If you are tired of the drooping and sagging of old-style crank out windows, you may want to consider replacing them. The process of replacing a crank can be time-consuming, and cranks can be costly. You can repair your old casement windows for less than the cost of a new window, and you will avoid the delay that can be associated with a replacement. Here are some tips for repair:
First, make sure the crank handle is still in good condition. In case the crank has broken, the handle may spin but not pull in the sash far enough to engage the lock. It may be time to replace the crank mechanism. Replacing a crank system isn’t difficult, but it does require some skill and experience. While finding a replacement crank can be time-consuming, it is worth it if the window is in good condition overall.
If you’re able to remove the operator, it’s easy to replace the crank. To do so, unscrew the screws holding the trim. If the casement cover is nailed or stapled into place, pry it up carefully. Replace the crank with one that matches the old operator. When you replace the operator, you may want to consider replacing the crank arm and the guide track. Then, use locking pliers to release the crank handle from the guide track.