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How To Repair Sash Window Weights In Reading

Sash windows are a beautiful and traditional part of many homes in Reading, Berkshire, and throughout South East England. However, over time, the cords and weights that hold the sashes in place can become worn or damaged, leading to loose or inoperable windows.

Fortunately, Sash Windows Berkshire is here to help. As a professional sash window repair company in Reading, we have extensive experience in repairing and restoring sash windows of all types, including those with damaged cords and weights.

In this guide, we'll take you step-by-step through the process of repairing sash window weights in your Reading home, covering everything from identifying the problem to completing the repair. Read on to learn more.

Identifying the Problem

The first step in repairing sash window weights is to identify the problem. There are several signs that your sash window weights may be damaged or in need of repair:

  • Your windows are difficult to open or close
  • Your windows are loose or rattle in their frames
  • Your windows won't stay open on their own
  • You notice frayed or broken cords

If you're experiencing any of these issues with your sash windows, it's likely that the weights or cords are to blame. The good news is that repairing these components is a relatively straightforward job that can be completed with the right tools and materials.

Materials Needed

Before we dive into the repair process, let's take a look at the materials you'll need to get started:

  • Sash cords (ideally waxed-cotton)
  • Sash weights (ideally lead, brass or iron)
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Knot-tying tool (often called a mouse)

All of these materials can be found at your local hardware or home improvement store, or you can purchase them online.

Removing the Lower Sash

Now that you have your materials, it's time to get started with the repair process. The first step is to remove the lower sash from its frame so you can access the weights and cords.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the lower sash in place. Be sure to set the screws aside somewhere safe so you don't lose them.
  2. Gently tap a chisel into the gap between the lower sash and the frame. This will separate the parting bead (the thin strip of wood that runs along the side of the frame) from the frame and allow you to remove the sash.
  3. Once the parting bead is removed, you can slide the lower sash out of the frame.

Be sure to keep the sash in a safe place while you work on the weights and cords.

Removing the Old Cords and Weights

With the lower sash removed, you can now access the weights and cords that hold the window in place. Here's how to remove them:

  1. If the cords were previously knotted, use pliers to loosen the knot and remove the cord from the parting bead and the weight.
  2. Use pliers to remove the weight from the pocket inside the frame. Depending on the type of window, you may need to remove a small panel on the side of the frame to access the pocket.
  3. Repeat the process to remove the other weight and associated cord.

With the cords and weights removed, it's time to install new ones.

Installing New Cords and Weights

Installing new cords and weights is a bit more challenging than removing the old ones, but it's still a job that can be completed by most DIY enthusiasts with a bit of patience and attention to detail.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Tie a knot in one end of a new sash cord using a knot-tying tool (often called a mouse). The knot should be large enough to prevent it from pulling through the hole in the weight.
  2. Slide the other end of the cord through the hole in the weight and tie another knot on the other side to hold it in place.
  3. Slide the weight back into the pocket inside the frame, taking care to make sure it's aligned with the other weight.
  4. Repeat the process with the other cord/weight.

Once the new cords and weights are installed, it's time to reattach the lower sash and test the window to make sure it's working properly.

Reattaching the Lower Sash

Attaching the lower sash is the final step in the sash window weight repair process. Here's how to do it:

  1. Carefully slide the lower sash back into the frame, making sure it's properly seated in the groove on the side of the frame.
  2. With the sash in place, reattach the parting bead by tapping it gently into place using a hammer.
  3. Use a screwdriver to reattach the screws that hold the lower sash in place.

Congratulations! Your sash window is now repaired and working like new.

Wrapping Up

While repairing sash window weights may seem like a daunting task at first, with the right tools and some basic knowledge of sash window repair, it's a job that can be completed by most DIY enthusiasts.

Of course, if you're not comfortable with DIY projects, or if you simply don't have the time or inclination to tackle the job yourself, remember that Sash Windows Berkshire is here to help. Our experienced team of sash window repair professionals can quickly and easily repair any damage to your sash windows, including damaged cords and weights.

To learn more about our services, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experts, please don't hesitate to contact us at 0118 449 2798 or via email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

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