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Old 04-07-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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What would be the proper way to remove both the upper and lower sashes for stripping and repainting? The sashes sit in a metal channel, and I do not want to ruin the channel. There are not long coil type springs to tension the windows, but rather metal bands/straps that coil up in a holder at the top of the window header. The stop is removed, and new stop and jamb extensions will be added after windows are re-installed. Tried to show the sashes and the channel in the pictures. Thanks, David.
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Those are really old style windows that the tracks have been stapled in place.
I know of no way they can come out without distroying the tracks.
You would be way ahead of the game to remove the whole thing and install new replacement windows.
There would be no more air leaks around the back side of those strips, and they would be far more energy efficient. Plus no more sticking windows and no more painting.

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In the first pic where the wall meets the window frame. The gap between them.
Slip a reciprocating saw in there with a metal cutting blade.
Once molding is removed you usually have that gap all the way around the window.
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joecaption, sublime2.... Thanks for your replies. Yes, those are old style windows, to match the old house (1861). Historic district, etc. I 'll try to cut around the window to remove it, then I can disassemble it for paint and repairs. One down, sixteen to go!!! Thanks, David.
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