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Reattaching curtain batten without removing it

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by stealthwolf, 22 Jan 2020.

  1. stealthwolf

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    It’s not even been a year but alas something happened. The two halves of the curtain rail disconnected. The middle edge of one half fell down but I caught it. This put some stress on the batten which has levered away from the wall at the top edge by about half an inch.

    There are 7-8 screws along the batten holding it into the wall, and I used some no more nails type stuff.

    How can I reinforce the batten without having to take everything down and start again? Ideally I’d want to drill through both batten and wall, insert wall plug and drive in a screw but not sure what sizes to go for.
     
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    you could use a frame fixer, just drill through the batten and wall, insert the frame fixer and hammer it in.
    You can get away with doing the same with a screw and rawlplug, possibly a screwdriver at the end
     
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    6mm multipurpose bit
    Drill through both batten and wall to depth of plug
    Use 8 gauge screw to knock plug through batten into wall and tighten

    Job done
     
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    I am assuming your wall is solid ?
     
  6. stealthwolf

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    Brick
     
  7. stealthwolf

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    I wish I’d known about this earlier. Then again I didn’t have an SDS drill at the time either. Feels like the batten is solidly affixed.

    I now plan to use frame fixers for the two rooms that don’t have curtain battens (previous owners used blinds inside the aperture).
     
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    One of my least favourite jobs!

    I always seem to end up 'finding' a steel with my drill bit - usually covered over with a chunk of plasterboard and a cavity...I've had to use polyester resin before (cheap one shot ones from lidl) to get a decent hold for a curtain pole.
     
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