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Old 08-31-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
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I have a 24"x58" sliding single pane glass window that has a small crack in it that I would like to replace. If I can remove the window and take it to the glass shop, it will be $100 less than having them drive 1 mile to my house to replace the glass in the window. The window is very difficult to remove because the house has settled after 40 years and some parts of the window area are lower than other (if you look at it from a distance, it has a bow shape), so the part that is down or lower won't cause the window to come out. I can get the window about 2/3 of the way out. I don't want to force it any more because I fear the frame and rollers break. Is there a trick or method for removing a window in this situation?

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Sliding windows usually lift up and out. Sometimes there are springs at the top that bind up over time, or there is debris in the top. Sometimes gentle application of force will get that sash out. If the house has settled far enough to bind up the window, that is another story.

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In addition to what Bill said, check the upper area for any mechanical stops. Sometimes there will be a bumper of sorts to limit window travel. Removal lets you get the window over to where you can lift and remove it. Common on vinyl windows.
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In addition to what Bill said, check the upper area for any mechanical stops. Sometimes there will be a bumper of sorts to limit window travel. Removal lets you get the window over to where you can lift and remove it. Common on vinyl windows.
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On an old aluminum slider, I would be looking for a stop.
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The other posters are right on. You are likely hitting a stop in the head jamb, although, we often encounter some resistance getting old sliding sashes out. You just have to be creative with your use of force without damaging anything. A properly used pry bar can often do the trick.
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