Asked on Apr 12, 2018

Old window falling from top

Dori Souter
by Dori Souter
I have the original windows in my 1920's house. I have a couple the the top window is falling down and won't stay up. How to I get them to stay up?
  4 answers
  • Cathy Richardson Cathy Richardson on Apr 12, 2018

    I have seen older windows like this with a long nail into the side to hold it up. otherwise I would look into a new window.

    • Dori Souter Dori Souter on Apr 12, 2018

      Thank you I do have screws holding it for now but would like to fix it right. I'm finishing a kitchen remodel and getting new living room windows is out of the question right now

  • Paula Lamb Paula Lamb on Apr 12, 2018

    Check to see if the sash weight cords are broken. You can replace the cord and reconnect the counter weights which should fix the problem.

  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 12, 2018

    I agree with Paula, I think the sash cord has broken or stretched out too much on the upper sash weight.

    There are quite a few videos on changing sash cords on double hung windows.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEi8kVQDPhc

    Here is another one.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHj6AdIzveU there are 2 styles shown here but you may find one to match yours on YouTube.

    I prefer the wonder bar or 7" prybar to get the stops off, I got mine at True Value and its one of my favorite tools.