Tuesday, March 15, 2016

More DIY

I came across a video about how to replace broken slats on Venetian blinds.  The blinds in my bedroom are those really cheap plastic kind.  They snap easily and I don't think the beating down Florida sun helps them much.  I had three broken slats so I was thinking of replacing the blinds altogether, but frugality won out.
I went through the process of untying the strings, rearranging the slats, then rethreading the strings--tedious but not hard.  So I will have those blinds for a little longer.

I also registered my car in Florida.  It lives here full time even if I don't.  I have my new Florida tag and I replaced the Vermont one.  Now I will have to drive like a Floridian.

The process was not nearly as difficult as I thought it might be. The hard part was finding the department of motor vehicles--otherwise known as the county tax collector's office.  Well, even harder was paying the $326 initial registration fee.

I now own a little piece of Florida land and the house that sits on it and a Florida car.  Lucky me!

16 comments:

  1. I'm impressed by your DIY project.

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  2. I'm a little clumsy and would not have the patience to fix my blinds. I admire your determination.

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  3. I remember many years ago when blinds had wide wood slats people either restrung them themselves or you could pay someone to do it. Then for some reason cheap plastic mini blinds became the rage. Now I'm seeing a lot of the wide slat blinds again but haven't felt of them to see if they're wood or plastic. Good for you being frugal but you are much more patient that me. Sometimes I think we spend our lives doing little else but taking care of the needs of houses and cars.

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    1. The blinds in the main living area are plastic made to look like wood, but they are much more substantial than the cheap, thin slat ones in the bedroom. Of course, in the bedroom is where I would appreciate the better quality -- someday that will happen.

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  4. I have never tried restringing blinds and I'm impressed that you did. We need to repair when we can. We have become such a throw away society and a lot of what is made these days is of that quality, but when you find something worth saving, we need to make it our new priorities. Having said all that - your a better man than me for tackling it!!

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  5. Restringing blinds sounds like Tedious with a capitol T! I'm impressed.
    Florida cars must be special. It certainly costs a lot to become one.

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    1. Fortunately you only have to restring to the broken slat and the tend to be toward the bottom for some reason.

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  6. Bravo for taking on that task of repairing your blinds. I would never have attempted such a feat.

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  7. You are indeed fortunate, Olga. Those blinds look nice.

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  8. I have to shorten my new blinds but have been afraid I'd mess it up. You have given me the inspiration to at least try!

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  9. I cannot imagine restringing the blinds. The finished product looks great. I'm not sure I like the sound of driving like a Floridian! (Scary)

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  10. Give you credit for redoing the blinds. Maybe next time I will try.
    Can't believe how much you were charged to register you car in Fl. Mercy.

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  11. You are marvelously independent. I like that you repaired the blinds as I know I would have save some money and hung sheets until I got new ones.

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  12. Gracious! I just tried to post something and it disappeared on me. I just wanted to say that I think you are really, really amazing. I think it's fabulous that you're able to be so independent and figure out how to do these things. Wow!

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  13. I had no idea that blinds could be repaired. Good work!

    So how do Floridians drive?

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  14. I'm also curious - how do Floridians drive? Good job on your DIY project. I don't know that I would have the patience.

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