Casement Window Repair: Loose Sash Pulls
There are many different ways to do casement window repair. With age or poor installation, your sash pull can become loose. Below are some simple solutions for casement window repair: loose sash pulls. A sash pull is found on a casement window or you may find them called sash lifts, which is common on awning windows. Depending upon the style, they can be used for either application. The pull is simply a handle, usually attached with a screw on both sides, attached to the interior sash on the bottom, at the center point. When opening or closing the window, you would grasp the latch and push or pull.
Step 1 - Relocate the Sash Pull
If your sash pull is located in a bad part of wood (rotted or screw holes have become too large to easily fill) you can simply move the pull. Be sure to locate it in a solid clean piece of wood. You should keep it as centered as possible on the bottom of the sash so that you do put uneven pressure on the sash when opening and closing. You might even consider replacing one with two; installing them on opposite ends of the bottom part of the sash. If you move the pull, you will need to fill the holes with crack filler and repaint the area to match. If the wood is a little rotted, although this is unlikely as it is the window interior, you can remove the rot and fill with a compound designed for replacing rotted areas.
Step 2 - Change the Screws
If you wish your pull to remain in the same location but need to firm it up, you can use slightly longer screws. These will dig a little deeper into the wood and grasp it better. Be sure they are not too deep that they come out the other side or damage the glass, if the pull is set near the glass. If there is play between the screw opening in the pull and the screw, you may be able to use a slightly wider screw. This may happen if the wrong size screw was used for the initial installation.
Step 3 - Glue the Screw
If you never intend to remove the pull, you can glue it in. Remove the screws, fill the hole with some wood glue, and screw the unit back in place. This should be clamped so it doesn’t move and allow it to dry fully before being used.
Step 4 - Fill the Hole
You can try to fill the hole but this is often just a temporary fix and may not have the best results. You can fill the hole with wood filler and replace the screw into the filler once it has dried. You can also use various items to try to fill the hole while you screw the screw back in. This may help a hole that has become very enlarged. You can be creative with what you have around, but you can try wooden toothpicks or very thin dowels as two examples.