated through the windows settling in the ball bearing housing of the blinds.

As we won’t be moving in a hurry it looks like we will regularly every two or three years have to replace the ball bearing housing for the Roman Blinds. Ah well, a small price to pay for the use of our window coverings.


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