Need help with window balance

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Old 05-27-06, 12:42 PM
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Need help with window balance

I need some direction in putting my window balances back in the window. The windows are aluminum single hung, circa 1985. The balance is a very thin sheet metal u-shaped piece with a spring inside. The spring connects to some string and there is a small clip that looks like it fits into a slot in the window frame.

I can't figure out how to fit the balance in the window and then get the window back in the frame. Does the balance go into the window to be installed, or placed in the frame and then slide the window in?

I can take some pictures if necessary.

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Old 05-27-06, 01:02 PM
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It sounds like you might be describing a block and tackle balance, such as is commonly used on "side load" double hung and single hung windows.

A block and tackle balance has a hook shaped clip that is hooked into a hole in the side of the window frame. The entire balance is then pushed down to the bottom of the window frame, and the top of the balance is kept in place by a "clip" that pops out of the frame when you pull on it with a fingernail.

There is a balance on each side of the window, and both balances must be hooked underneath these clips in order to get the sash back in. The window sash then pushes over one of the balances (usually the left one), then you center the window sash in the opening, and push it down to lock it. You press the clips back into place, and then the window will operate normally.

If this balance came out, it's more than likely that something has broken, as commonly happens when people don't know how to work them. Sometimes it's a cap on the sash that breaks. Other times, the plastic top of the balance gets loose on its rivets. Occasionally the retainer clip will get mangled. They are easy when you know how to work them, but when you don't they can be a real pain in the neck. Hope yours aren't broke.

Here's a link to some pics of the type of balance I'm guessing you have:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/thexsl...nm=87abscd.jpg
 

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Old 05-27-06, 04:46 PM
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You're right, that does look like mine. Here is a link to some pictures of mine, does anything look broken? http://web.tampabay.rr.com/68ss/Pictures.htm
 
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Old 05-27-06, 07:19 PM
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The top left side of the cap has been chipped off, but that's nothing to worry about. It should go back in without any problem. Stick the hook (your 5th photo down) into the square hole, (your 1st photo) making sure that the knot goes into the round hole below it. Then pull the balance down- you should feel the spring tension pulling against you so don't let it go or it will be like a rocket. Pull the retainer clip out (your 2nd photo) with your fingernail or a spoon, then stick the top end of the balance underneath it so that it catches. Check the right side and make sure that the right balance is installed in the same manner.

Then replace the sash, sticking the left side of the sash into the frame. Make sure that you can see the bottom of the balance BELOW the window sash as you install it. Once the left side is in, push the sash to the right and you should feel it "center" itself in the opening. At this point you should be able to lower the window, and push the clips back into place so that they are flush in the frame (as pictured in your 2nd photo).

If the balances do not stay put, or the window does not work right, then there may be a broken retainer on the sash itself.
 
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Thank you very much, I will try it tomorrow
 
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Thank you for the help, it was easy once you explained how it works
 
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Arrow window balances

remove the top stop if there then remove the old balance if there also insure that the top window boots (the plastic peice on the top corners of the window is in one piece and not broken if so then replace them insert the window and slice up the balances through the bottom and with a flat head screw driver pull the lil hook into the slot hole if haveing alot of problems then bend open the hook a tiny bit so slips right in
 
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