I would like to fix the pulley sytems in my Victorian double-hung windows, without removing the windows. I found a DIY how-to, but it assumes that the original pulley system is still in place and just has a snapped cord somewhere. My problem is that all the cords and weights were removed at some point in the past (and every single window painted shut), so I have these beautiful old windows that no longer open and close. Chipping the paint off I can do. But where can I find the materials I need to repair the pulley system? I guess I just need a certain size of cloth cord, and some old window weights. Do I have to track this stuff down at an antique store, which will be difficult in my small town, or does someone still make weights for old windows?
Here's the DIY article I found, showing the kind of window I have and how to make minor repairs to it. Mine don't have access panels, though:
Also, before anyone tells me to replace the windows with new ones... The windows are in very good condition otherwise. And I live in a climate so mild that we left our bedroom window open all winter long for the cat to come and go. And the summers are even milder, never getting past the 60s except rare instances where it creeps into the low 70s. You have to go further inland for actual seasons! ;)