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Runaway Double Hung Windows

I have wooden double hung windows that were probably installed in the '60s. Most of them will not stay up on their own. The one that does seems to have a strip of aluminum, similar to aluminum flashing between the window and the frame. I haven't been able to figure out how this works and how I can repair the remaining windows. None of them have a rope or a place where a rope had been. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Re: Runaway Double Hung Windows

Whitout pictures it's hard to say what you have. The metal may be weather stripping or part of a spring balance.

Re: Runaway Double Hung Windows

Like Jack said it’s hard to comment on how to fix what you have without a picture.

But if you are missing sash weights then you might consider using spring balances (what Jack mentioned) to provide the lift. Check out the following TOH video clip:

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