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How to Remove a Double Hung Window


5 Easy Steps & 4 Minutes – You’ve Got This!

Need to do some repair on an old double hung window? No need to be intimidated.

Steve Quillian, founder of the historic wood window repair company, Wood Window Makeover (also known by some as the Window Nerd), shows us how to do it in under 4 minutes!

I don’t know about you, but taking a double hung window out in under four minutes is pretty impressive. This how-to article and video is for the homeowner and the historic window contractor who want to learn some new tricks from an old pro!

We’ve outlined the steps below. Be sure to take 4 minutes and watch the video!


You’ll need these 3 tools:

  • Flat bar (small crowbar will work) with a flattened and sharpened end. Steve uses a file to keep it sharp.
  • Nail puller pliers
  • Duckbill vice grips


How-to Remove Your Old Window:

Step One: Remove the Window Stops

Using your crowbar, begin prying the window stops off from the inside – not the outside. Pry it loose, then work your way up and down until it pops off. Repeat the steps on the other side.



Step Two: Remove the Nails from the Window Stops

Using your nail pullers, remove the nails from the window stop.



Step Three: Cut the Sash Cords and Remove Lower Sash

With the sharpened, flat end of your bar tool, give the sash rope a good jab. This will quickly cut the ropes.



Step Four: Remove the Sash Parting Stops and Cut the Cords

Use your handy bar tool to pry loose the parting stops. Lower the sash and cut the sash cords.



Step Five: Remove the Upper Sash

Lift the sash out of the window. That’s it! You’re done!



Learn How to Restore Historic Wood Windows

Want to learn how to restore a historic wood window? Steve Quillian, of Wood Window Makeover, will teach everything you need to in a 1 day workshop.

On the first Friday of every month, we open our shop to the public, for free, to help contractors, homeowners and handy-people learn how to restore a double hung window.

It’s even free! You’ll learn:

  • The parts of a historic wood window
  • How to repair an old window so that it works again
  • Sash and frame restoration basics
  • How to remove and install the glass
  • How to order, fit and install Lifetime Sash from Wood Window Makeover
  • Have a lot of fun with our Army of Artisans
  • And a whole lot more!

Workshop Details:

Where: Wood Window Makeover  •  1706 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 33606

When: The First Friday of Every Month • 9AM – 4PM

Cost: Complimentary

Questions? Call us (813) 404-6498

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