Excellent service as always. Highly recommended, nothing is too much trouble.
For your health and safety during drilling, please wear suitable eye protection at all times.
Use an undersized drill bit on your first hole to see what type of fixing you will require. A push fit Rawlplug is best (so you don't create an oversized hole).
(1) φ5.5mm Tungsten tip Masonry Drill Bit. This drill bit will only fit SDS Drills. It is a powerful drill, however it is not a problem if you have a conventional hammer drill it just takes a little longer to drill the holes. See (fig 2) below.
(2) The standard φ5.5mm Tungsten tip Masonry Drill Bit fits conventional drills.
Tip: We find it is better to use a φ5.5mm drill bit rather than the recommended φ6mm drill bit with the Red Rawlplug (fig 6). Generally, you tend to end up with a slightly oversized hole, the trick is to avoid this; you can always re-drill the holes with the φ6mm drill bit if the holes are too small, once you have drilled the pilot holes. Try to achieve a good push fit with the Rawlplug (fig 6), use (No6 or 8) x 32mm long Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9,10).
(3) High Speed Twist Drill Bit φ6.0mm HSS. This drill bit would be used for the Fischer Plaster Plug (fig7) i.e. use for plasterboard and hollow fixings. Tip: to create a tight fit with plaster plug, use (No 6 or 8) x 32mm long Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9,10).
(4) High Speed Twist Drill Bit φ3mm HSS. Use this drill bit if you have a steel lintel. Tip: Use a little oil on the tip of the drill, for example 3 in 1 or something similar, to help lubricate the cutting action and save the tip of the drill.
Be patient and apply firm, even pressure. Give the drill bit time to cut through the metal. Apply too much pressure and the drill bit will snap. Release the pressure as it breaks through. It is not the same as cutting masonry: do not use the hammer action with HSS Drill Bits. Pre-drill the plaster first with masonry drill bit to save the HSS Drill Bit tip.
Use Self Tapping Prodrive screws. The screws' length will depend on the distance to the lintel. (No 6) Self-Tapping Screws are 20-32mm long (fig 11,12,13).13 is a No 8 screw and would need a φ4mm drill bit.
(5) Carbide Tipped Drill Bit for drilling tiles φ8mm. Tip: Apply some masking tape to the face of the tile to prevent the drill slipping on the first initial cut. Drill a φ8mm hole in the tile only, then change to the φ 5.5mm masonry drill bit (fig 2,1) to drill the remainder of the hole. Use Red Rawlplug (fig 6) or Fisher Plaster Plug (fig 7) depending on your lintel type, i.e. concrete, metal or is it hollow? Use the same method as described above for fixings, the φ8mm larger hole in the tile will prevent the tile cracking when the Rawlplug expands with the screws.
(6) Red Standard Rawlplug: use 32mm long size (No6 or 8) Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9 or 10) φ5.5mm drill bit (fig1or 2).
(7) Fischer Plaster Plug (LDF) for plasterboard and hollow fixings with gaps of 2.5cm or more between plaster and lintel. Use 32mm long, size (No 6 or 8) Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9 or 10) φ6.0mm drill bit (fig3). (Remember to create a tight fitting hole).
(8) No 6 20mm long Woodscrew Prodrive for wood and PVC fixings.
(9) No 6 32mm long Woodscrew Prodrive. Use with Red Rawlplug φ5.5mm drill bit or Fischer Plaster Plug φ6.0mm drill bit.
(10) No 8 32mm long Woodscrew Prodrive. Use with Red Rawlplug φ5.5mm drill bit or Fischer Plaster Plug φ6.0mm drill bit.
(11) No6 20mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for PVC & metal fixing, HSS drill bit φ3mm.
(12) No6 32mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for metal fixing, HSS drill bit φ3mm.
(13) No8 32mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for metal fixing, HSS drill bit φ4mm.
All fixings drill bits and tools can be purchased at any good tool merchants, B&Q, and Screwfix.
Please note: The fixings we provide with your blinds may not be suitable for your particular installation. It is not possible to provide all fixings for every situation. So please use the guides above to determine the best method and fixings to use for each blind you are installing.
To fix the blind to the outside of your window recess, measure the blind (B) and the width of your window (A). Deduct A from B and divide by two to give you the measurement each side of the window (C) This is the position your blind will sit between. Mark off how far above the window the blind position will be (D) We advise 4 cm in our How to Measure section.
Start with the controller bracket and offer it up to your marks on the wall. Mark through the hole positions and then drill and fix.
With the controller head and blue lug pointing down, position the blind into the bracket. Locate the pin end bracket on the opposite end and offer up to your marks on the wall compress the pin by approximately half. Mark through the hole positions, keeping the blind level and drill and fix the pin end bracket.
Attach the blind:
Hold the blind to the brackets with the fabric hanging from the back of the blind. Fit the spring plunger into its bracket and push the blind into the bracket, depressing the plunger. With the locating hook pointing downwards and the chain guard lug at the top, place the hook into the vertical part of the ‘+’ shaped hole in the bracket. Allow the hook to drop downwards so that it locks into place in the bracket.
Decide if you are going to face fix, top fix or side fix. We would advise top fix if you have handles, or side fix if you have a small distance between the blind width and the sides of your reveals.
