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Old wooden casement window not shutting properly

Old wooden casement window not shutting properly


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Old 01-07-22, 10:48 AM
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Old wooden casement window not shutting properly

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I have an old wooden casement window in rough shape that won't shut properly. On the "pivot" side there is a large gap when the window shuts on the bottom of the sash. On the top of that same side, there is no gap. We plan to replace this window in the spring but I can feel a good amount of cold air pouring in. I was wondering if I can do some adjustment to close this gap or a good way to just seal it up for now if that would be better.

I've attached some pictures, ignore the white foam tape which was my feeble attempt to stop some of the air in the meantime.



Gap in bottom right
 
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Old 01-07-22, 11:18 AM
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That metal bar in your middle picture probably has rotten wood under it, so the screw that is closest to the pivot point probably is not holding the metal bar (and therefore the window sash) in tight as you crank the window closed. The foam tape is also pushing the window out farther as you try to make it air tight, which is making the gap worse.

Someone has already tried to put longer screws in, because the torx screw in the middle picture is probably not original.

A good way to seal it up would be to get on the outside and push it in as hard as you can, then screw it shut. Only recommending that since you say you will replace it soon... and I doubt you need to open them in winter.
 
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Old 01-07-22, 12:59 PM
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Got it, thanks. Probably not worth messing with then.

I took the foam out, closed it as hard as I could and put a screw in there, caulked the whole thing with silicone.
 
 

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