DIY - Windows
and Sliding Windows
| Most homes you live in will feature
aluminium sliding windows, which are extremely common
and single-glazed. Most give reliable service for many
years, but older ones may require attention.
|How to fix ones that don't slide or have come
off their track.
These will doubtless be aluminium with runners
and rails on the bottom (See picture). There are
two common problems:
1. Window will not slide
2. Window is off its track
The answer to both is very similar, and what you
need to understand is that these windows follow
the bottom runner, a raised rail in the molding.
To remove the windows you simply lift them into
the top, where there is space to clear the bottom
To set a window back on track, simply position it centrally
and holding both sides - lift it up and back into position.
If the windows won't slide, then you are going to have
to take them out and free them. Set the windows so they
are both in the middle, allowing you to grasp both ends
of each. Lift up the outside pane, allowing it to clear
the outside captor rail, and rest on the windowsill.
You may, or may not, be able to release the top from
This done, grasp the window nearest to you and lift
up and outwards. This time the window will clear the
top cowl, allowing you to bring it into the room. Be
careful this does not release the outside window also.
Spray with WD40 and work with pliers as necessary, protecting
the runner with a rag to avoid harming the surface.The
problem is probably a build-up of aluminium oxide, so
keep working the wheels until they turn freely. Once
turning freely again, clean the runners of the window
completely, removing all debris. Re-fit in reverse order.
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