|I'd credit this photo, but they seem |
to do a good job all by themselves!
A good friend of mine has a theory. She always likes to say "I'll try everything once, then it helps me to realize what I'd rather pay to have done the next time". We are currently at that crossroads with two of our windows.
As I mentioned before, two of our windows need professional help. The bottom sashes need to be entirely rebuilt... not something that I would feel confident to do on my own. This I know, and it's an easy decision. We will price out a couple of options in the spring and we will have them professionally fixed.
But the other two windows hold the reason for my question. Being someone in the "construction field", I suppose I feel more compelled to want to do the work myself, even though I realize that I have limitations. I don't think it's a pride thing, I think it's a "I should be able to do this" thing. Okay, maybe it's a little bit of a pride thing. I want to be able to strap on that tool belt and just fix what is broken with our house.
The first problem is with a window in the attic - it needs to be rebalanced. The casing and window stops need to be removed, the sash taken out and the sash weights need to be rebalanced. The window is on the landing of the stair, and the sill is approximately 5'-0" in the air. Granted this is in the rarely used and minimally finished attic, where a mistake would probably not be a big deal. If we do decide to try to fix this problem, this would be the place to start. However, it is an awkwardly positioned window, making working on it more difficult.
|Typical Weight Pocket|
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The other "window related" problem is that the sash cord broke on the window in our dining room. Again, the casing would have to be removed. This time, a more ornate casing, that is painted with a paint color that is not white. Using a crow bar to pry off the casing would be painful for me. We would need to purchase new cord & try to not only balance the weights, but completely rehang them.
|Photo Credit: Link|