Corded plastic curtain rails

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Corded plastic curtain rails are very useful where access to the windows limited because of furniture. These rails are usually too wide for your window and will need to be shortened. Again a hacksaw can be used for this. Taking care to loosen the cord pulley guide on the end of the rail. Then removing the pulley guide allowing you to pull the cords out of the back of your rail. This allows you to cut your rail to the right size without cutting through the cords.

Corded plastic curtain rails work by creating an endless loop of cord. The loop starts and ends at what is known as the “master carrier”.

Corded plastic curtain rails

What the heck is a “master carrier” when it’s at home ?

Well on a corded curtain rail you have a Master carrier and a Slave carrier, These have little arms on them so that when you close your curtains, one curtain overlaps the other. The master carrier arm is the biggest, the leading edge of you curtain hanging on this arm overlaps the curtain on the smaller arm on the slave carrier.

The other job the carriers have is to move the curtains when you pull the cords to open and close your curtains. The master carrier is where the cord loop starts and finishes. Usually secured in place by a knot at each end.The slave carrier has the cord passing through it, so you can move it to the right position. Then lock it in position.The general idea is when you pull the cords the master And slave carrier move towards each other and meet at the middle of the rail.

Just a little note the cord is usually to long and needs cutting down. Don’t do this until your rail is fitted. then you pull one of the knotted ends out from the the back of the master carrier. Then when the pull cord at the end of the rail is as long as needed. Tie a new knot in the cord at the back of the master carrier and cut of the surplus. A little tip leave 10 to 15cm of surplus cord just in case you need to make any adjustments later on.