Removing your old wood double hung windowsWritten by John Rocco
Last week i told you how to measure your wood window openings to properly order your new vinyl replacement windows. This week i'm going to explain how to remove your old windows. The vast majority of wood sash double hung windows in America have same specifications. Starting from inside house and working out, you have a wood stop approximately 3/8" X 3/8". Then comes lower sash(the sash is piece of glass and surrounding wood frame). Then you have another wood stop (called a parting bead) between lower sash and upper sash. This stop is approx. 1/4" X 1/2". Then you have upper sash, and finally, outside wood stop (called a blind stop) that is approx. 1/2" X 3/4".
Before beginning, be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves. The safety glasses will protect your eyes from debris, and gloves help avoid splinters. The inside stop needs to be removed first. Try not to damage these,they will be re-installed after replacement windows are put in. If you should happen to crack old stops, you can take a piece to a hardware store or molding store to get replacement wood stops. If stops have been painted to blend into surrounding trim or wall, you need to put a flat screwdriver or putty knife into indented area that separates stop from surrounding area. Drag blade from top to bottom to chip away paint. Then put a stiff blade putty knife into this seam and pry stop away from frame. Start in middle of stop where there is most flexibility. Work putty knife from middle to top, then from middle to bottom. The number of nails that were used to install stop will determine how difficult removal will be. I have seen some stops that have just 3 nails, while others have had 6. Most of time there will be stops around all four sides of opening, but i have seen some openings that didn't have a top stop, and others that had no bottom stop.
After inside stops have been removed, you should be able to pull lower sash out. If windows were painted shut at some time, you might have to pry area where lock is located to separate sashes. Now, once you get lower sash out, it will still be attached to cords that hold window up when you raise it. Take a pair of tin snips and cut cords while maintaining tension on them. The cords will recoil back into assemblies. Take lower sash and set it aside.
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