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      CommentAuthorDrew
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2009
     
    Well, I have project that I am not sure what the "Elegant Solution" would be.

    Problem:

    I have a sky light that needs to have a blind installed to block out the afternoon sun.

    Solution:

    I have the blind. Now I need to install it so it will have tension on the "down/bottom" end of it to simulate gravity.

    As to not say to much to sway you thoughts on this, what do you all think would be a simple and aesthetic solution?

    Be good,

    Drew
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    Hi Drew -
    maybe magnets will work for you. There are incredably powerful magnets that are available now that are very small, and inexepensive. Alec
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    Drew:

    Have you given any thought to building something like what is used on a car's sunroof? Another idea might be similar to a remote controlled awning. I wish I could be of more help.

    BPR
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      CommentAuthorDrew
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2009
     
    The length I need to traverse is about four foot. Springs loose tension as they get shorter. Obviously magnets are too weak. I will take a photo tomorrow to better inform you all.

    Be good(tonite),

    Drew
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    Drew:

    Any luck on your quest?
    BPR
    • CommentAuthorJPG40504
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2009
     
    Replace the 'raise/lower' cord with a dowel or tubing. Secure the 'bottom' to the side opposite the normal 'top'. Not knowing any dimensions etc. I do not know if this is feasible.
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      CommentAuthorDrew
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2009
     
    I think I have an idea that will work. I have, however made it more difficult by adding a motor to this concept. Anyone know about electric motors and/or remote controls?

    I will try to have a drawing up to illustrate.

    I love problem solving,

    Drew
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    I don't know if this would work, but maybe request a promo guide from Sunsetter Awnings. Maybe their motorized awnings might give you and idea on how to adapt wht they do to your project.
    BPR
    • CommentAuthorBeeg
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2009
     
    Well Drew, you could insert short dowel rods in the ends of the bottom piece. Then those would fit over hooks and hold up the bottom end of the blinds.
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    Sorry for your hot sunshine, Drew! When up in Montana, a friend of mine had a manufactured home with a skylight and to avoid the heat, he installed a window shade and used a pole to pull it down, then hook it to the far side of the opening.

    A better bet is to replace the skylight with one of the newer ones that allow no heat to dome through. My present manufactured home has two of them and there is no shadows or heat comming into the rooms. They have domed shaped tops and multiple layers of plastic. I don't know how they get rid of the heat, but they are effective. Check with the manufactured home makers in Phoenix, AZ. to find sources.

    BTW, I'm in the Mojave desert in Southern CA. Today's temp is 112. No clouds in the last couple months!

    Good luck,
    Chuck


    P.S. Here are some sources and sizes - specs are available giving reference to insulation.
    http://mobilehomepartsstore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MHPS&Product_Code=550403
    • CommentAuthorRiot_Nrrd
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2009
     
    Drew - maybe build someting like a window counter balance? e.g. attach two pulleys on the "down" edge of the opening, atatch two springs on the "up" edge of the opening, then run cords form the bottom of the blinds, through the pulleys, then back up tot he springs. When you open the blinds, the cord will put tension on the springs to pull them back down. If the springs are too tight, you can add a couple more pulleys and increase the range of the cord. To get fancy, you can put the whole thing in a frame with hidden boxes that hide the mechanics.

    You'll also need some kind of track to keep the blinds in place. Maybe jsut drill them on each end, then run rods through them, monting the rods to the ceiling?
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