Florida Room and vertical blinds · · PAGE 5.
December 3, 2013: The door to the Florida
Room comes from the den area where we have our dining table. We have collected some
furniture for the patio and the Florida Room.
Here is the view looking through the sliding door from the family room west of
the kitchen. It shows the kind of vertical blinds inside the house and they are in
good shape. They are white on one side...
... and beige on the other side to be similar to the color of the walls in this
part of the house.
The vertical blinds in the Florida Room are thicker, longer, heavier, and have
been here for a long time. Two of the FIVE sets of these blinds are broken and will
not move easily if at all. These are white fabric on one side and beige on the edge.
The other side of these verticals that face the outside are white
plastic. This two-ply design is what makes these heavy.
February 6, 2014: The replacement blinds
have been installed and they work great, they are lighter than the old two-ply blinds that
were removed. The mechanical rails are all brand new as are the cords used to open
and close them. This is the new set at the west end of the room that open from the
middle. The original blinds down here opened from one side pulling toward the main
house when open.
Here is the blind at the northwest corner of the room. All four sets of
blinds on the north wall cover a sliding door. The vary in width by an inch or
so to match each sliding door dimensions and the aluminum space between them.
This second set of blinds is open to show the shrubbery outside near the patio
made from square paver stones.
This photo shows the last two of four sets of blinds in the room near the back
part of the house with the green wall. The cushions stacked in the corner are for
the outdoor patio chairs. One of those chairs is visible in the photo above.
The Florida Room is not air conditioned. With all four sliding doors opened and the
screens pulled in place to cover the open doors, it can be nice in here on a cool day.
As the household handy man, I get to do the usual chores. The
refridgerator has through-the-door ice delivery and fresh chilled water. The wife
noticed the dirt behind the ice guide. I sat down in a folding chair in front of the
freezer door to find this stuff. I loosened the two clips that hold the ice guide in
place and was able to clean out the "gunk" with my pocket screwdriver and an
alcohol cotton swab. When I snapped the guide back in its normal place, it was
loose. Eventually the guide was replaced by a new one which literally was a
"snap" to install. I could see why it had been loose when I got the old
one off and in my hands.
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