I'm trying to fix some jalousie windows in my late mother's house. The
operators are no good and I managed to get them off of the frame by
breaking off the rusted bolts. But the windows won't open or close at
all, I suspect that the hinges have corrosion in the pins (all of
which seem to be aluminum). Any ideas of how to unstick all the
mechanisms? Would it help to use a blow torch on the hinges?
If the house is near the ocean, the aluminum is probably pitted. Even
if they're not, there's probably still corrosion. You'll have to
disassemble the window to find out where the binding is taking place.
If you have to replace a pin, you can use pop rivets.
Here's a link on how to repair jalousie windows and it has a link to a
parts supply place.
You are probably overmatched on this project. Call some window
professionals, preferably people who also do repairs, and get
estimates, quotes. Jalousies are inherently complicated things and it
will be surprising if any of them can be revived. as suggested by
another, replacement will likely turn out to be your best option long
They don't. I don't know why on earth they used jalousies on that one
window. It's a window between the outside, and partial concrete wall on
a screened in patio. You can still buy jalousie windows, but not in the
height of these windows.
We are selling the house as part of an estate and we will just leave it
the way it is. Putting in two awning windows will cost about $400, and
given the housing market in south Florida it's not worth fixing it
because it will not make the house easier to sell or gain us anything
close to $400 in return. With housing values going down at 2% a month
around there, and competing against all these short sales and
foreclosures, one inoperable window is not going to matter.
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