Remove window sash with metal track


Old 09-19-13, 06:19 AM
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Remove window sash with metal track

I am trying to remove wooden window sashes to repair cracked and missing weatherstripping and to repaint. These are original windows to the house which was built in the 60's and are double hung and single pane. I removed the stops and have discovered that the metal track has a "lip" which surrounds the sash. The metal track appears to be multiple piece covering the spring in the middle, and 2 strips which go from the top of the window to the sill plate. I've read other threads which mention trying to jam the window to one side or another, but there's not enough give on these windows. I'm not sure how to proceed. We're just wanting to repair as we plan to sell next summer. I personally like the wooden single pane windows, so I'd really like to be able to remove and repair these.

I've attached a few photos I took of a window.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 09-19-13, 07:36 AM
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If you remove the casing you can cut off the fasteners with a metal cutting blade in a sawsall and slide the whole thing out sash and all.
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I have the same windows which I took apart to strip/reglaze/repaint this summer. You have to take the whole thing out, metal tracks & all. Mine had staples at the top and bottom that had to be pried out (carefully! The aluminum is thin and mangles easily). This was a little easier after I removed the small rounded piece. With the sash down, just squeeze slightly to release the tabs from the slits in the track, then slide it up and out. Be careful when you pull out the sashes & track, the springs are attached to the bottom of the sash and things when flying everywhere when one came undone suddenly! Good luck!

I just finished last coat of paint, so I'll be trying to reassemble in the next day or two!

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