When fixing windows, the simplest types of windows are fixed windows, these are the type of windows that don’t open or close, which means they have no complicated moving parts. Problems that come with these types of windows are they are typically restricted to broken glass, loose or missing glazing, and damage to the exterior frames.
There are three common types of operating window types, which include casement windows, double-hung windows, and sliding windows. The frames and sashes on these windows may be steel, wood, aluminum or vinyl-clad, or any of these types of materials put together.
The less common types of windows that are operating will include skylights, and awning windows. With the awning windows, you see these more in locations such as in basements. The skylights which can also be called roof windows, will be either operating or be a fixed window type. The repair and maintenance techniques for the casement and awning windows are pretty similar to the skylight windows.
Repair for sashes that are painted shut
For easy repair for sashes that have been painted shut, either if you want to simply open the window to let in some fresh air or you need to make some repairs to this area. To start, you will need to release the window sashes that have been painted shut, which can be a real problem at times. You can use a knife to cut the window loose, but keep in mind you risk damaging the jambs or the sash frame if you happen to slip with the knife. For safety and for better results, the best tool to use for this particular job would be to use an inexpensive paint zipper. You can purchase this tool at most hardware stores. You will then run the serrated blade of the paint zipper tool along the gap between the sash, jambs, and the sill. This will cause the paint seal to break. If by chance the window still will not open, you can use a flat pry bar tool and the use of a wood block, to try and pry the sash open from the outside of the house.
Repair for removing interior casework
To remove a window sash frame for easy repair, you will most likely need to pry off the interior window trim first. To do this you will need to use a flat pry bar to remove the side trim pieces of the window, and in most cases you won’t need to remove the top or bottom trim. You will need to start by prying near one end of each piece of the window. You will need to insert a wood block beneath the pry bar to increase your leverage and also to protect the wall surface. To avoid damaging the trim you will need to pry only a little piece at a time, and work your way toward the other end of the trim piece. To make the job of reinstalling later a little easier, especially when working with multiple windows, you will want to label the backs of the trim pieces for easy identification.
These steps will help get the job done a little easier, even when doing the job yourself.