by Glen Middleston
Although it ma seem like a difficult project, anyone can learn how to change a broken cord on a sash window. The project can be done more quickly and simply than one might imagine. It is always a good idea to have everything that will be needed for a new task. There are a few things that will be necessary to have before beginning this chore that might not be on hand.
First, prepare for the task by making sure that finish nails, some wood putty, cotton or nylon rope, a utility knife, pry bar, putty knife, hammer, and a set of screwdrivers, are on hand. Anything that needs to be purchased can be done with a trip to the neighborhood hardware store.
Usually found in older homes, these double hung windows use weights to hold the sash up. The weights are attached to the frame on both sides by a line that loops around a pulley. Over a period of time, chafing, dirt, and sun can cause the rope or line to deteriorate and break. When this happens it needs to be replaced. It is a good idea to replace the cords on both side while everything is taken apart.
The job will begin by removing several parts of the window to allow access to the weight pocket, or well as it is also known. The stops will be the first pieces that are removed. Using a small pry bar or a putty knife works well for this task. In case there is a build up of paint that is holding pieces together, which is often the case, it might be necessary to cut through it with a utility knife.
From each side of the lower part of the frame, take off the metal track. Next take out the sash from the window frame. Now the well cover, or weight pocket cover can be removed. Now the weights are pulled out.
Begin this next step by measuring the length of the old line and then cutting two new ones using that measurement. Next, the new cords will be put in by pulling them through the pocket or well, and attaching them to the weights. Now it is time to put back the weight pocket or well covers.
Work in reverse of how everything was taken apart to reassemble. Attach the new cords to both sides of the frame. Now return the sash back to its original position and replace the tracks and the interior stops. This will complete the chore of changing a broken cord on a sash window. Everything should now be working like new.
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