SBW#20 – Vertical Blind Slat Replacement

For whatever reason you need to replace vertical blind slat. For me the need arose from a wild soccer ball in the house by a child that should know better than to kick it in the house. As a result, that stray ball resulted in cracking a chunk of one of our vertical blind slats out.

Time to replace that broken unsightly slat. The process is really quite simple and anyone can do it really quickly and at a cost significantly less than replacing the whole blind or paying someone to do it.

First things first – you’ll need to procure a new slat or slats depending on how many need replacing. In order to get a slat that matches as close as possible you should check to see if you can get the slat replacement for your particular manufacture. For me, I couldn’t find one so I turned to Amazon to purchase PVC Vertical Blind Replacement Slat (white).

I measured the width and length and took note of the color and the curvature of the slat. Mine are slight curved and not flat. Pretty simple. 3.5″ by at least 67″ in white color. As long as the replacement was at least that I should be good. After all I could always cut to length if it was too long so the width, color and curvature was the most important to me.

I purchased a replacement PVC slat and once it was delivered I measured out the appropriate length, cut it with a pair of scissors and went to work.

After taking down the broken slat I laid it next to the new one so I could get the exact length. I draw a line and cut it with a normal pair of scissors.

Once cutting was complete all I had to do was snap it back in place on the vertical blind stem. To see how vertical blind stems are replaced read my SBW#14 – Graber Vertical Blind Repair article.

This video illustrates how I went about replacing the slat is a quick and easy task to complete.

Parts Used

Amazon Link: PVC Vertical Blind Replacement Slat (white).

SBW#19 – Quick Toilet Flapper Replacement

Every hear that slight little trickle of water running from your toilet tank to the bowl? That sound of the toilet refilling when you did not flush? Well, if you did, you are not alone.

One day I noticed my toilet in my bathroom just started randomly refilling. Since I had this same problem with a toilet in a different bathroom I had a good idea the toilet flapper was worn out.

At first I thought I’d just clean the bottom of the flapper and the rim where the flapper sits to make a seal. Maybe this was solve my problem and for a few days it seemed to slow down the problem but it still persisted. Time to replace the flapper.

Replacing the flapper is really a simple process and you don’t need any special tools (or plumber) to do it. Simple purchase a new one, remove the old one and put the new one back in the tank.

This is not for the faint of heart. You’re going to get your hands wet and you’re going to see the mechanical parts in the toilet tank. After all, what could be worse with dealing with a toilet – the clean side or the used side?!

The particular toilet flapper I use is a Korky Universal Flapper – namely the 2004BP model. It has a 5 year warranty, an adjustable float and is relatively easy to install.

Now the scare part once you have your new flapper. Remove the tank lid off the back of your toilet and reach in, remove the old one and install the new one.

Not so scary after all. Watch the video below to see how quick and easy this process can be.

Amazon Link:
Korky Universal Flapper – 2004BP