Double-hung windows are a popular option with homeowners for many reasons. This type of window works by sliding up and down, providing additional options for airflow into your home. One of the most common problems associated with double-hung windows is a “dropped window.” This occurs when one of the sashes becomes disconnected from a balance shoe, resulting in the window sash dropping or sliding down when you raise it. The good news is that you can easily repair this problem with the proper tools and information. To fix a dropped double-hung window, follow these steps:
- First, find the balance shoe (you can find this pushed to the bottom of the window frame). Once you’ve located the balance shoe, grab a flathead screwdriver.
- You’ll notice that the balance shoe has a “U” shape within it, which means it’s in the “locked” position. Insert your screwdriver into the U shape and turn it so that it now resembles a “C” — this indicates that the balance shoe is unlocked.
- Using your screwdriver, guide the balance shoe up the window frame until it’s within a few inches of the disconnected sash and lock it back in again.
- Slide the sash down and engage the tilt pin with the balance shoe so that it’s connected.
Slide the sash up and down a few times to make sure the connection is secure and you’re done!
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