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How to tune up double-hung windows

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Step 1. Loosen a stuck window sash by forcing a putty knife between the sash and the window stop or parting strip. If hand pressure isn't enough to push in the blade, tap the handle with a hammer. Loosen both sides of the sash.

 

Step 2. Once the sash is free, push it out of the way and clean out any debris from the sash channel using an old chisel or stiff, narrow putty knife.

 

Step 3. Clean up the channel by sanding all three surfaces smooth. Use 100-grit paper wrapped around a scrap block of wood. Brush away the sanding dust or vacuum it up.

 

Tip

Sashes that bind only slightly can often be freed by tapping the stop with a small block of wood. Donít strike the block too hard. This could split the stop. Firm taps should do the trick.

 

 

 

 

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