On the verge of a hernia trying to open that window that's stuck shut? Stop -- there's an easier way!
If you live in an older home, chances are your window frames have begun to warp as a result of changes in moisture and pressure over time. The result: windows that jam when you try to open them.
Another potential cause? Perhaps your paint job last summer has created a sticky situation. Always be sure your paint has fully dried before shutting any windows or doors.
The good news: getting that stuck window to glide smoothly on its tracks is a breeze. Here's what to do:
1. Check to be sure window is unlocked (I know, I know, but it must be said!).
2. Place the blade of a stiff metal putty knife
into the joint where the window meets the window sill. If the blade doesn't easily fit into the joint, there may be a paint seal. Be sure to tap the handle lightly, rather than forcing it down into the crack.
3. If the metal putty life doesn't unstick the window, try a small pry bar
4. Once the window is unsealed, check the tracks in the window sash. Clean out excess paint with your putty knife or a paint scraper. If necessary, carefully use a hammer and chisel to remove any built up paint that may be obstructing the tracks.
5. Wipe off or vacuum dust or any other foreign materials that may have caused the window to stick. When cleaning out the track, be sure to avoid gouging the wood
Easy enough, right? To prevent future sticks, I'd recommend applying a lightweight lubricant on the track, such as Ultra Glide
If your window is warped beyond repair, it may be time to consider replacing it. Click here to learn all about energy efficient replacement windows.