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Step 4. Paraffin is a good lubricant for sash channels. Just rub a candle vigorously against all three surfaces of both channels.

 

Step 5. To remove a bottom sash, take off the stop trim on both jambs that hold the sash in place. Slide a chisel or putty knife between the two surfaces and pry gently to avoid splitting the stop.

 

Step 6. Once the stops are removed the sash can swing free. Remove the weight cords from the sides and cut or plane the sash so it fits the channels better.

 

Step 7. To free the upper sash, remove the parting strip on both jambs. Grip each strip at the bottom or top with pliers and pull. The parting strips are held only by friction, no fasteners are used. Protect the strip with small scrap blocks on both sides.

 

 

 

 

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