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I'm looking to have a casement window replaced in one room and new sash cords for a sash window in another. Any recommendations would be great.

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Thank you Hugh, will do. 

Hi Naomi I'm looking to get sash window cords replaced. Please can you let me know who you used in the end. Would you recommend them ? Thanks Jeremy 

I should have added, If you’re tempted to do it yourself, it’s one of those jobs that’s laughingly simple to do once you’ve seen it done. I’m sure there are numerous YouTube videos that will show you how to do it. Essentially it’s a matter of getting into the sash box, getting the cords off the existing window (they’re just nailed on), tying a new cord to the existing sash weight and then tacking that back onto the window.

Thanks Hugh - good point.

Not that simple... Taking off the staff and parting bead takes skilll otherwise you damage / break both - roughly a 10 each.

Where the staff bead has been painted in over decades, when you remove it the paint will crack unless you know what youre doing. If you paint over it, it will look terrible no matter what you do. So you'll need to sand it for ever to fade out the ugly cracks. A pro wouldn't have this problem.

Getting the cord down can be tricky and very dirty. You risk dirtying the cord and ruining your job. Plus of course you should do both sides or it looks crap.  If you remove the pulley you risk rounding the screw and usually the rebate will be knackered so advisable not to do this. 

Finally you risk droppibg your window trying to juggle it as you get the cord back on. Its heavy and awkward. If it double glazed DONT DO IT. You'll drop it for sure and damage the sash.... Double glazed sash is twice as heavy. You may also need a different cord to take the weight not just the one fron bnq. 

As for hammering and glass? Its your window so good luck. Old glass was much thinner and brittle. 

If you are retired / a person of leisure who has 3+ days to waste then yes go for it. Otherwise its gonna cost you far more than a pro. 

It's a pain, but I managed it with no particular learning or DIY skill.

For the parting beads, I accepted they'd break and just bought new ones - easy enough to get from any timber merchant. (Take a bit of the old one with you so you can make sure you get the right size). All I'm saying is that the job is very possible for DIY and will be satisfying for some people, but of course you, like any DIY job, you need to take care and use some common sense. You also need to have the time. If you don't have the time and confidence to try, but have money to spare, then of course a tradesman is the way to go.

For, lifting windows in and out and removing and putting back the cords, yes, you'll need a second person. 

I'm talking about original Victorian windows, not double-glazed replacements. It may also be possible with them, but I have no experience. So, I have no opinion to offer on that job. 



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