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3 Things That Can Keep A Casement Window From Opening

by Matthew Fields

Casement windows are a versatile and highly distinctive style of window, one that can add a touch of class to many different types of home. Unfortunately, casement windows--especially those found on older homes--have a nasty habit of becoming stuck in place. If you would like to learn more about how to set a stuck casement free, read on. This article will discuss how to eliminate three common problems.

Loose Hinge Screws

A screw head that has worked loose can make it difficult for the window sash--i.e. the main body of the window, including both glass and frame--to open outward. In many cases, you may hear a nasty grinding or screeching sound when you do finally succeed in getting the window to open. The good news here is that this issue is actually quite simple to fix.

In order to address this problem, you will need to start with the window open. This is necessary in order to expose the hinge--and, more importantly, the hinge screws. It's possible that you'll be able to correct the problem just by tightening these screws up. More likely, though, is that the screws' holes are stripped.

You can fix a stripped screw hole with the aid of wood glue and a few toothpicks. Take out the screws, apply glue to the inside of the hole, and then stick as many toothpicks as you can fit inside of it. Allow the glue to dry and then use a pair of heavy duty scissors to snip the toothpicks flush with the sill. Now when you reinstall the screws they should stay tightly in place.

Rust On The Hinges

The hinges on casement windows are located in a particularly vulnerable position between sash and sill. As a result, they tend to end up being exposed to a certain degree of moisture over the years. Unless kept properly oiled, this often leads to the development of corrosion and rust.

How you handle a rusty hinge depends on the severity of the problem. Minor corrosion can generally be worked around by applying a few squirts of lubricant. Heavier rust deposits are often more trouble than they're worth to remove. Here the easiest course is usually to remove the hinge entirely and install a new one.

Dirty Or Gunked Up Operator

Operator is the name given to the main assemblage of a casement window. This includes both the handle and the gear box from which the handle protrudes. Dust and grime tends to build up inside of this box over the years, thus making it increasingly difficult to get the window open.

To solve this problem, pop off the operator cover using a flathead screwdriver. Then blow out any loose dirt using condensed air. Then put a dab of lithium grease on the gears and reattach the cover. Your window should now open much more easily!

In the event that the degree of corrosion and/or damage inside of the gear box is simply too great, it may need to be replaced completely. Because it can be difficult to find replacement gear boxes for older casement windows, your best bet may be to look into replacing the entire window. To learn more, contact a company like Beyers Window & Door Inc. 

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