How To Fix Stuck Windows and Doors in Minutes

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How To Fix Stuck Windows and Doors  in Minutes

There are usually two reasons why your windows won’t open.  The most common reason is because it’s hot outside and the wood surrounding the window has swelled.  The second most common reason is because there is a build-up of paint, or an overlapping of paint, between the part of the window that slides and the window frame.  Don’t worry, there are easy fixes for both of these situations. How to fix stuck windows and doors in minutes.

First, before you start using either of these two methods, make sure your window is unlocked.  Sometimes window locks are not easily recognised and could be causing the problem. Search around the window area for any sign of a lock or bolt that may prevent the window from opening.

Before You Start

Safety is the most important aspect of any do-it-yourself job.  For this project, it is essential that you are wearing following items before you proceed with your project.

1. Leather gloves

2. Eye protection

Depending upon how easily accessible the window is, you may need a ladder.  If you do use a ladder, make sure that it is fully open and locked, as well as all four legs are on a solid, even surface.  To take safety a step further, it is always a good idea to have someone steady the ladder while you are on it.

Tools Needed

1. Stiff putty knife or wallpaper scraper

2. WD-40 or another lubricant

3. Hammer

4. Flat Head Screwdriver

Start Your Project

Solution 1:

1. Using the edge of the putty knife, place it on the edge of where the window frame meets the window sash.Next, having the putty knife firmly in place, gently tap the end of the knife with a hammer.

2. Next, having the putty knife firmly in place, gently tap the end of the knife with a hammer.Repeat the process, moving the putty knife along the edge of where the window sash meets the window frame.

3. Repeat the process, moving the putty knife along the edge of where the window sash meets the window frame.

4. It is important that you use this method on both sides of the window frame and sash. Additionally, you may need to also use this method at the top of the window where the lower window sash meets the upper window sash. Additionally, you may need to also use this method at the top of the window where the lower window sash meets the upper

5. Using WD-40 or similar product, spray the lubricant along all edges you have been working on.

6. Using a little bit of muscle power, the window should open.

Solution 2:

1. Locate the wood trim that covers the window frame and overlaps the window sash;
depending upon the type of window, this may be a wide piece of wood or a thin one.Using your hammer and flat head screwdriver, gently tap the head of the screwdriver between the trim and the window frame and pry it loose.

2. Using your hammer and flat head screwdriver, gently tap the head of the screwdriver between the trim and the window frame and pry it loose.Continue prying off the wood trim along the entire length of the window frame until it is completely loose and can be removed.  If you

3. Continue prying off the wood trim along the entire length of the window frame until it is completely loose and can be removed.  If you recognise nail heads that are coming up as you pry the trim, use your hammer to remove them.Next, using WD-40, spray the lubricant along all sliding edges of the window sash.

4. Next, using WD-40, spray the lubricant along all sliding edges of the window sash.Attempt to open the window.  If you are unable, look for any paint that may be keeping the window sash attached to the window frame. Use a putty knife and hammer to gently remove the sealed areas.  See Solution 1 above.

5. Attempt to open the window.  If you are unable, look for any paint that may be keeping the window sash attached to the window frame. Use a putty knife and hammer to gently remove the sealed areas.  See Solution 1 above.Replace the wood trim.

6. Replace the wood trim.Note:  If these solutions are not successful in helping you open your window, there may be additional problems with the window and frame.  It may be advisable to contact a professional window contractor to take a look at your situation.

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