We just moved into a house and the previous owner has a quilted shade in a
half circle window that sits on top of another window. He didn't leave the
The string runs up the center of the half- window to the peak of the
half-window and the string has a small ball fixed to it. So to operate the
half shade, you move the ball up and down using a wand. That moves the
string around a pulley at the peak and bottom and the shade opens and
Prices for these things are in the $40-70 range and I'm thinking a four foot
dowel with something fixed to the end, would do the same thing. I've been
wandering around the local Ace looking for something to attach to the pole,
but no ideas have jumped out.
I'm thinking something that looked like a small claw so I could maybe hook
it around the ball to pull down (ball is about size of small marble) and
then just put it underneath the ball and push up to close it.
I need a little more information to help you. There is a reducer ball used
for this type of thing. Multiple cords enter the top and a single cord
exits the bottom. The two halves screw together.
Does yours have a hole in the bottom? If so all you need is some cord. A
picture would help. Places let you post them for free and you can link to
I am a little confused by the "push up to close" comment. That makes me
thing of an operating pleated shade.
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Yes, it is a pleated shade on a half-moon window. You pull the ball down
and it moves the shade up (closed). You push the ball up and it opens the
shade. One single very thin line in the center of the shade.
Camera is broke at the moment.
Joe, I have never seen one with a ball. Most of the have a loop or a small
handle and use a variety of this item.
How do you push a string up? Release the cord lock and lower the shade I can
see. Some of the newer units do have a tension system that allows them to
stop at any point.
As I said in the first post. The string is a stretched closed loop, a
circle that loops around a slider at top and bottom. When you push up, the
weight of the shade drops it. Pulling down, raises the shade. The string
is taut the entire time.
Have you tried installing the kind of dowel people use at the base of flag
poles? Run a strong knotted rope (maybe the nice, thin, white kind of
rope) up through there and you should be in business, friend!
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I am familiar with what you are talking about. They are used for commercial
applications like black out and very heavy drapes in hotels and such. But I
am not quite sure of what you need. Can you post a pic? If you just need a
strong pole to lengthen the one you have, buy a length of steel pipe
(actually small tubing, not pipe), or perhaps a piece of 1/2" conduit
painted the right color. Those rods can take a lot of abuse due to their
length and leverage, and sometimes it is important to have something like
conduit or something heavy that won't break vs. something light that looks
good, and breaks.
Do you use that ball mechanism to unlock it or to push/pull the drapes shut?
Is there a motorized closure device on there, or just a straight pull?
A pic would help a lot.
Heart surgery pending?
I'm learning my terms as I go. It is a vertical pleated shade. It operates
up and down. Camera broke at the moment. You push the ball up, which
brings the shade down (open). You pull the ball down, which moves the shade
up, to the closed position.
Baton is the word you are looking for. The fiberglass or steel coated ones
are the best. The plastic ones like used on blinds are not stiff enough to
do the job. The last picture on this page is a fiberglass one.
Unless I'm missing something, it won't work. I could clip it on the ball in
the shade-up ball down position. But when the shade is down, the ball is at
the top of its travel, too high to reach. I don't want to just leave the
baton hanging down the center of the window.
Can you change the ball to a hook, so that all you need is a baton with
a loop on the end to move it? Decorative or plain hooks come in lots of
sizes....or just a ring, like a small curtain ring? Go to the garden
center, pick out bamboo plant stakes of the right size, paint and you
have a baton. When I made drapes for our condo, we bought some 2", 13'
bamboo for the rods. Bought plain wood rings, stained and finished to
match bamboo...didn't want hubby closing the light colored drapes with
his grubby hands, so I made a baton to open and close them. Turned out
to be easier to just slide the rings by hand, as the bamboo was a little
bumpy and they didn't slide with the baton thingy.
We have some on our vacation rentals. We had to go with shorter ones, as
people would easily bend or break long ones with the additional leverage.
Heart surgery pending?
Presenting my .19 solution:
It's an old Libman mop handle and a .19 hook that I opened just enough to
allow the string inside. Hook it on the topside and pull down to close the
shade and push from underneath to open. Works great. Thanks for all the
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