Over time, the pull cord that’s attached to a Curtain Rod –one that allows easy opening and closing of a set of draperies – can become worn and frayed, eventually causing it to break.
But even though that event might signal to some the end of the life of the rod, in many instances the cord can be repaired, leading to a longer life for the rod and less stress about needing to replace it.
SFGate.com offers an overview of the curtain rod pull repair process:
First, remove the drapes from the pin carriers (those small devices that do the actual traveling back and forth along the rod when opening or closing the drapes) and then take down the rod itself.
You’ll want to locate two different parts of the rod that join up in its midsection: The first has a protrusion that extends over the second part; these would be the overlap carrier and underlap carrier, respectively. The overlap carrier is responsible for allowing one drapery panel to slightly overlap the other one (typically left over right).
Examine either end of the rod, where the pulleys are located. Again, one will be located more toward the rod’s outside edge and is also closer to its top; the other is positioned just underneath the first and is more directed toward the rod’s center. You’ll also see the channel for the cord.
Lay down the rod and remove the old cord. Then, cut a new pull that is 8 inches longer than the old one. Using a paper clip or crochet hook, thread one end of the cord along the outside edge of the pulley that’s close to the top of the rod, and then move on to guide the cord through the overlap carrier.
The process continues with more threading of the cord through various parts—a detailed operation that you can read more about here.