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Awning Stuck!!!

Hey All!

A random question! I recently moved into an apartment and didn't check all the awnings whether they work or not!

So the last weekend we had a bit of sun... enough anyway to sit on the balcony and have lunch and enough to want to extend the awnings!

All went well up to the point I wanted to wind one up and it wouldnt budge!

So the questions I have are:

1) Does anyone know how to fix it? I can give more details if anyone has any idea
2) Would I typically be responsible for fixing the awning or would the landlord! (I don't want to phone her unless she is responsible)
3) If they are complicated and it is my responsibility does anyone know of companies that fix these issues and roughly how much are we looking at to get it sorted!

Thanks in advance

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Re: Awning Stuck!!!

if its the ones with arms on the side it may have been extended too far so the arms have gone over centre,

at the hinge point on the arm give it a pull push and wind
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Re: Awning Stuck!!!

Sorry for the lack of info! Its one of the vertical blinds which connects to 2 wires (one on the left and right of the actual blind) and winds up and down rather then outwards!

Hope that makes sense! Will try and take some photos tonight once home!
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Re: Awning Stuck!!!

mmmmm appears my earlier reply has gone.

the housekeeper / agency are normally reponsible for the shutters and blinds.
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Sorry for the lack of info! Its one of the vertical blinds which connects to 2 wires (one on the left and right of the actual blind) and winds up and down rather then outwards!

Hope that makes sense! Will try and take some photos tonight once home!
Most manufacturers put their label someone on the awning. See if you can find this.

You are probably on the hook for a service call, at which point you will learn what is wrong and what the cost of the repair is. If you check your rental contract you will see the amount you are responsible for. But then it gets more complicated, the age of the awning plays a role, and whether it makes sense to repair it. Also, did it break because of its age?

How recently did you move in?

In situations like this, it is best to talk to the landlord. Most of these awnings cannot be left open in rain, so best to be open about the problem.
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Re: Awning Stuck!!!

Try some WD 40 spray. Available at Jumbo or Bau Haus or Coop bau/Hobby. Spray it on all the moving/turning parts. Let it seep in for a couple of minutes then have another go.

And yeah failing that, get in contact with the landlord as they are essentially responsible for all that kind of stuff...
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Try some WD 40 spray. Available at Jumbo or Bau Haus or Coop bau/Hobby. Spray it on all the moving/turning parts. Let it seep in for a couple of minutes then have another go.

And yeah failing that, get in contact with the landlord as they are essentially responsible for all that kind of stuff...

Silicone spray is better. That's what the awning firms use.

It is difficult to say if the landlord is responsible yet without knowing what the problem is. The landlord certainly has the contact person for repairs and should also know the age of the awning. But who has to pay for the problem is still uncertain.
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