How to replace the sash cord in 6 Steps? 

Sash cord can break for many reasons. The most common is age and wear as many original sash windows are very old.

The sash cord can also snap if the sash gets overloaded or if it’s stretched too tight.

If your sash cord has broken, you’ll need to replace it. You can do this yourself by following step by step guide below.

1. Remove the sash from the window frame.

To replace the sash cord, the first thing you need to do is to remove the sashes from the frame, first, examine the staff bead to see if there is any seal around the outside edge. If so, use a knife to break the seal between the staff bead and the frame.

Then, carefully lever off the staff bead on one of the four sides, making sure not to damage the frame underneath. Repeat this process for the other three sides.

Next, move the lower sash out of the frame enough so that the cord can be unfixed from the frame of the sash unless they are broken.

Tie a knot in the cord to prevent it from falling into the sash box if it is not broken.

Repeat on the other side of the window and remove the lower sash from the frame.

2. Cut the old sash cord at both ends, and remove it from the groove in the frame.

3. Measure and cut a new piece of cord to the same length as the old one.

When making a sash, it is important to cut the cord at the correct height. The cord should be long enough so that when it is pulled tight, the sash will be the correct size.

However, if the cord is too long, it will be difficult to tie and may not look as neat. Here are some tips on how to cut the cord at the correct height:

By following these simple steps, you can be sure that your sash will look neat and professional.

4. Tie a knot in one end of the cord, and thread it through the groove in the sash.

5. Tie another knot in the other end of the cord, and pull it tight so that the sash is balanced.

6. Replace the sash in the frame, and check that it opens and closes smoothly.

Sash Cord Retainer

A sash cord retainer is a device that is used to keep a sash cord in place. It is also known as a cord stop or cord grip. The sash cord retainer is placed at the end of the sash cord and works by holding the cord in place so that it does not come loose. The sash cord retainer is important because it prevents the cord from coming loose and falling out, which can be dangerous.

sash cord retainer
cord stop in sash windows

There are two main types of sash cord retainers: those that are made of metal and those that are made of plastic. Metal sash cord retainers are more durable and can last longer, but they are also more expensive. Plastic sash cord retainers are less expensive.

Check Pulleys as you change cords

When you are changing cords, also think about the pulley system. If the sash window is particularly old, the pulleys may be worn down and in need of replacement. You can tell if they need to be replaced if the window is difficult to open and close, or if the cords jump off of the pulleys when you operate the window. In either case, it’s best to replace the pulleys so that your window operates smoothly again.

pulley sash windows
pulley in sash windows

If you have a sash window that is beginning to show signs of age, it is important to take care of any repairs that are needed as soon as possible. One part of your sash window that may need attention from time to time are the pulleys. The pulleys help support the weight of the sash and also keep the cords in place so that the window opens and closes smoothly.

Waxed or unwaxed sash cords?

Now let’s talk about which sash window cord is better – waxed or unwaxed.

Different people have different opinions on this matter, but as far as we’re concerned, it really comes down to personal preference.

Waxed or unwaxed sash cords

Some people prefer the look of an unwaxed cord, while others find that the waxed cord is easier to work with.

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