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How To Replace Rope On Sash Window In Reading


Sash windows are a classic and elegant feature of many older homes. However, over time, the cords that hold the sashes in place may start to fray or break. If this happens, it's important to replace the ropes to ensure that your windows continue to function properly. In this guide, we'll cover how to replace rope on sash windows in Reading.

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Understanding Your Sash Window

Before you can replace the cords on your sash window, it's important to understand how the window is constructed. A sash window typically consists of two sashes that slide up and down within the frame. Each sash is held in place by cords that run over pulleys and attach to weights inside the window frame. The cords are connected to the sash by small metal loops called sash eyes. The cords then pass over the top of the upper sash and down to the bottom of the lower sash.

Removing the Old Ropes

To replace the cords on your sash window, you'll need to remove the old ropes first. To do this, you'll need to:

  1. Remove the staff bead The staff bead is the small piece of wood that runs along the inside of the window frame and holds the sash in place. Use a chisel or screwdriver to gently pry the staff bead away from the frame.
  2. Release the sash Once the staff bead is removed, you'll need to release the sash from the frame. To do this, pull the sash down and lift the bottom of the sash out of the frame.
  3. Remove the weights The weights are located inside the window frame and are connected to the cords that run over the pulleys. Use a pair of pliers to gently remove the weights from the cords.
  4. Remove the cords Finally, you can remove the old cords from the sash eyes by untying the knots or cutting the cords.

Installing the New Ropes

Once you've removed the old ropes, you can install the new cords. Here's how to do it:

  1. Tie the cords to the weights Tie one end of the new cord to the weight and then carefully slide the weight back into the frame.
  2. Run the cord over the pulleys Once the weight is back in place, run the new cord over the pulleys and through the cord holes in the frame.
  3. Tie the cord to the sash eye Tie the other end of the cord to the sash eye and pull the cord tight.
  4. Replace the staff bead Once the new cord is in place, replace the staff bead by tapping it back into place with a hammer.

Common Problems and Solutions

Even if you follow these steps carefully, you may run into some problems when replacing the cords on your sash window. Here are some common problems and their solutions:

The cords are too short

If the cords you've purchased are too short, you can tie them to the existing cords and use them as extensions. Simply tie a knot and cut off any excess.

The cords keep coming untied

If the cords keep coming untied, try adding a small amount of wood glue to the knot. This will help keep it secure.

The sash won't stay up

If the sash won't stay up when you raise it, the weight may be too heavy or the cord may be twisted. Try adjusting the weight or straightening the cord.


Replacing the ropes on your sash window may seem intimidating, but with the right tools and a bit of patience, it can be a straightforward process. If you're not comfortable replacing the ropes yourself, don't hesitate to contact Sash Windows Berkshire. We're always happy to help with any sash window repairs or replacements you may need. Contact us at 0118 449 2798 or email us at [email protected] to learn more about our services.

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