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  • higgo
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    Thanks Stoner.

    Have you faced the same conundrum as me or do you have superior googling skills?

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    Skillz innit.
    I take cheques 🙂

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    BTW SHower rings may be a cheaper solution – they can be split, but dont look so good.
    http://www.curtain-track-parts.co.uk/Shower_Rings.htm

    higgo
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    I checked John Lewis yesterday and those 'passing rings' weren't there. Honestly they weren't.
    Either that or some of the things Mrs Higs says about the way I look for things may be true?

    higgo
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    We inherited a curtain pole with the house that appears to be one continuous length of iron rod. On the ends of this rod are two balls that are welded on. There are some plastic (bakelite?) curtain rings on this rods which will not go over the balls. Over time a number of these rings have snapped and we now don't have enough to hang the curtains properly.

    After much pulling and twisting I'm convinced the rod and balls are one solid piece. I've googled (without success) for 'split' curtain rings or something that clips onto the rod rather than going on at the end.

    Can anyone help me?

    gusamc
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    Could you use picture wire to tie into loops.

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    Stupid question. If the rod and balls are solid then how did the last guy get the rings on (discounting magic). I can't believe he put the rings on and then welded it up. The ends must come off somehow – I know you've tried but they just must. Could they have rusted in? WD40 / GT85 time I think.

    Failing that a length of steel tube froma tube suppliers will be a tenner or so and choose some ends you like from John Lewis or the like. Might be cheaper than specialist rings.

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    We've got passing rings on our pole.
    It must have been made by a blacksmith if you can't get the finial ends off.

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    Have you tried Arighi Bianchi?

    nbt
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    You normally can't put passing rings on the pole directly, you need to take off the finials: they're designed to pass over the supporting brakcet but not get pulled off the pole

    normally finials have a grub screw somewhere to fix them onto the pole. have a good old shufty at the pole, when I fitted out I made sure the grub screws were not visible from a normal position.

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    Hig's so far you are in the lead for "slightly odd but very specific request thread" prize ahead even of the “Geologists hammer” thread

    higgo
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    Have you tried Arighi Bianchi?

    Might nip in tomorrow.

    Hig's so far you are in the lead for "slightly odd but very specific request thread" prize ahead even of the “Geologists hammer” thread

    I find there's not much the hive-mind of STW can't answer (although it came up blank re restaurant 'La Popote' the other day). Must have a look at the "Geologist's Hammer" thread – I don't think my brother's swung his in anger since becoming management some years ago.

    If the rod and balls are solid then how did the last guy get the rings on (discounting magic). I can't believe he put the rings on and then welded it up.

    Looking at it it does appear to have been welded up with the rings in place. But if it helps you to believe in magic….

    You normally can't put passing rings on the pole directly

    Nigel (Mr Overshoot) knows I have the skills hammer needed to get them on the pole.

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    This may sound drastic. However if you saw the pole in half, directly in the centre, put the new full rings on. Buy a centre bracket and voila.

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    higgo – Member

    Looking at it it does appear to have been welded up with the rings in place. But if it helps you to believe in magic….

    I have a friend who makes this sort of stuff and often permanently welds finials on once he has the number of steel rings fitted that the customer asked for

    I find there's not much the hive-mind of STW can't answer (although it came up blank re restaurant 'La Popote' the other day). Must have a look at the "Geologist's Hammer" thread – I don't think my brother's swung his in anger since becoming management some years ago.

    In a strange coincidence my father was one of Hig's lecturers in Geology @ Bristol Uni

    Nigel (Mr Overshoot) knows I have the skills hammer needed to get them on the pole.

    Oh Hig's has "the skills" for sure he is a Jedi master in the use of kitchen knifes patio slabs and garden shears in the pursuit of bike "maintenance"

    higgo
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    Bought some passing rings (from John Lewis). The gap in them is only just big enough to get them on the pole and the weight of the curtain holds them on. All good so far (two days). Mind you the kids haven't had a good swing on them yet.

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