Originally, 3/8” cotton rope was used to attach the weight, through a pulley to the windows to ease operation. Over time these ropes break making the window very difficult to open and keep open. Most homeowners with a moderate skill level can replace these cords in just a few hours (depending on how many windows you have) and once again enjoy the outdoor air for the few days that it is comfortable enough to open them.
First, remove the piece of molding that holds the window in place. Normally, this is rounded on the side facing you and flat on the window side. To remove it first run a utility knife along the edges of the molding to break the paint and or caulk. Next install a small pry bar and GENTLY pull the molding away from the window. Slide the bar up and down the molding and just pull a little each time. If you try to break it free too forcefully you may break the molding.
Once the molding is removed, cut the remaining cords with a utility knife and remove the window.
I personally prefer to use sash chain in place of using rope. It should last longer and will not succumb to the deterioration that rope does. Kits are available for purchase, but are not normally found in the usual “box stores”. These kits include springs, chain, and metal clips.
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