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Old 03-23-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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What is this screw for. The guy installed the windows and now we can;t get to the screw. Do we need to? Should we have adjusted it before installing it? Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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Going to have to back up and take another picture. To close to even see where it is in the frame.

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Going to have to back up and take another picture. To close to even see where it is in the frame.
Will in the morning...laying in bed now..it's behind the nailing flange about in the middle of the window. The window does not pull all the way up.....it stops about 4" from top. Tried to look for some "stopper" along the sides but don't see one. Wondering if that damn screw has something to do with it.
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Is that screw head on the back side of the jamb in the middle?
Look inside the window track on the inside part. There should be a slotted screw that gets adjusted to take the bow out of the middle of a jamb.
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Ok, the window only goes up as far as you see in the pics. I was thinking the screws on the side had something to do with it and we were "screwed"(ha) because one window was in already and we could not get to the screw.

My wife took the screw out of the other window that is NOT installed and the window sprung up but did not open anymore than the one that is installed so i guess the screw does not have anything to do with the window opening all the way? I guess these windows don't open all the way??? why???

what is that screw for then and should it be adjusted to a certain depth etc.

I cant do anything to the other window because we cant get to the screw.

EDIT: We can get to the screw on the window that is installed. There is a plastic cover on the inside track ans when you remove it the other side of the screw is exposed but has a slot for a screw driver. Still don't know what it's for.
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Already told you, it's to adjust the jambs. Instead of having to mess around with shims you just turn the screw to take out the side play in the sashes.
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Ok, these are how the sides look. there is a gap on one side and it is tight on the other.

How do you adjust the jamb in and out. Moving the screw does not do that....as far as I'm trying.
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It's to adjust the gap in the sashes not the gap between the jamb and the rough opening.
Put the sash in and and try to move it side to side, there needs to be slight movement or the sash will be hard to open.
Sure your turning the screw clockwise. It's going to take a few turns to get it to contact the rough opening.
DO not mess with the screws unless the sash is loose, only do a little on each side.
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It's to adjust the gap in the sashes not the gap between the jamb and the rough opening.
Put the sash in and and try to move it side to side, there needs to be slight movement or the sash will be hard to open.
Sure your turning the screw clockwise. It's going to take a few turns to get it to contact the rough opening.
DO not mess with the screws unless the sash is loose, only do a little on each side.

Thanks Joe.
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It's to adjust the gap in the sashes not the gap between the jamb and the rough opening.
Put the sash in and and try to move it side to side, there needs to be slight movement or the sash will be hard to open.
Sure your turning the screw clockwise. It's going to take a few turns to get it to contact the rough opening.
DO not mess with the screws unless the sash is loose, only do a little on each side.
Joe on my other window that lines up fine the upper sash drops a tiny bit when I close the bottom sash. I assume turning the screw will prevent this? Thanks.
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By that explanation, no, that is not the function of that adjuster. If you have the lower sash pulling the upper down slightly when you close it, that is just a little slop in the manufacturing tolerance, not extraordinarily unusual. Those adjusters are there to tighten/"shim" the center of the side jambs, making sure that the sashes seal well against the window frame (side jamb).
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By that explanation, no, that is not the function of that adjuster. If you have the lower sash pulling the upper down slightly when you close it, that is just a little slop in the manufacturing tolerance, not extraordinarily unusual. Those adjusters are there to tighten/"shim" the center of the side jambs, making sure that the sashes seal well against the window frame (side jamb).

Thanks..so nothing can be done if it's dropping a bit?
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Is it dropping to the point that you have to push it back up to lock it, or does it just move a tiny bit, but not affect the operation at all? If the latter, no worries, it is fairly normal. If you have to push it back up, obviously that is something that you'll want to fix.
There is an interlock where the two sashes meet, and when you close the lower sash it can drag the upper down too far if not lined up properly.
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Is it dropping to the point that you have to push it back up to lock it, or does it just move a tiny bit, but not affect the operation at all? If the latter, no worries, it is fairly normal. If you have to push it back up, obviously that is something that you'll want to fix.
There is an interlock where the two sashes meet, and when you close the lower sash it can drag the upper down too far if not lined up properly.
I have not messed with the window in a few days...i will check again. Thanks.

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