With this week’s 100-plus days in Sacramento, we thought we’d share some insights on energy efficient windows and the benefits of installing Low-E dual pane windows in your home.
For this project you’ll need safety glasses, gloves, a putty knife, and a tape measure.
The first thing to do is remove the window screens. Some screens you can remove by just pulling the sides, others will have a tab to pull on. Using a standard tape measure, measure the width of the screen first. To do this measure the outside edge of the window screen frame. If your screen has a lip around the edge, then measure the body of the frame, not from the edge of the lip. Measure to the nearest 1/16 inch. Make sure and measure at the corners as the middle may be slightly bowed. Repeat this process for the height of the window. If your window screen has a middle crossbar, then measure from the bottom of the screen to the center of the crossbar. Note any pull tabs, springs, clips, or other hardware locations. Finally, identify the type of mesh: [Read more…]
Learn how to remove and reinsert a double hung sash on a Milgard window by watching this video demo and following the steps outlined below.
For this project you’ll need safety glasses and gloves.
To remove lower sash begin by opening the sash by lifting up on the handle or turning spoon, depending on the window series. If there is a window opening control device, disable it. Slide the sash up four inches. Press both tilt latch buttons on top of the sash until they click. Rotate the sash towards the inside of home until it’s perpendicular to the wall. Lift up on one side two inches, then lift up on the other sides two inches. Make sure pivot bars are not connected to balance shoe. Lift one side to rotate sash out of frame.
To remove the upper sash, make sure the lower sash is removed first. Then slide the upper sash down until approximately six inches higher than the window sill. Next press both tilt latch buttons on top of sash until they click. Rotate the sash towards the inside of home until it is perpendicular to the wall. Then lift up on one side two inches and repeat on other side. Make sure pivot bars are not connected to balance shoe. Lift to one side to rotate sash out of frame.
To re-install the sashes, begin with the upper sash first. Hold upper sash perpendicular to wall, then place one pivot bar, found on the bottom corner of the window, into the outer balance shoe. Then put the pivot bar on the other side of the window into the ALF balance shoe. Make sure pivot bars are fully seated into shoes. Damage will result to the window if bars are not fully seated. Once you feel both pivot bars are in the balance shoes, give a little tap. Rotate sash upward, making sure one side doesn’t drop. Then push the sash until it contacts the frame fully to engage the tilt latches. Make sure sash is inserted correctly by trying to pull away from frame. It will not pull away from the frame if tilt latches are engaged correctly. If tilt latches aren’t engaged correctly then the sash will pull away from the frame. If this is the case, push the sash against the frame again until the latches engage. Slide sash up and down to check full range of motion. Replacement of upper sash is now complete.
To replace lower sash, begin by holding lower sash perpendicular to wall. Place one pivot bar into one inner balance shoe. The place the pivot bar on the opposite side into the balance bar. Make sure pivot bars are fully seated in shoes. Damage will result to the window if bars are not fully seated. Once you feel that both pivot bars are in the balance shoes, give a little tap. Rotate sash upwards, make sure one side does not drop. Push into frame fully and ensure tilt latches are fully engaged by giving a slight tug forward. If tilt latches are fully engaged the sash won’t pull away from the frame. If tilt latch is not working, try pushing it against the frame again. If it still doesn’t work, the tilt latch needs servicing. Slide the sash up and down to check full range of motion. Check operation of handle or spoon. If the hardware doesn’t engage then make sure the upper sash is all the way up and the lower sash is all the way down. Replacement of lower sash is now complete.
A mortise latch allows a door to be easily opened and closed with a door handle. Learn how to change the direction of the mortice latch on a Milgard swing-type French Door.
For this project you will need: a Phillips head screwdriver, safety glasses, and gloves.
Warning: Do not use any power tools to adjust hinges.
To change the direction of the mortise latch, especially if accidentally rotated, first locate the mortise latch. Open the door panel, locate the strike pin, which is right below the latch, then compress and hold the strike pin. Then pull the handle up. You should see the lock activate. At this point pull the latch out and rotate to the correct position. Check to make sure the latch is correct by pushing down on the handle to de-activate the lock, then closing the door and rotate the handles up until it stops. Then rotate the lower thumb turn to activate lock. To unlock the Milgard French door, first rotate the lower thumb turn to unlock. Then rotate the handle down fully to disengage all locking parts.
For this project you will need safety glasses, gloves, a flathead screwdriver, silicone spray, and paper towels. Open sash completely then remove the sash by pushing the tilt buttons located on the top of both sides of the sash. Tilt top out, then lift out of track. On the bottom of your window, there are two assemblies containing vinyl wheels. Each assembly has two positions for each wheel. Using a flathead screwdriver, remove the wheel by snapping it out of the wheel casing. Raise or lower the wheel to the desired height and snap them back into place. Once the wheels are snapped back into place, clean your rollers. Make sure the wheels roll back and forth and there is not dirt or debris in them. Spray your wheels with a small amount of silicone spray. Take a paper towel and wipe down the rollers to ensure there is no excess silicone. Next you will reinsert the sash back into the frame. Make sure base of the sash is in the frame, then press top into frame, you should hear a click. When reinserting, if plastic tabs on top are released or in the up position and not depressed into the window the sash won’t insert into the frame. To reset the tabs into the sash, click the tilt buttons again, you should see the tabs depress at this point. Finally check that window operates smoothly.