How to Repair Damaged Window Sash Cords



this is the window I was writing you about right over here oh yeah this is a big double-hung window one over one and what's the problem it's heavy to operate yeah it won't stay open without the stick oh yeah I've seen that problem and I know how to fix it that's great let me get some tools all right all right Paula now I want to show you what's going on with your window but seeing that we can't see inside the wall cavity I brought a mock-up right here so we can show you exactly what's going on now what you have is called a double hung window which mean both sash work and both sash are hung on ropes now the ropes go up over a pulley and they're attached to these weights right here in the wall cavity and there's one on each side it's actually a counterbalance so when I pick the window up or down wherever I want it to stay and the counter bouncers allow the windows to stay in position all right yeah so now you have all the pieces you have the sash you have the ropes the pulleys and the weights give that line a pull but all right but in there yeah but they're not connected so all we need to do is replace the rope and connect into the sash let's do it all right to get the sash out of the opening I have to remove the stop beads first and they're held in with a few screws okay now I can remove the sash grab that from you okay now I want to do is remove this door right here so I can get to the weights and as you window wait right here it's one time oh that's a long one yeah heavy all right now I'll get the yellow one here's the other one all right okay what I'm going to use the replace your sass good is this cotton line what I want to try to do is push it down the pulley oh yeah not yet is there it is okay good now just tie this and on the end of our weight okay okay now put it in the opening and pull it up good and now we'll just cut the line about here we'll do the other one now just close up the hole it allowed me to access the weights okay now we need to attach the rope to our sash and if you notice on the edge of the sash there is a dado with a hole at the bottom and that's where a rope goes okay so what I need to do now is I need to pull on the pulley so the weight goes up almost to the top and back it down just a little bit so now I push the rope in the dado and I line it up at the bottom of the hole and that's where I will tie my knot okay so now tie the knot right there now over women just like that okay so now to keep it in there why we're put it in the open I want to just drive a nail in through the knot okay now let's just put the window back into the opening okay and we can now install the stop bead here you go thank you push it right back up there like that I want to hold it gently to the window and screw in place all right Paul you wanna do the honors absolutely see if it works here we go all the way up that's where I want it yeah yeah I kind of hear the same thing I think you have a squeaky pulley let's try some silicon on it see if it worked all right give it a try see if it's any quieter here we go oh it's perfect wonderful

38 Comments

  • ardrie

    April 13, 2019

    ahh huh that's how its done is it? I wondered how to repair that

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  • Vishwan Purandat

    April 13, 2019

    Tommy so bad ass he used the claw end to hammer in a nail.

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  • Steve Hillier

    April 13, 2019

    Tommy definitely done it lol ?

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  • Amber Swartz

    April 13, 2019

    I love these old windows. Our house has double hung windows with leaded glass for the upper window. Some of them are still working fine. It's crazy to think that this pulley system can last more than 100 years.

    Thanks for the video, hopefully replacing the sash cord really is as easy as you made it look! I'm starting with the only painted window in the house. It also happens to be the smallest.

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  • CC Media

    April 13, 2019

    I just bought an old house full of these windows. Painted shut and none of them work. Gonna sledge everyone of them with the biggest hammer i can find and replace with working vinyl windows.

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  • Zion Curaçao

    April 13, 2019

    Get a new one .

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  • Thomas D

    April 13, 2019

    Jeez. Oil your pulleys and wax your tracks! Squeeeeeak!!!

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  • aluminumfetish

    April 13, 2019

    Never that easy, makes for good youtube though.

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  • Don't u get it?

    April 13, 2019

    Repair or replace??? Replace me thinks!

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  • Coasterdude02149

    April 13, 2019

    How do you get the cover off to access the weights? I've been trying for a day and a half..screws are out, but the wood is coming apart trying to get it out. It's wiggling but feels like a jigsaw puzzle piece.

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  • Metro I

    April 13, 2019

    Can you replace using chains? Or should I buy rope?

