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Old 05-04-2010, 09:23 AM   #1
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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.

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did they stay up before? may be wrong weights

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Old 05-04-2010, 09:41 AM   #3
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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)
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i would look at adding weights, sporting goods stores carry lead weights for surf fishing. you can get them in diff weights
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You can find sash weights online or at salvage houses, or do what tpolk mentioned and just add weight to them.
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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
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Scuba_Dave, these particular windows are the same size as the other 6 bedroooms. No difference.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).

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