I have double hung windows that use a coil spring on each side to assist
the window in its slide. The plastic clips that hold the end of the springs
in tension have all broken, and the springs have retracted up about 6
inches inside the window frames.
Does anyone have a clever way of reaching up and grabbing those springs? I
tried threading in a lag bolt, but it would not hold long enough to pull
the spring down. Ditto for a mechanic's grab tool.
Any ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks.
You have to pull the sash out far enough to grab the spring. The stop
should be removable. If the jamb has vynil liners , force the sash to
one side,pull towards you on the side you are prying. The sash will pop
out.Replace the plastic with a suitable metal clip.
Thanks for the suggestions. The thing that is driving me crazy is that 15
years ago when I moved in, I fixed several of the windows by grapping the
springs, but I don't recall how I did it, exactly. I have tried the several
versions of the coat hanger recently, without any luck. I'm not sure if a
crochet hook would get a purchase on the spring coil as there is no gap
between the individual wires in the coil. I'm sure the sash removal would
work, but it means prying off the wood work and all the associated paint
damage. Thanks again.
Self-tapping screw just slightly bigger than the ID of the coil, glued
to a dowel, with a peice of pipe just about the OD of the
coil, and a flared end slipped over it. Shove the screw end up and
twist until it bites, and then slide the pipe up to pinch the spring
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