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How To Replace Sash Window Cord in Reading

Sash Windows Berkshire is a window sash replacement company in Reading that understands the need to find a solution when your sashes are no longer in good condition. If your windows are old and creaky, then you might need to replace the sash cord to keep them in good condition. In this guide, you'll find everything you need to know to replace your sash window cord.

What do you need?

Before you start, you need to make sure that you have all the necessary tools and equipment to replace the sash window cord. To replace a sash window cord, you will need the following:

  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Pry bar
  • New sash cord
  • Screws

Removing the old cord:

To start, you'll need to remove the old cord. This involves removing the sashes from the frame, removing the clips that hold the sashes in place, and then taking out the old cord.

Step 1: Remove the sashes from the frame Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the sash in place. Make sure to remove all the screws from both sides of the sash. Then, gently pull the sash out of the frame.

Step 2: Remove the clips that hold the sashes in place Use pliers or a pry bar to remove the clips that hold the sashes in place. Be careful not to damage the sash or the frame.

Step 3: Remove the old cord To remove the old cord, you will need to pull it out from both the top and bottom channels. When pulling the cord out, be sure to remove any remaining sash weights from their pockets.

Installing the new cord:

Once you have removed the old cord, you need to install the new cord. This involves threading the new cord through the channels and attaching the sash weights to the new cord.

Step 1: Attach the new cord Attach the new cord to the top of the sash by tying a knot around the screw at the top of the channel. Then, thread the cord through the channel and tie another knot around the sash weight at the bottom of the channel.

Step 2: Reattach the clips that hold the sashes in place Use pliers or a pry bar to reattach the clips that hold the sashes in place. Make sure that the sashes are snugly in place and that the clips are secure.

Step 3: Reattach the sashes to the frame Reattach the sashes to the frame using the screws that you removed earlier. Make sure that the sashes are level and that they move smoothly up and down.

Adjusting the balance:

Once you have reattached the sashes, you need to adjust the balance to ensure that the sashes move smoothly up and down.

Step 1: Check the balance Check the balance of the window by opening it halfway and seeing if it stays in place. If it stays in place, then you're good to go. If it falls open or closed, then you need to adjust the balance.

Step 2: Adjust the balance To adjust the balance, you need to add or remove weight from the bottom of the window. This is done by adding or removing sash weights from the pockets in the frame. If the window falls open, then you need to add more weight to the bottom. If the window falls closed, then you need to remove some weight from the bottom.

Step 3: Check again After adjusting the balance, check the window again to ensure that it moves smoothly up and down without falling open or closed.


Replacing the sash window cord might take a bit of time, but it's worth it. Not only does it keep your window in good condition, but it also ensures that your window moves smoothly up and down. Make sure that you follow all the steps carefully and that you do it safely. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, then don't hesitate to contact Sash Windows Berkshire. We're always here to help you with your window replacement needs in Reading, Berkshire, and the South East of England.

Contact us on 0118 449 2798 or email us at [email protected] to get your window fixed today. It's always worth checking if your window needs replacement and getting it done safely so that it moves perfectly and entirely moves to your wish to declare your sense of style in the window reflects reading, Berkshire, and England where it belongs.

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