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How To Replace Broken Window Sash Cords in Reading

Sash Windows Berkshire is a window sash replacement company based in Reading, Berkshire. We specialize in repairing and replacing sash windows in the South East of England. One of the most common issues we encounter is broken sash cords. In this landing page, we will guide you through the steps to replace broken window sash cords in Reading.

Understanding Sash Windows

Before we dive into the process of replacing sash cords, it is essential to understand the different parts that make up a sash window. A sash window has two wooden sashes that slide up and down in a frame. The sashes are held in place by weights that are attached to the sash cords. These weights counterbalance the sash, making it easy to slide up and down.

The sash cord is a thin, strong rope that runs through a pulley and attaches to the sash weight. The cord allows you to pull the sash up and down. The lower sash is the bottom part of the window frame, and the top sash is the upper part of the window frame.

Identifying a Broken Window Sash Cord

If your sash window is not opening or closing correctly, it could be because the sash cord is broken. To check if the sash cord is broken, you will need to remove the parting bead. The parting bead is a thin strip of wood that separates the two sashes. You can use a screwdriver to gently pry the parting bead away from the frame. Once the parting bead is removed, you will be able to see the sash cords.

If the sash cord is broken, it will be frayed or severed completely. You will need to replace the sash cord.

Replacing Broken Sash Cords

Replacing broken sash cords is a relatively simple process. You will need the following tools:

  • New sash cord
  • Sash weights
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

Step 1: Remove the Lower Sash

The first step in replacing broken sash cords is to remove the lower sash. To do this, you will need to locate the access panel at the bottom of the lower sash. The access panel is a small removable piece of trim that covers the sash weight.

Remove the access panel by using a screwdriver to gently pry it away from the frame. You should be able to see the sash weight and the broken sash cord.

Step 2: Remove the Broken Sash Cord

Using pliers, gently lift the sash weight out of the frame. You should be able to see the broken sash cord. Cut the cord close to the sash weight, and tie a knot in the end of the cord. This will prevent the weight from falling back into the frame.

Once the sash weight is removed, you can pull the broken sash cord out of the frame. You may need to use a pair of pliers to grip the cord and pull it out.

Step 3: Replace the Sash Cord

Thread the new sash cord through the hole in the sash weight. Tie a knot in the end of the cord, making sure it is tight. Attach the sash weight back into the frame using a nail and hammer. Replace the access panel.

Step 4: Repeat for the Top Sash

Repeat steps 1-3 for the top sash, making sure to use the correct length of sash cord. The top sash will have two sash cords, so you will need to repeat the process for both.

Step 5: Reinstall the Lower Sash

Once you have replaced both sash cords, you can reinstall the lower sash. Make sure the sash cord is attached to the weight and the access panel is in place.

Step 6: Clean and Test

Clean the parting bead and frame before inserting it back into place. Slide the lower sash up and down to make sure it moves freely. If you encounter any resistance, the sash cord may be snagged or obstructed.

Contact Sash Windows Berkshire

If you are still struggling with broken sash cords, our team at Sash Windows Berkshire can help. Our experienced professionals can replace or repair sash windows throughout Reading and the South East of England.

Contact us today at 0118 449 2798 or email us at [email protected]. You can also visit our website at to learn more about our services.

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