I have always lived in older houses, and just used a screwdriver or putty
knife and a hammer.
But the current house has these awful, small, eight-over-eight windows,
three-four in most rooms, and the hammer and screwdriver thing is not
working--it feels like I will tear the hell out of the late-1950s window
frames before they come unstuck if they ever will.
Is there any little trick anyone knows of to make this easier?
(Before we sell this place we will replace the old windows, but that may not
be for a while ... that is what I really want to do.)
The Puddy knife still is you best bet.
Leave the screwdriver and hammer alone and concentrate on "wiggling" the
puddy knife into the various gaps.
The first place where you make progress often loosens up other places so you
keep trying "everywhere" and things gradually loosen up.
I have never had the need but at the extreme you could use a paint remover
Called a painters tool. Get yourself a good heavy one so you don't smash
the handle when you hammer assist. You will find it indespensible for a
thousand things if you do a fair amount of putzing. I've even used it
while painting too :-)
Don't know where you are at, but we would call that a "5 in 1 tool"
even though it has many more uses than that. The OP really needs a
Oh, man. Could it be this simple?? At $10.49, I sure will try it. We've got
Ace around here.
On Mon, 23 Jul 2007 22:01:43 -0500, Al Bundy wrote:
I have had one of them in my toolbox for years. Don't even know where it
appeared from but it's always come in handy for all sorts of things,
mostly when I'm fitting coving.
Now I know exactly what it is I might even try using it to bed glass into
window frames :-)
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Are you scoring the joint with a sharp boxcutter before you start with the
putty knife? Another trick, like tightening a frozen bolt to loosen it up,
is to use a block and mallet to close the window tighter before you try to
open it. In windows of that era, metal-on-metal galling and dried-up
lubricant on the metal weatherstripping can sometimes bind it up as much as
the paint in the cracks. Note that this sometimes requires access to the
outside of the window, to tap the upper sash upward. (unless of course you
can get the bottom half open, and reach the bottom of the outer frame from
Interesting, I never thought of this for loosening bolts, either.
You know I would love to avoid dealing with the outside of the windows, as
it will require a much taller ladder than I have--but it has occurred to me
I may need to do that. I will try the methods, probably easiest to hardest!
Thanks to all who contributed. Maybe by fall I can open my upstairs windows
to enjoy the breeze!
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