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Removing bottom sash from old wooden double-hung and spring balanced window.


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11-05-16, 10:28 AM   #1  
Removing bottom sash from old wooden double-hung and spring balanced window.

No tilt mechanism or take-out clips. I assume I have to slide one of the jambs out, but they seem way too brittle for that. Also they are spring balanced, I assume it's a coil type. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much in advance.

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11-05-16, 10:52 AM   #2  
I think you may have to tip them down first. Push with your hand on the left side of the jamb and see if you can pull the top of the sash over the grooves in the jamb just a little. Then try it on the right. Once you get both sides started just a little, it should tip down... pivoting on hinge pins at the bottom corners of the sash.

Now I may be wrong and it doesn't tip down... so if it doesn't seem to go, don't force it. It could be inserted as a "jamb pack", meaning the jambs and sashes all have to be pulled out simultaneously (that style of window is a retrofit pocket installation in an old original window frame). If that is the case, you want to pop out the top parting stop, then remove the 4 screws at each corner of the jambs (inside that hole). Then close the windows and lock them and as you pull the whole thing out, keep your hand on the sides of the jambs because the side jambs will probably want to shoot off like slingshots. (The spring tension wants to shoot them off the sashes) And then good luck putting them back in. You are on your own there, so pay attention to how it's put together when you take it apart.

 
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11-05-16, 11:24 AM   #3  
Thanks very much! It did tip out from the top by pressing on the jambs and it was pretty much just hooked onto the springs

 
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11-05-16, 11:54 AM   #4  
Sounds good. Couldn't be sure if there was any spring on those jambs without being there... glad you got it.

 
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11-11-16, 03:06 PM   #5  
I just thought I'd update for anyone who is curious as to how much this type of thing might cost to fix. I paid ~$7 USD for the glass (14 inchesx20 inches,) and about $20 to have it re-glazed. If I would have had someone come out to get the sash out, I'm sure it would have been another $50-100 or more.

Thanks very much @XSleeper! This is why I love forums.

 
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11-11-16, 05:13 PM   #6  
Glad to help... my check is in the mail, right? LOL

 
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