Repairing Casement Windows

This story shows you how to repair a casement window.

Intro

Casement windows are usually made of wood or metal. The sash is attached to the frame with a hinge. A cranking mechanism called an operator attaches, via an arm, to a channel on the underside of the sash. Once the sash is closed, a latch grabs it and tightens it against the frame.

If a casement is difficult to operate, the solution is often as simple as cleaning and lubricating the gears in the operator or the other moving metal parts. If metal parts are broken, they must be replaced.

If the operator and lock work fine but the window is difficult to close, you may need to scrape and sand away caked paint. If bare wood is binding, then the sash should be planed to make it fit correctly.

Finding replacement parts can be difficult. If you can find the make and model of the unit, you may be able to contact the manufacturer or an online parts supply source to obtain the parts you need.

Prestart Checklist

Time
1 or 2 hours for most repairs

Tools
Screwdriver, wire brush

Skills
Minor mechanical skills

Prep
Place a drop cloth on the floor near the window.

Materials
Replacement parts as needed, grease or spray lubricant, cloths for cleaning, an old toothbrush

Step 1

Remove the operator arm. To get at the arm, you may need to pry off a wooden stop. The operator arm shown disengages by means of a clip. Other types require you to slide the operator arm along the channel until it reaches the access slot. Then you push the arm down and pull it out.

Step 2

Wire-brush away any rust and clean the arm with mineral spirits or other solvent. Apply lubricant to the joints.

Step 3

Clean the gears with solvent and a toothbrush, then wipe with a rag. Slowly turn the crank to see that the gears mesh. If you see broken parts, replace the operator. Otherwise, apply grease, replace the cover, and test.

Step 4

If the crank assembly still won't work, remove the mounting screws, slide it out, and buy an exact replacement.


Comments (2)
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adventist54 wrote:

only prob with what is shown here as far as repairing my casement apt window is that they only show the newer models which dont help me so much...sighhhhh

7/30/2012 04:09:10 PM Report Abuse
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