casement window problem

Old 08-10-05, 06:25 PM
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casement window problem

We just moved into a house with casement windows. This is our first experience with casement windows, and it has not been a good one so far! Here's the problem: The groove (or mechanism) that the slide arm travels in at the bottom of the sash has a hole in the middle. The hole is there so that you can easily take the slide arm out of the mechanism. The problem is that the slide arm droops a little, so if you crank the window open to or past the half way point, the slide arm hits the hole and falls out of the groove. Then you have to physically put the slide arm back into the groove either by going outside or by taking off the crank and screen and manually inserting the arm back in the mechanism -- either is a major hassle. We don't know enough about this type of window to know how to fix this problem. We have 11 of these windows, and they *all* have this problem. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas on where to start with this problem?

Old 08-10-05, 07:10 PM
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The next time you crank a window open and the arm falls out, grab ahold of the end of the arm with your hand. put your thumb on the top of the arm, and bend the outer half of the arm upward. (you just want to put a little upward tension on the crank arm by curving the arm just a little bit. You don't actually want to bend the entire arm, just the outer half.) When you reinsert the arm, it will hopefully work a little better. Cleaning out the bottom track that the window pivot slides in will also be a good idea. Brush the dirt out and keep it clean, perhaps spraying it with silicone spray. It will help the windows crank much easier.

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