Fixing Window Sash Cords and Renovation Update – part 5

December 12, 2010

In the previous four “personal” posts on my blog, I’ve been reporting my progress with renovation of one room in my old house (a Craftsman bungalow). The wall repairs and painting are finished. The wood trim is almost finished being painted. Everything I was trying to accomplish had to stop for me to fix the windows.

For those of you who live in an older home, you might know about having to prop open windows with a piece of wood. These old homes use sash cords and weights to make the windows work. In my home, many of the sash cords are broken. So, I really want the windows to work properly and I’m bravely going to take the extra time to fix them.

To fix the sash cords, you have to take the window out of the frame. To do that, you have to follow these steps:



prying off window trim

Pry off the window trim.

Step 1: Pry the trim from around the window off. Above you see my hand (with some paint still on it) where I am prying off some of the small trim around the window frame.

Step 2: Remove the window from the frame.

Step 3: Find the “secret” panel in the window frame and unscrew the two screws.






remove screws on panel inside window frame

Removing screws from the panel inside window frame.

Step 4: Open the wooden panel to reveal the the cast iron weight inside the window frame.



Pull open panel inside window frame.

Step 5: Pull out the cast iron weight from the window frame.



Pull out the cast iron weight.

I’ll finish explaining how to replace the sash cord (which will be attached to the weight on one end and to the window on the other end in my next post.

Below you can see the type of sash cord to use (it is exactly like old clothesline rope). Also pictured is the cast iron weight I removed from inside the window well.

Window weight and sash cord.

This is continued in Part 6: Replace Window Sash Cords

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5 Responses to “ Fixing Window Sash Cords and Renovation Update – part 5 ”

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  2. Tasha Lestrange on December 29, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Thanks so much for the article post.Much thanks again. Want more.

  3. Dieta dukana on January 9, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Dude, thats a sweet work, its easy to c that you worked on this a lot.

  4. invest stock on January 11, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Great stuff, was a helpful info – thx!

  5. artsycrafter on February 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Well, I did work hard – you can see the nicks and scratches on my hand in the photo!