Vinyl Single-Hung Windows
Ever walk into a room and see a single hung window that looks all cocked eye, not sitting square in the frame? This is usually from one of the balances that have come free.
If not corrected these balances get damaged and will need replacement. But the good news is this is a pretty easy task to do on most windows.
Most of these single-hung windows have balances with a side load sash with metal or plastic take-out clips in the side jambs. Most of the balances are the block and tackle type. Some balances may have slight differences but almost all of them work the same. Some window manufacturers will have stops that will need to be removed prior to be able to remove the window up and out.
(notice clip position in type "A" balance)
So here is the easy fix.
First flip out the stops. These will catch the balance and allow you to move the window up past them. Once past them you can slip the window out of the jamb.
You will not need to inspect the loose balance for damage.
If it looks good you will find a clip around the the bottom (see example in diagram above) of the balance that needs to be attached to the side jamb in a little hole a few inches below the stop.
Now just slip the window back into the jamb and slide it down to re-engage the balances. Push the take-out clips back in flat and there you go.... your window is fixed, easy as pie.
So now don’t you let yourself get all hung up about it.
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