Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Easy Sash Window Repairs

Any person that owns a period style home would have encountered the frustration of having one or two older sliding style windows that just refuse to work properly. Most resort to having the offensive pane removed and replaced with a modern version. However when considering that many of these are around 120 years old or more it seems such a waste and sash window repairs would cost considerably less.

Frames were hand crafted and are generally extremely heavy which is why if regularly maintenance is not carried out problems may occur. Despite many preconceived ideas repairs can be carried out quite easily. Typically these windows are made up of two panels, called a sash which slide individually into position.

These panels move up and down the inside of a boxed framed by means of a counter balance theory. Besides the problems with movement many tend to allow noise and breezes into the home. This results from the way the frame is designed to keep the working mechanisms of the window and is quick to repair.

Here are the steps that are needed in order to successfully repair an antique window such as this. Firstly one will have to take the window frame apart. Start by removing the thin wooden strips or "beading" that is tacked in place on the sides, use a rubber hammer and chisel. Once these are removed the lower panel will slip out easily.

If the sash cording prevents it from coming out due to it being attached, it can safely be cut. Taking care that the weight at the end of the cord does not fall into an opening that is present at the bottom. Removal of the top sashes entails somewhat the same steps. Once both are removed it is best to replace the full length of cord on both sides of the window to ensure that repairs will last for longer periods of time.

The frame itself has a lower compartment or house in which the working mechanisms of the system are stored; removal of another type of panel will expose the pockets. However if these have been idiotically screwed into place then the probability is that one will spend quite some time trying to pry it loose. But when removed it will expose a single very long weight inside the pocket.
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Here a person will have access to the pulley mechanisms which may be copper, brass or iron. Some blame can be placed on this item not working smoothly. But a good clean to remove dirt followed with a few drops of oil is all it may need. However if it is damaged then one will have to buy a replacement part which is available in a modern plastic form.

Next is the usual obvious problem and that is the replacement of a broken cord. As mentioned before it is best to do the full length and one must make sure that a thick 8-string cord is purchased. The cord must be cut into 2 pieces, make sure to add extra length and then put it through the pulley at the top.

Thread the loose end into the long weights from the top out through the side and then tie a secure knot in place to stop it from pulling back through the hole. Cut the extra cord from the knots and use the cord to pull the long weight back inside the pocket. Close the compartment up and then tie the other end of the cording onto the sash. To make this easier it is best that the window sashes are angled while both ends are aligned by drawing the weight up into the pulley for accuracy.

Once these steps have been completed for both sections, and all the beadings are put back, all repairs are completed, guaranteeing that the units will operate without any further hindrance. Smaller tasks that can be done are to add a molding seal or type of brush pile in order to stop noise and draughts that may be present.

In general, if a person carries out sash window repairs in this manner every twelve to fifteen years, they are guaranteed to last for the next 100 years or so. Before starting any work, make sure you know exactly what you are doing. There are many experts out there who specialize in this work, so consider giving them a call to ask for advice and to find out how they recommend you get on with the job.
If you are interested in talking to a Pro' window repair company then why not visit www.sashwindowdraughtproofinglondon.com or call them on 01952 455 795 Based in London they may be able to help.

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