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Old 05-01-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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Hello,
Just purchased a new (Old) house 1970. I need some help identifying the type of windows. They are original wood double hung with grids. They slide in a metal/aluminum track. Most of them don't stay up and slame shut.

I would like to attempt to remove the sashes to paint easier and fix the slamming issue. Question is I am not sure what balancing mechanism is under the metal tracks and what the best wat to remove them are.

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Old 05-01-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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All the ones like that I've worked on like that the tracks on the sides are just stapled in place.
Going to be a royal pain to try and get them back in place once they come out.
Look in the bottom right hand side of the panes of glass.
Anderson and Pella are two company's that often etch there name and info there.
All the old ones like that I've worked on where being remove and replaced with replacement windows due to the bottom sashes rotting out and that side track leaking air since there not sealed, just stapled.

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Is there any mechanisms underneath the track? What casues them to don't stay open?

Is there a fix for that issue? Not sure what time of window it is, so it is hard to research fixes.
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Might help to post a picture so we can see what your seeing.
Most I've remove had a spring that's hidden behind the sash, not behind the metal strip.
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I found that my old wood windows had a strip of metal attached to the bottom of the sash that was twisted to give tension. That strip of metal then ran up through the channel. If yours is similar and you take it apart, be careful because once it is taken off of the window it will untwist... fast.
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