Window Sash Balance Repair

If your window won’t stay up when you open it you will probably need a window sash balance repair. What this entails is to buy a new window sash to replace the one currently in your window frame. You will want to make sure that the sash balance is rated to carry the weight of the sash in your window. You can either contact the manufacturer of your window to see if they carry replacements or go to a local window and door repair company to order it from them.

Replacing the sash balance is much less expensive than being talked into replacing the entire window, and just about anyone can do the job. Even a teen in the family can make the replacement.

Once you have the new sash balance you are ready to make the window sash balance repair. First you locate the take out clips on each side of the window frame and pop out the bottom of the clips. You can either slip a thumb nail under the clip to pop it out or you can use a flat head screwdriver.

Once you have popped out the clips on both sides you raise the sash up to engage the take out clips and then push the sash to either the left or right and tilt the sash inward to remove.

You are now ready to remove the old window sash balance. The sash balance is under tension so take hold of it firmly and press down to remove the top portion and then lift up to release the tension and remove the balance from the window frame.

When you look at the new sash balance you will see a hook on the bottom and this is placed into a small slot in the frame, then with a firm grip on the balance press down till you can attach the top to the take out clip. Repeat the process on the other side of the window.

Once you have both sash balances installed you are ready to replace the sash. All you do is press the sash into one side of the frame over the top of the bottom attachment and then press the other side into the frame. Then lower the sash and push the take out clips back in and you are all finished. You have completed the window sash balance repair, and it should work as good or better than it did when it was brand new.

As you can see the window sash balance repair is simply a matter of replacing the old broken sash balance with a new one. There is no need to replace the entire window, so don’t let anyone try to talk you into a complete window replacement when it isn’t necessary. It is often a good idea to buy an extra window sash balance to keep on hand in case the sash balance in another window goes out. It will save you a trip to the store or the wait if you order the balance over the Internet. It is always a good idea to have at least one sash balance on hand in case you need it.

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Repair Casement Window Cranks

If you have a casement window and after unlatching the lock the handle of the crank just spins without opening the window you have a little problem. You may be able to repair casement window cranks, but it all depends on how big the problem is. If you remove the handle and look inside to find that the teeth grips are stripped, you may be able to find a replacement handle at your local hardware store. If the handle isn’t the problem you may have stripped gears on the crank itself. This isn’t too difficult to repair. The problem may be finding a replacement crank.

Once you inspect the crank mechanism and find that it is stripped you will have to remove it. The first thing you will need to do is to remove the crank arm from its guide track. Just remove the screen and open the window until the plastic guide bushings line up with the guide track notch. You should be able to slip the arm off from the window track.

You next look for the mounting screws inside the screen track. You will need to unscrew them so that you can remove the cover to be able to get to the cranks inside. If there aren’t any trim screws the casement cover may be nailed or stapled in place. You will need to slip a stiff putty knife between the casement cover and the window frame. You should be able to pry the casing off, just be careful not to damage the wood parts.

Take the old crank mechanism to the hardware store to see if they have a replacement you can get or if they don’t they may be able to send your old crank off to be matched by one of their suppliers. All you can do till the replacement part arrives is close and lock the window.

When the replacement part arrives you mount the crank box to the same place the old unit was, making sure the crank arm is reattached to the window. You may have to attach the crank handle once you have the box remounted. just slip the handle over the crank gear so that the teeth engage, then tighten the set screw. Open and close the window with the crank handle a couple times to make sure it operates smoothly. If it seems to hesitate you may need to remount the crank box to ensure proper alignment.

The hardest thing about trying to repair casement window cranks is being able to find the proper replacement crank. Most window manufactures don’t put their name on the window or casing. You may look into the sash of the window frame and may find the manufacture there. If you do you can contact them directly to see if they carry replacement crank parts. This will assure you of the best crank replacement. If you can’t find the name of the window manufacturer, your only choice is to see if a local home or hardware store can send off for a replacement crank.

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Window Latch Replacement Is Easy

A casement window is one that is attached to one side of the frame and opens with a crank. When closed you simply close the latch. If the latch isn’t working you should be able to repair it. Before you consider window latch replacement take a closer look at the latch. You can do this with the window cranked open. Moisture can get into the latch and it can become rusted or clogged with dirt. It is also possible that the latch is just old and has had dirt and rust in it too long to be cleaned. If this is the case you may have to replace the entire latch. If there is dirt in the latch you can probably repair it by unscrewing the two screws in the sash or frame.

With the two screws out, you can lift the latch right off the frame. You can spray a little oil  in the latch and wipe it off with a clean rag. Then try working the latch back and forth a couple times. This alone may fix the problem.

When you are looking at the latch you may see some rust. If you do, you can use a small wire brush and some spray oil to gently dislodge the rust and remove it. Once you get the rust removed work the latch a few times to see if it works easier. If it does you are done, just re-install it and you are good to go.

If no amount of cleaning will get the latch to working, you may have to replace the entire latch. This would also be the case if there is too much rust to clean off. The best idea is to take the latch with you to your local home store and show them what you want to replace. They will most likely have a replacement in stock. Then just bring the new latch home and install it with the two screws in the window sash.

Many times home owners that don’t consider themselves to be handy will just see a problem like the window latch not working and think they have to call someone out to replace it. With just a little instruction window latch replacement is much easier than most people think it is. As you learn to make repairs or window latch replacement you can save what the hourly rate a repairman would have to charge you.

As you have seen from this article, window latch replacement is easy enough that a teen could do it. You just have to look to see how the latch is attached to the window sash. When you remove the two screws holding the latch in place you can remove it and see if you can clean it up or if it needs to be replaced. Either way you can save a repair fee by doing the job yourself. As you learn to make these kinds of household repairs you will start saving a lot of money on having to call out a repair person.

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