Sunday, May 6, 2012

Snap! Clunk!

When I shut one of the windows in the front room, this is what I heard:



The snap was the rope in the window sash breaking.

The clunk was the counterweight dropping to the bottom of the window.

I may or may not have cried a little.

In theory, I know how to fix it.  I'll have to pry off a piece of trim on either side of the window, take the window out, pry off the little piece of trim that hides the rope and pulley system, pull out the broken rope, string a new rope through the weight, and put everything back like it was.  I've seen other people fix windows this way, but I have never done it.  Hence, I know how it's done in theory but not in practice. 

I'll add this to the to-do list.  Sigh.


  1. Here's a nice how-to video on that. The audio is hard to hear at the beginning, but what he's doing seems clear.

    Meanwhile, you can always prop the window open with a stick :-(

    Latest debacle at my house - I woke up in the middle of the night and the heat was off. For some reason, I tried flipping the thermostat to AC as a test, and that didn't come on either.

    So I'm thinking the thermostat is broken and on Monday do I call the electrician or the heating/AC guys. After a few minutes of muttering about things breaking and good thing it isn't winter, I revisit the thermostat, realize AC didn't go on because the temp wasn't set right, try heat again and in a few minutes baseboards warm up.

    It's a good thing no one calls me for decisions at 3 am:-)

  2. Hmmm, the link to the video didn't seem to make it in there, trying again:


  3. Thanks, Karen Anne! That's kinda what I was thinking, but having it explained like that is much better.

    I'm glad your furnace is working--those visits from the HVAC people are expensive!

  4. I do that sigh.. alot. sigh. I entirely and completely understand the ever expanding to-do list when you already have enough on it.

  5. If this is one of the windows that you just pried open and have begun using, you might have to get REAL practise and be proactive. Many of the window ropes probably have some dry rot and as long as they were not stressed too much they were okay. Regular use may make them all break rather quickly and I would hate to see a window have both sides go a once while opened. Not only would there be a great possibility of breaking some of your wavy glass, but you would also get the treat of trying to fish for the window weight! Check the rope condition! Good luck

  6. Anonymous, It is one of the windows that I just pried open, and I hadn't even thought of that. Excellent point. The rope's not the original--it's cotton clothesline--but I have no idea how long it's been there. Also, it's been painted over in places (GRRRR...) which I'm sure reduces its flexibility.

  7. Been there. I fixed it by proping a stick in the open window. LOL Hey, I was moving out anyway...