Windows that are painted shut
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Rebecca



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 3:35 pm    Post subject: Windows that are painted shut Reply with quote

I just bought an older home that has sash wood windows. The seller for some reason decided to paint them shut (may have been done up to 10 years ago). Is there an easy way to open them without damaging the windows or wood?
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jade



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the seller of your home has plenty of company...it is rare that i don't find at least the top sash painted shut...

is there an EASY way without breaking any wood? well, that all depends what you mean by easy and how much paint build up there is...the lower sash is the one that is typically operable so you can begin with that...you can use a serrated tool that is designed for this purpose or... i score the joint between the bottom sash and the stop (the trim piece that keeps the sash in place)...remove the stop--this may be held in by screws which you can see by the 'bumps' on the stop...if indeed there are screws, gently tap on them with a slotted screwdriver and hammer...the paint will chip away until you can find the slot to turn the screws and remove the stop...if the stop is nailed, use a putty knife and/or or a prybar starting at the center of the stop--you may want to use a shim beneath the pry bar so that you do not cause damage to the wood...gently pry the stop away from the frame sliding the pry bar up or down the length of the stop until you can pull it out...

the sash may open at this point, if not, grasp the sash at the meeting rail (the top horizontal piece of the sash) and gently tug it towards you...this may take a few tries but be patient...once the sash is freed, check to see if the balance system (rope or chains and pulley) if any, is in good working order....congratulate yourself, go have a drink of ice water and begin the next window..........

remember that any paint applied prior to 1978 WILL contain lead. take the proper precautions before beginning...

good luck.......
.....jade
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johnleeke
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the serrated tool Jade mentions:



Figure 62. Removing Sash. If the sash is still stuck use a "Window Zipper" tool. Lay the bottom of the tool flat on the face of the sash stile. The bottom is smooth and flat so it will not scratch the face of the sash....

This is an illustration from the Save Your Wood Windows report. Learn more about the complete sash removal procedure at:

http://www.historichomeworks.com/hhw/reports/reports.htm#Windows

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jomercer



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the brand and source for this window zipper? I got one by Red Devil and it''s a piece of junk.....
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jade



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey jo....

take a look over at www.abatron.com they have a wood handled window zipper...the head has a different profile than the one shown in the photo above.....cost, $6.90 plus shipping.....

...jade
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