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Question DetailsAsked on 1/18/2017

I'm looking for a contractor who will install blinds that i've already purchased. Does this exist?

I live in an apartment complex and ordered up-down blinds to replace the vertical blinds that were there when I bought it. The ceiling we're drilling into is cement and we don't have the tools to install ourselves.

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Here are links to a couple of recent previous similar questions which should help -


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Note if into DIY work, especially if the blinds don't weigh more than say 50-70 pounds or so, all the tools you would need (assuming not going into concrete with embedded radiant heat tubing) to detect rebar and pipes and conduit and such, electric drill purchase, extension cord, a few bits, bit sharpening diamond stone, and anchors/screws/bolts (if not provided with the blinds) would probably be around $75-150 depending on quality you buy - plus maybe another $50-75 for ladder if you don't have one and assuming nor over 8-9 foot ceiling. Of course, all those can be rented cheaper, so depends on whether you want to start building up your DIY tool kit or not. Commonly on DIY jobs, the first time you do a type of specialty job you might not save a great deal if any by buhying the tools rather than hiring someone to do it - but then you ahve the tools in the future for same or similar type work, so very quickly after the first couple or few years you have paid no more for the work, but then have the tools in hand so future jobs are at a significant savings to paying to have it done - assuming you are or want to become home-handy. Not tough to do what you are talking about - but measure twice and drill once, and line up and lightly mark ALL the holes and blind locations FIRST before starting to drill, to be sure ALL holes are going to miss obstructions.


Since an apartment complex, check with building manager on rules about drilling into concete - sometimes pretty strict or required to be done by apartment-chosen contractor. He might also have building plans showing approximate rebar location and any utility runs in the concrete to compare with what your detector (and maybe smart phone/tablet/laptop with camera tuned to near-infrared bias to detect embedded items) - always a good idea to miss the utilities. Will never forget the first time I drilled into an embedded wire - 4160 volt main feed (illegally embedded in concrete without conduit) makes QUITE a light show as it shorts out. Fortunately, it shorted through the carbide bit, not back to the drill.


One other possibility, especially if any problem with management on it, is using the existing blind anchor points to secure a wood firring/mounting strip. Say maybe a piece of true 1x3 hardwood or a softwood 2x3 with normal weight blinds, and prepaint or stain as desired before putting it up using existing anchor holes (with bigger or stronger type anchors if needed for weight) - then put the new blinds up anchored into the firring strip to accomodate different mounting spacings. That is common with in-slab utility conflict situations, and especially with closely-spaced (and harder to find sometimes) in-floor radiant heating loops, and where anchors for blinds and curtain rods and such were put in during initial construction specifically measured to miss conflicting items but management does not allow any new ones to be drilled into the concrete.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD

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This is Erick in Member Care. Thanks for your interest in Angie's List!

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