15 Year old Windows

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Old 02-18-06, 09:32 AM
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I am trying to replace the failing crank-open hardware on my 15 year old wood frame windows. It seems like in order to find the right hardware, I need to know the manufacturer of the windows. There is nothing stamped on any of the windows to reveal the manufacturer name. How/Where do I find what I am looking for?
 
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Old 02-18-06, 06:57 PM
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You are dealing with the wrong glass shop!! All you need to do to replace something like one of the operators or a latch is to take one to a glass shop and have them match it in one of their catalogs, like CRL or whatever. Who made the windows USUALLY makes no difference. The window mfgr. probably didn't make his own hardware -- he bought it from a supplier.
 
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Old 02-21-06, 09:09 AM
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Actually if you can find the window manufacturer, you CAN get the correct hardware, and possibly for free. It doesn't matter if the window manufacturer made or didn't make the hardware - if you approach that manufacturer and say you have their windows from 1989, they would hopefully have replacement parts, sometimes with a "lifetime" warranty (excluding normal wear and tear lol). Sometimes the human element can factor in and they may just give it to you even though it may not be covered by the warranty.

Here's the places to look for the manufacturer's name. If it's not stamped on the crank handle or crack handle cover, it's sometimes on the edge of the screen. Also it's sometimes etched on the glass or on the glass spacer. It may not be the full name of the company; sometimes it's an abbreviation.

Like Lefty said (Over 7,500 posts, THANK YOU LEFTY) you could go to a glass shop or hardware store with a sample and hopefully they could match it. You could also check it out online at Blaine Window Hardware. They advertise that they can supply almost any part for any window, even if obsolete. They've been around a long time. They show each part along with pictures and dimensions at http://www.blainewindow.com

Another source is CR Laurence. They also show pictures and dimensions at http://www.crlaurence.com/Productpag...p?GroupID=6909

Another source is http://www.ultrahardware.com/ They stock over 8,000 SKU's of hardware, and their slogan is "All you need, and then some." I'd try the window manufacturer route first in case it's warranty related. CR Laurence and Ultra may not sell direct to the public, but if so then you could order their parts through a dealer. Blaine sells direct. Good luck.
 
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