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Old 07-29-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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I am moving to a new house and must replace sash balancers on some windows I have been unable to identify the windows or balancers. the only identifying marks on the windows that were installed in the mid 70s are these numbers and letters etched on the metal strips between panes, CARAD SSB-2-74 SIGMA 114. the balancers are about 25" long with a plastic tube and a long spring inside.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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Probably will not find that gadget anymore. Any info on the windows, such as a manufacturer plate? Cheap windows come with cheap parts. This home is not by chance in a large scale tract community, or one of the manufactured type homes, that they would truck the walls on site already completed, then assembly on site.

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No there was no other info on the windows. The windows are in a 1974 addition added to a 1840s Greek revival house. Further research has shown the windows may be from a company called Caradco. It seems they were sold in the 70s as a less expensive alternative to Andersons etc. The tube is approx. 5/8" in diameter and there is a corresponding round groove in the sides of the sash. If I cannot find replacements I may be able to use a more modern spiral balance.
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I would try to use a alternative replacement, that can stand up. Also, almost 40 year old windows means that they are not going to be the best air sealed windows, and at this point may need to be updated to better window units, that can help keep your heating and cooling bills down, plus have better hardware that can be replaced if it breaks down the road in 20-30 years, than something that is throw-away.
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Thanks for response, You are right about the air leaks, at some time outside storm windows were added. They must stay for a while due to priority of projects. Due to a Rainy day here in Maine I was able to finally identify them. They seem to be carried by Strybuc industries in their obsolete section. I will call them today and ask about price and availability. The windows were made by Caradco. The price will determine if I use them or modify the windows.
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I keep our storms closed when the windows are closed. Helps to keep the house cooler during Summer, with the a/c running.
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We do not need AC here in Maine to often, but when I do use it I close storms. I found the balance I needed, but because they are obsolete they cost $25 to $32.50 per balance. Caldwell manufacturing makes a spiral balance conversion kit for 1/2 that price so it looks like conversion is a viable option.

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