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jhager 05-04-2010 08:23 AM

Old windows with weights and cords
 
I have replaced all of the broken weight cords in my windows but have two that wont stay open (up) without using a block of wood to keep the window open. The cords were cut to the same size as the old broken cords. The windows are original to the house from 1906. Help! Thanks.

tpolk 05-04-2010 08:27 AM

did they stay up before? may be wrong weights

jhager 05-04-2010 08:41 AM

tpolk, I dont know as the cords were broken when I bought "this old house" however all the weights are the same size (47 windows, 13 room house)

tpolk 05-04-2010 09:11 AM

i would look at adding weights, sporting goods stores carry lead weights for surf fishing. you can get them in diff weights

cellophane 05-04-2010 09:15 AM

You can find sash weights online or at salvage houses, or do what tpolk mentioned and just add weight to them.

Scuba_Dave 05-04-2010 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jhager (Post 437372)
tpolk, I dont know as the cords were broken when I bought "this old house" however all the weights are the same size (47 windows, 13 room house)

Are all the windows the same, these aren't bigger...or maybe just heavier ?
I kept all my old sash weights, I use them for odds & ends

jhager 05-04-2010 09:35 AM

Scuba_Dave, these particular windows are the same size as the other 6 bedroooms. No difference.

gregzoll 05-04-2010 06:04 PM

Just buy the retro kits that have springs to replace the old weight & pulley system. Or even better yet, get newer triple pane windows that are energy efficient.

hayewe farm 05-05-2010 12:15 PM

Check the glass in those two windows, they may have been replaced with a thicker heaver glass. If that is the case replace the panes or add weight.

Windows 05-05-2010 06:21 PM

If they are double hung, it is possible that the weights for the lower window are not aligned properly with the weights for the upper window inside the weight box. If your weights are getting hung up, the window will not stay open.

Gary in WA 05-05-2010 08:16 PM

Open a lower window of ones that does not stay up. Remove the screw 3-4" up from the sill on the jambs where the window slides. This is the weight access door. Only one screw, centered, holding the door in, the top is kept in place by a bent bracket attached to the door. Change to heavier weight (from a real hardware store) or make sure the window cord is the correct length when open (the weight should not be bottomed out, resting on the sill or framing).

Be safe, Gary


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