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Old 10-07-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am new to this board so not sure how to navigate around. Anyway, I have a 100 year old double hung window that is not in good shape. The top window drops down about 6". I need to get this secured before winter--it's getting cold. The lock is broken so it doesn't keep the window closed. I have tried shims and it still drops.

Any suggestions?

The only thing I can think of for a temporary fix would be to lift the window up, drill in screws onto the sides into the frame leaving out a bit of the screw to hold it up. Would that work or will I just ruin the frame of the window. The total wooden window is probably 30" wide by 72" long and it quite heavy.

Please help. Thanks.

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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Are you looking for something permanent or temp?

A stick (say 1x2 or whatever) cut to length to hold it up works, also prevents break ins - unless they break the glass.

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:48 PM   #3
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Or just install a new replacement window.
No more air leaks, priming, painting, glazing.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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Are you looking for something permanent or temp?

A stick (say 1x2 or whatever) cut to length to hold it up works, also prevents break ins - unless they break the glass.
Do you mean two sticks on either side on top of the bottom sash to wedge to the top edge of the window? If so, I tried that before and they buckle from the weight and fall off.

I need something for about 6 months till I can get it professionally replaced or fixed. It's a large stairway window, so I am not concerned about breakin--it's far off the ground.
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The top 1/2 of the wdw slides down?

Cut a 2x2 or even a 2x4 that fits under it and sits on the sill.
Or if it only 6 months and no plans to open screw it shut.
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The top 1/2 of the wdw slides down?

Cut a 2x2 or even a 2x4 that fits under it and sits on the sill.
Or if it only 6 months and no plans to open screw it shut.
Yes, I was debating the same thing...maybe I should just screw the thing shut. Or, I could try propping the pieces of wood on this sill. Thanks for your input!
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If it is 100yrs old, I'm sure that you have the old rope and pulley balance system. It could be fixed/replaced, but probably not worth the effort. The easiest fix would be to just go to Home Depot and buy a new sash lock for a few bucks. The push it up and lock it shut. It will look a lot better than wood blocks, etc.
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If it is 100yrs old, I'm sure that you have the old rope and pulley balance system. It could be fixed/replaced, but probably not worth the effort. The easiest fix would be to just go to Home Depot and buy a new sash lock for a few bucks. The push it up and lock it shut. It will look a lot better than wood blocks, etc.
Such a simple fix...I feel so foolish that I never thought of that! And, yes, they are ropes and pullies. Thanks!

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