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Old 09-10-2019, 04:36 PM   #1
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I need a special tool to straighten the aluminum window track.


I need a tool that will fit under the window track, allow me to grip the bent track, and bend it back into shape.

Help me find a tool that will fit and do this job.


My window track is etched/carved and bent downward because of the heavy weight of the window.
So the wheel isn't actually riding the track anymore, and it's just metal on metal grinding.

I don't have any tools that will let me grip and straighten the track.

I need something that will fit the 3/4" frame, and be able to get under the track.

I imagine the tool would clamp the track, and handles would be parallel to the window glass, so I can squeeze and straighten the track.

Does such a tool exist?

see attached picture and cross section.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:53 PM   #2
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Re: I need a special tool to straighten the aluminum window track.


Try an old window repairman, at your local glass shop, he might have the perfect tool, and advise you where you can buy your own.

Maybe even "RENT" you his.

There's surely a tool made for this, those were prevalent in the old days, before the "VINYL" fad came into being.

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Re: I need a special tool to straighten the aluminum window track.


You may want to try making a "wedge" to help push it up. You might have to push up on the edge of the tab, and tap down on the center of the tab.
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https://www.amazon.ca/Red-Devil-1063...18211436&psc=1
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Re: I need a special tool to straighten the aluminum window track.


Google "6" cold chisel" for something like these.

Or cut a slot in the side of some metal stock near the end so that slot fits over the bent fin and work it across the bent area.

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Re: I need a special tool to straighten the aluminum window track.


What you really need is a vacuum, a bucket, some soap, and a few rags.
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Re: I need a special tool to straighten the aluminum window track.


I've personally never seen a sliding window with the wheel rail attached to the side of the bottom channel . But the pic you posted isn't real helpful .


Can you post closer shots , preferably one from the exterior with the screen removed ?
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welp, i tried to repair it this afternoon.
I've concluded the wheel rail is beyond repair. The rail is so mutilated from the wheels riding on it for the last 27 years.

it's a really stupid design, using a floating wheel rail like that, unsupported from the bottom, with heavy glass sitting on it.


I will need to jury rig an aluminum strip to a wood block and glue it into the channel, and have the wheels ride on the sheet metal.
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welp, i tried to repair it this afternoon.
I've concluded the wheel rail is beyond repair. The rail is so mutilated from the wheels riding on it for the last 27 years.

it's a really stupid design, using a floating wheel rail like that, unsupported from the bottom, with heavy glass sitting on it.


I will need to jury rig an aluminum strip to a wood block and glue it into the channel, and have the wheels ride on the sheet metal.
Look into adapting the lower track and wheels, from a mirrored sliding closet doors.

They were 8' tall, and 4'wide each, on wheels that rolled on an aluminum track.

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Re: I need a special tool to straighten the aluminum window track.


...or just replace the window.
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I have encountered a couple of 40 year old Gerkin windows that rode on a plastic channel . It wore out and..... don't tell anyone this.....but I replaced the channel with a $5.00 round metal curtain rod from Menards .
Worked like brand new !
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I have encountered a couple of 40 year old Gerkin windows that rode on a plastic channel . It wore out and..... don't tell anyone this.....but I replaced the channel with a $5.00 round metal curtain rod from Menards .
Worked like brand new !
I'm trying to picture how that works.

how thick was the curtain rod?

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Re: I need a special tool to straighten the aluminum window track.


Aluminum track windows have been obsolete since the 70s.

Replace it, unless you just like fooling with the damn things.
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I'm trying to picture how that works.

how thick was the curtain rod?

Gerkin (who nowadays has one of the better "builder's grade" vinyl windows) had a strange design that is hard to describe . And the landlord wouldn't spring for a new window .


In re-engineering the roller rail/channel , just off the top of my head I can think of 2 things that are crucial :


1. Lateral stability . In other words , however you re-do this , the sash can't slop side to side & must go back into the side channel (when closing ).


2 . It has to be at the same height .
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Re: I need a special tool to straighten the aluminum window track.


If that screen and sash behind the channel are movable a 6" hand brake should do the job.
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