“This item (I purchased the antique gold one) did not come with instructions. There are two main rod pieces and I cannot figure out how they're supposed to go together. One half has a smaller telescoping piece that is inside a bigger piece. The other half has a small extension inside the main bigger piece, and this small extension is like a cuff (has a strip out of it so that it can be squeezed to be a bit adjustable). I'm not sure if this small extension is supposed to go inside the smaller telescoping piece of the other side, or is supposed to clip on to the outside of the small telescoping piece of the other side. Unfortunately, testing which of these scenarios would work best would scratch the paint all up. Please help!”
The two main rod pieces connect together by using the "cuff" which squeezes to go inside both of the main pieces. Push both of the pieces together until they are flush. This may scratch the cuff a little. The smaller rod piece then goes into the end of the main rod, then the end caps can be tightened into place on the ends of the smaller piece and the main piece.