How do you take these windows down?

I’m in New England and have Anderson windows from about ‘78. They’re single pane windows that need cleaning and maintenance (recaulking) on the outside but in the back of the house, some are three-stories high! I want to take them in from the inside but can’t seem to figure out if I can -

The only part of the window that I think might have something to do with it are these things on the bottom of the window itself. It looks like a thimble (like a little plastic cup upside down) pushed into the frame of the panes, flush with the wood, on both sides of the bottom. HELP!!

i’ll assume that you mean that the glass needs to be re puttied to the sash. because that is the only reason that you’d need to take them out of their frames. in order to take a sash out of the frame on older windows you will need to remove the window stops on either side. it will look like small floor or window trim and hold the sash against the parting bead. the stops will either be nailed or screwed to the sides of the frame. if you do not see any screws holding the stops to the frame, you will need a small stiff putty knife or small flat pry bar. you can get either at your local hardware store, so do not use a large pry bar. if your window trim is stained, you will see where to insert the pry bar next to the window trim. if your window trim is painted, you may have to cut the paint between the trim and the stops. once you have removed the side stops, you will be able to lift the sash and bring one side of the window in and remove the sash cord. slowly let the cord up so that it doesn’t snap back into the balance or jamb the weight in the sash pocket. next, remove the cord from the other side after you pull the sash away from the frame. to remove the upper sash from the frame, you will need to remove one of the parting beads from the side of the frame. a word of caution, they may be held in place by some very small nails and or paint. first, lower the upper sash all the way down to the sill. next take a pair of pliers and grip the parting bead up near the top, and rock it gently back and forth as you try to tip it in away from the frame. move down to the middle and grip and wiggle it here,too. go back up to the top and work it completely free from the frame, then get the middle free, too. once the top and middle are free, you should be able to move the bead all the way across the window opening and remove it. you only have to do one side. raise the upper sash, then twist it in and remove the sash cord as before, the remove the other side, too. installation is the oposite of the removal. as far as cleaning the windows goes, there is a pattern to do it without removing the sashes, do the top 1/2 of the outside of each sash with the sashes lowered, then the bottom 1/2 with the sashes raised. to see all of this a little more clearly, you may want to check your local library for a book on home repair. if you want a book that is the best there is on windows you may want to get;Working Windows, by Terence Meany. the publisher was The Lyons Press, and the ISBN# 1-55821-707-X published in 1998, for $14.95. this book will cover any and all that you will need to fix any window. good luck, hope this helps.

One Response to “How do you take these windows down?”

  1. car dude Says:

    i’ll assume that you mean that the glass needs to be re puttied to the sash. because that is the only reason that you’d need to take them out of their frames. in order to take a sash out of the frame on older windows you will need to remove the window stops on either side. it will look like small floor or window trim and hold the sash against the parting bead. the stops will either be nailed or screwed to the sides of the frame. if you do not see any screws holding the stops to the frame, you will need a small stiff putty knife or small flat pry bar. you can get either at your local hardware store, so do not use a large pry bar. if your window trim is stained, you will see where to insert the pry bar next to the window trim. if your window trim is painted, you may have to cut the paint between the trim and the stops. once you have removed the side stops, you will be able to lift the sash and bring one side of the window in and remove the sash cord. slowly let the cord up so that it doesn’t snap back into the balance or jamb the weight in the sash pocket. next, remove the cord from the other side after you pull the sash away from the frame. to remove the upper sash from the frame, you will need to remove one of the parting beads from the side of the frame. a word of caution, they may be held in place by some very small nails and or paint. first, lower the upper sash all the way down to the sill. next take a pair of pliers and grip the parting bead up near the top, and rock it gently back and forth as you try to tip it in away from the frame. move down to the middle and grip and wiggle it here,too. go back up to the top and work it completely free from the frame, then get the middle free, too. once the top and middle are free, you should be able to move the bead all the way across the window opening and remove it. you only have to do one side. raise the upper sash, then twist it in and remove the sash cord as before, the remove the other side, too. installation is the oposite of the removal. as far as cleaning the windows goes, there is a pattern to do it without removing the sashes, do the top 1/2 of the outside of each sash with the sashes lowered, then the bottom 1/2 with the sashes raised. to see all of this a little more clearly, you may want to check your local library for a book on home repair. if you want a book that is the best there is on windows you may want to get;Working Windows, by Terence Meany. the publisher was The Lyons Press, and the ISBN# 1-55821-707-X published in 1998, for $14.95. this book will cover any and all that you will need to fix any window. good luck, hope this helps.
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