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  • InDatParish

    April 13, 2019

    Any advice on making these windows more energy efficient? Other than buying new windows

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  • SuperCapricorn67

    April 13, 2019

    Great video !well explained .

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  • rugby soldier

    April 13, 2019

    Behinderte fenster

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  • Gravity

    April 13, 2019

    Tom always with the girls:-)

    Great job !

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  • StamX

    April 13, 2019

    let me just go over and get my handy dandy model double-swing window

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  • sdjnwhyNZ

    April 13, 2019

    Tom, you got a cold?

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  • scorpiooooh

    April 13, 2019

    The pulleys should have been taken out while the sash was out so they could be lubed.

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  • The Best Stooge

    April 13, 2019

    Leaves the squeaky pulley then when everything is done sprays it without even using a straw. SMH

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  • Manuel L

    April 13, 2019

    5:20 Tom like "oh yeah that's nice" lmao

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  • Ramin Madani

    April 13, 2019

    wow…! That's big…!
    (And the way she hold the weight)

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  • Hank Penning

    April 13, 2019

    When fixing these I usually find the rope doesn't go in from the top as easily as Tom's did in the video. Then it's necessary to remove the pulley at the top, feed the rope through it, and then add a bit of weight to the end of the rope. I always have a couple of steel nuts in the tool box to use for this, then drop them into the opening at the top and it brings the rope right down. Then you can re-install the pulley. A lot of times the pulley has a lot of dirt, rust, or paint in it and needs to be loosened up before it's re-installed. Work it around a bit until it spins and then give it a shot of WD-40 before putting it back.
    Another issue is removing the doors to the weights. Part of the door is behind the parting bead, so I have to carefully loosen the parting bead by cutting the paint in front and back and gently pulling it out at the bottom and bending it to the side to allow for the door to be removed.

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  • Abajh Alghamdi

    April 13, 2019

    you a very great person

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  • I can fix that

    April 13, 2019

    great work most people would just tear out that window and replace it with a dumb vinyl window. vynle windows look like a pile of crap that someone puked on but you mage the better choice to fix that original window original is always best

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  • Pallum

    April 13, 2019

    Can we get a video of all Tom's hammer skills?

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  • The Handyman

    April 13, 2019

    Most of the old windows I work on like this have been painted 20 times. Makes it much harder to get to the weights.

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  • Peter Morgan

    April 13, 2019

    The siliconed pulley will be squealing like a stuck pig within a few weeks. Soap is actually really good for stuff like that and more less lasts forever.

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  • Ohio Digger

    April 13, 2019

    All of the sash cords in my Pella windows are broke. They're not rope like these in the video. Just a heavy string. Is there and way to replace those? The windows themselves are in good shape but can't be operated safely because they come crashing down when you open them.

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  • Mo Chubby's Music

    April 13, 2019

    Houses like that are old enough to have ghosts.

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  • still34u

    April 13, 2019

    I just can't believe, that somebody went "Naw ditch the hinges, let's make a wall cavity, put a counter weight and pulley system inside.. " … wtf

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  • MachTwo57

    April 13, 2019

    In my second life I want to hang out with Tom Silva all day long.

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  • Ado Filth 666

    April 13, 2019

    It's a long one?

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  • sanjay Parsam

    April 13, 2019

    can you make a video how to do hardwood flooring

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  • b8e71fcbe2e195c67d8d16734013d20f

    April 13, 2019

    I guess the isolation factor of this type of window is far out of the normal scales. From factor A to G it must be like Z^9999. As if there is no window. Just a big hole in the wall.

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  • iShootBandits

    April 13, 2019

    Some bees wax on the sides of the window and caseing and shes good to go.

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  • callum rennie

    April 13, 2019

    I'm a bus fan but it's cool what u doo

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  • ﻗﺎﺯﺍﻗﺒﺎﻯ ® KAZAKBAY

    April 13, 2019

    ??

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  • Uil1980

    April 13, 2019

    Do you need to paint exterior gas line in residential work?

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