Help! Old sash windows that can't stay up!

Old 03-27-02, 12:12 PM
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Ok, I admit...I don't know much about older windows (25 years old...). IN fact, I don't know much about home renovations....
BUT, we are selling our home and some of our older sash windows will not stay open when raised. Short of being convinced that we need new thermal windows, how do you repair these windows and what type of cost are we looking at? I noticed that there is a wood window sash spring by Prime Line Products that I think could work....but I know nothing about how to replace the spring in these windows!!!
Please help!
Old 03-27-02, 04:26 PM
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If your windows have the aluminum side tracks and the springs behind the that track. they reall AREN'T meant to be repaired. The window was assembled as a unit and to make a repair, you're going to have to do some disassembly or destruction/re-construction to even get to the spring.

Write back and describe yours a bit more and I make be able to tell you how to go about it.
Old 03-28-02, 07:37 AM
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Old Sash Windows :-(

Thanks for your reply, Andy...
Yes, these windows have those metal (painted over) tracks you mentioned. We are having somebody look at them today to give us a quote....I have the feeling the contractor is going to say it would be cheaper to replace with vinyl expense we can't handle right now. We just need a fix that will be aceptable to the Buyer of our house. Thanks for your help! I might post another question once the contractor has looked at the windows!
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You can go to and they sell a product that will resolve your problem. There is also instructions on how to do it.They also point out on how to measure the window two ways. Be careful when measuring and good luck.

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