Simply measure the distance of the handles from the window frame and allow an extra 10mm. This will be your measurement from the window frame to the back of your roller blind bracket.
Offer the blind into the recess with the brackets attached to the blind (as described in the outside recess section).
Position the blind central to the window and make a note of how much space you have at each end.
This will be the distance required when positioning the width of the brackets.
A snug fit would allow a side fix if the pin compresses by approximately half, if you have no compression on the pin then you need to mount the brackets closer to the blind by top fixing to gain the required compression on the pin.
Hold the blind to the brackets with the fabric hanging from the back of the blind.
Fit the spring plunger into its bracket and push the blind into the bracket, depressing the plunger.
With the locating hook pointing downwards and the chain guard lug at the top, place the hook into the vertical part of the ‘+’ shaped hold in the bracket.
Allow the hook to drop downwards so that it locks into place in the bracket.
A sidewinder cord offers easy and accurate positioning of the blind.
The back of the beaded loop will bring the blind down and the front will raise the blind.
You may find your blind does not have the clips supplied this will depend on the supplier, if not substitute the clips with masking tape 4cm long strips, apply one strip to the barrel at a time until the fabric is centralised.
Just wipe clean with soft damp cloth.
Simple precautions to significantly reduce the risks.
Window blinds and window furnishings are inherently safe and millions are sold every year, However there have been instances of injury and child deaths involving accidents with window blinds' cords and chains.
We do everything we can to make sure your chosen product is safe for your child. As a minimum, all of our blinds meet the European Standard BS EN 13120 for both performance and safety. Beyond this, safety is at the forefront of our minds right through the design process as we strive to make products that are not only stylish and high-quality, but also safe. The information in this leaflet gives guidance for fitting the provided child safety devices. Please read it carefully and keep it safe for future reference.
Only use the devices and cords/chains provided with your blind. Devices are under continuous development. For this reason, some photographs may not be an exact representation of the provided device, although their function will be the same.
Window coverings can pose a danger to small children. Please be aware that swallowing small parts can cause internal asphyxiation. Looped or low hanging cords, chains or tapes can also cause strangulation.
Please read these instructions carefully before installing and using the device(s). Children can be strangled if any device is not installed correctly. All safety devices must be correctly installed for the protection from strangulation of young children and the proper use of the blind. Keep the instructions for future reference.
As the end user you have a responsibility to ensure the safety device is fitted as per our fitting guides. Our guides are also provided with your order confirmation. If you do not receive a safety device with your order, please contact us at email@example.com stating your order number and the blind that requires the safety cleat. Do not fit your blind until you have received the replacement safety hooks
Why not take this opportunity to inspect all your blinds in the home ? If they do not have a fitted safety device, you must fit one. For assistance with the correct cleat for the blind in question contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org where we can advise on component cost and supply.
Do not tie loose cords and chains together.
Check the condition of all safety devices if not used regularly and replace if the device is faulty.
In the intrest of safety, please keep all pull cords and chains out of reach of children. Move cots, beds and other furniture away from blinds and install safety devices, such as cleats and cord tidies, to limit access to cords. Hanging cords can be a potential risk to children, so the greatest care needs to be taken at all times.
This safety device would be most appropriate for roller blind, roman blind sidewinders.
This device is secured to an adjacent wall and the cord/chains are held permanently within the device.
You will be provided with a child safety cleat with each blind on your order. If you cannot find it, please contact us at email@example.com to request a replacement, before fitting your blind.
To fit the safety hook, put the control chain or cord (or both for verticals) into the hook. Ensure that the chain or cord is taut and that the hook is at the bottom of the loop. Screw the hook to a wall adjacent to the blind. If the hook has a slot, ensure the screw is placed at the bottom of the slot and that the chain is taut before screwing in place. This will prevent the hook from moving up and down during application and ensure that the correct tension is maintained. The chain will be held permanently taut and under constant tension by the safety hook.
The safety hook provided can be used on cords with a diameter of 1.7 - 2.2mm, as well as metal and plastic chains with a 6mm or 12mm pitch chain and a ball diameter of 4.45mm. One cord and one chain can be used together in a safety hook.
Safety hooks can be used instead of chain break connectors on sidewinder roller blinds
The chain break connector allows the chain to break apart if any reasonable force is place in the loop. The connector only works when in the vertical position, for this reason, two connectors must be fitted.
To fit the chain break connectors, join the control chain by placing the last ball of each end of the chain into the larger holes on each side of the connector. If your chain is a continuous loop, close your blind fully and cut the loop on the side nearest the window at the top of the blind for standard roll, or the front of loop if reverse roll. Next, measure 20cm down the chain and cut it at the nearest ball. Then join the chain with a second chain break connector in the same way as above.
If any reasonable weight is placed on the loop the chain break connector will break apart. To reconnect, check that the connector is not damaged and then insert each end of the ball chain into the connector as described above. Chain break connectors can only be used with Roller blinds with a 6mm or 12mm pitch chain with a ball diameter of 4.45mm. Only use the supplied chain with the device.
Use of additional safety devices may reduce the risk of strangulation or injury but cannot be considered fool proof. People in charge of children and vulnerable people are ultimately responsible for following the safety instructions provided by us the manufacturer.
These instructions can also be found within the installation guides provided at time of purchase.