I'm about to have some sash windows replaced -- including the boxes,
and the joiner has suggested I use springs instead of weights.
Weights will cost me £100 extra per window -- but he reckons they're
not necessarily better than springs.
Anyone have any experience of this. Would you recommend I go with
springs or weights?
P.S. Ensure he does the weights properly. The top sash weights should be
fractionally heavier than the window and the bottom sash weights should be
fractionally lighter. This encourages the windows to close rather than open
in the event of being rattled by passing traffic. Don't overdo it, or they
won't stay open at all!
Springs are short lived and don't work as well as weights.
Weights often available from scrappers - 50p to £1 each is reasonable.
Buy over size and cut to correct weight . Or you can cast your own
from scrap lead, in a sand mould. New are v expensive but still better
value than springs.
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Depending upon how many windows you're having, this could be an
I bought eight hardwood sliding sashes a few years ago and I went for
the spirals. Once you've got them set they are no trouble at all and,
should it be necessary (painting/varnishing and movement alters
things), you can adjust them.
If you do go for them (springs) make sure your joiner opens out the
retaining gizmo on the sash. He just needs to put a flat screwdrive
into it and prise it open slightly. If you don't do this then getting
the retainng hook back in place after adjustment is a nightmare. He'll
know what you mean if you ask him.
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