Removing Parting Strip on Old Double hungs?

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Old 09-03-13, 08:06 AM
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Removing Parting Strip on Old Double hungs?

Mine seem to be set into a dado groove and are well painted in since 1902. Is there any particular trick to get some purchase on these for removal? I am replacing a broken lower sash cord and would like to do the tops also.
 
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Old 09-03-13, 08:23 AM
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Cut the paint joint with a sharp utility knife, tap lightly with a hammer from front and back and pull out with pliers. Any I have taken out came out fairly easily. Usually just a few brads holding them in.
 
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Mine had no mechanical fasteners. Must have been just a tight dado tap in a century ago. Paint and caulk had secured them since. I found putting in a #8 x 1 pan head screw gave me something to pry against. Both broke during removal, but I planned to replace them anyhow.
 
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Old 09-03-13, 03:53 PM
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If you are going to replace them with new, breaking them is the best way to get them out.

If you want to "try" and save them, take the front sash out, cut the paint on both sides of the parting stop, get the bottom half of the parting stop kind of loose, then push the upper sash down as far as you can. You should then be able to wiggle the parting stop out, twisting it a little as you pull up on it so that it comes out of the notch on the sides of the bottom rail of the upper sash.
 
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I never have any luck in getting them out undamaged. Just buy new at Home Depot.
 
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