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Old 06-05-2008, 03:49 PM   #1
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Are these easy to replace?

Entire window could probably be replaced but looking for a temp fix.

Any brick and mortar stores sell these?

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Old 06-05-2008, 04:12 PM   #2
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You're talking about a tube with a spiral coming out of it?

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Yes... can they be adjusted?

I have 7 double hungs and each has 4 tubes @ $10.00 each to replace is more money than I wanted to spend.

I searched this forum but surprisingly did not find a topic on this. Thanks

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Yes they can.
once you secure the balance to the bottom of the sash turn the outer casing until the sash stays up. then secure the top of the balance to the window jamb same location as the old one.
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hi buletbob, can i adjust my old window balances so my windows wont fall or are you referring to adjusting new ones if I were to get them.
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Most of the times the spring breaks in side the guide keeper.or the guide it self fails. which means you will have to change the balance. you can try to tighten the tension by removing the nail at the top of the balance and turn it a few times until the window stays put. if you here the spring unwind then see if the spring came unfastened from the bottom of the sash. if so re secure to sash. if it still unwinds then its time to replace. BOB

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I haven't worked on any of these in years but they were called "Unique Sash Balance", and they are adjusted like bulet said. I'm not sure if they are still made. I remember they were a pain to adjust.
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Most of the times the spring breaks in side the guide keeper.or the guide it self fails. which means you will have to change the balance. you can try to tighten the tension by removing the nail at the top of the balance and turn it a few times until the window stays put. if you here the spring unwind then see if the spring came unfastened from the bottom of the sash. if so re secure to sash. if it still unwinds then its time to replace. BOB
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Know of anyone on LI who would do these type of repairs? Have a few windows where spring needs to be replaced.

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Know of anyone on LI who would do these type of repairs? Have a few windows where spring needs to be replaced.

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let me know if you are interested in doing it and how to get in touch with you - my wife also wants someone to build a window seat, saw something in your pictures that she liked.
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Everybody else in the world uses a "spiral balance adjustment tool". They cost about $10 retail. Most manufactures give them to their better customers.

Anyone who has done this more than once would never think of not using one. You do not unscrew the top of balance at all - you just grab the bottom tip (shown in your pic) with the "grabbers", disconnect and twist away to your hearts content. It is about 10x faster, and user friendly.

Also you don't want to grab those old tubes with your hands. When they get funky they leak.

I wanted to attatch this pdf from Jeld-Wen but it is too big a file.
www.jeld-wen.com/_pdf/resources/howto/swd009.pdf
or just Google "spiral balance tool" they have been around forever.
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