Window shades can be great for providing privacy and blocking out sunlight, but one of the biggest problems with a roller shade is that they have a tendency to pop out of their brackets. Over time, the pin at the end of supporting rod becomes sheared down from spinning in the bracket.

A new roller shade could cost more than $20 and while you can’t buy a replacement pin you can remove the old pin from the roller shade with a pair of pliers and insert an eight-penny nail in its place. Tap the nail in about a 1/2″ then use cutting pliers to nip the nail head off. Once you have the nail in place, put the shade back in its brackets.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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