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How do I remove the upper sash on a single-hung window?


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04-12-12, 11:10 AM   #1  
How do I remove the upper sash on a single-hung window?

I'm trying to remove both sashes from a single-hung window so that I can fit furniture through it. I can remove the bottom sash, but can't figure out how to remove the upper sash.

I don't know the manufacturer, but the window is just a few years old. Some posts recommend removing the screws from the horizontal bar, nudging out the bar, and then removing the top sash. But I don't see ANY screws anywhere (other than one small screw in the center of the horizontal bar that secures the locking mechanism.) Am I missing something?

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04-12-12, 11:22 AM   #2  
Depends on the brand and material. I'm pretty sure I've seen some vinyl windows that the upper sash is sealed in place.

Aluminum can normally be removed by the method you described or similar.

What are yours made of?


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04-12-12, 11:26 AM   #3  
I'm pretty sure it's vinyl...

 
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04-12-12, 11:36 AM   #4  
Well....others may weigh in later...but it's possible they can't be removed.


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04-12-12, 12:57 PM   #5  
I was afraid of that. The furniture needs to get in somehow, so I guess the next step will be figuring out which is less intrusive/expensive: removing the entire window or taking apart a door frame.

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04-12-12, 02:33 PM   #6  
How wide is the furniture? I'd be more inclined to remove a door than a window. That way you have a solid walkway and not as likely to trip or stumble.


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04-12-12, 03:30 PM   #7  
The couch is about 32 inches at its narrowest. The door is only 29 inches wide, so I would need at least 3 more inches.

 
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04-12-12, 03:33 PM   #8  
Most exterior doors are 32" or 36" wide. 29" width would be unusual. Have you measured the distance from door stop to door stop?


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04-12-12, 03:53 PM   #9  
The door is the one that leads from the garage into the house. It's several inches narrower than the front door (unfortunately). I'm at work right now, but I think I got the 29" measurement by measuring from door stop to stop.

Any idea how many more inches I could get by trying to take it all apart?

 
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04-12-12, 07:05 PM   #10  
You can't remove the divider on a vinyl single hung. You might be better off removing the entire window, if it's a replacement window. After you remove the interior stops, there are probably just a few screws and some caulk holding the window in. If it's a new construction single hung, it will have a nailing fin on the outside. If the nailing fin is under the siding, that would be a big job for you to take it out. But if there is trim around the perimeter of the window, removing the exterior trim would probably expose the nailing fin.

 
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