This story shows you how to upgrade window hardware and glass.
Installation of the upgrades on these pages is usually quick and easy, but don't take the job lightly. If a handle or lock is installed out of alignment, it is often difficult to move a screw that crucial 1/8 or 1/4 inch to ensure proper engagement. That may mean having to fill screw holes with wood putty followed by sanding and even a bit of touch-up painting.
Brass-plated hardware looks good at first, but it may appear dingy and worn in a few years. Spend a bit more for solid brass or choose nickel or chrome units.
Applying a low-E film to standard window glass will give a window the energy-saving benefits of low-E glass. New decorative glass films can dramatically change the appearance of a window and a room for small outlays of money and time.
Half an hour or less to install most hardware items
Tape measure, awl, drill, hammer, screwdriver, utility knife, squeegee
Careful measuring, drilling pilot holes precisely
Buy new hardware with screw holes that match up with the old holes, or fill, sand, and paint over the old holes.
Hardware usually comes with all needed screws.
Once the glue is dry, drill pilot holes. Install the piece on the upper sash first. To make sure the lock will draw the sashes tightly together, position the lower sash piece and close it halfway; the sashes should be fairly tight. Drill pilot holes and drive screws.