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Question DetailsAsked on 10/2/2016

I have a house built in 1950. Who can replace the cranks for the casement windows?

I will not pollute the environment by throwing out perfectly good mid-century casement windows and buying newly manufactured ones. I only need the cranks replaced. I need to locate the right parts and install them. Can someone in Fresno, CA help me?

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it will be real hard to find the parts and or some with the skill to do it if you do try for the repair route. But what really prompted me to answer your question is how you are polluting the enviorment with those antiquated inefficent windows. If you use air conditioning and or if you use heating you are using much more of it with single pane, metal frames windows.?And if you do consider replacing them you can choose a contractor who uses post sorting for disposal of glass and metal.

Answered 2 years ago by the new window man

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Common sources - though while there may be some such place in Fresno or Bakersfield, might have to be looking in Sacramento, Frisco, LA areas for larger places with significant stocks. I know there are several such warehouse-sized places in central LA, West LA, Hollywood/Burbank, Frisco.


1) Many common brands at Home Depot, Lowes - of course, take old hardware with you to match it up


2) Single-strore used fixture and hardware and similar online sources of refurbished/reclaimed hardware (sometimes have stores in major cities also). You can google for antique or period hardware to find companies (mostly online) who sell this sort of older hardware -

- houseofantiquehardware.com

- charlestonhardware.com

- historichouseparts.com

- wmjrigby.com

- restorationhardware.com (though I hear they are getting out of the refurbished hardware biusiness and trying to become the MarthaStewart of home furnishings collections, so don't know if they still stock the massive quantity of old hardware they used to

- and of course eBay and such


3) check on the web for companies like Hardware Specialties - many such companies who carry specialty hardware for windows, doors, craft projects, including in many cases replica or reproduction hardware to match older houses.


4) ask around at local window and door specialty distributors to see who in your area carries this sort of thing - commonly there is an antique lighting, doors, and windows place in larger cities that both buys and sells old fixtures and doors/windows and hardware and commonly does window/door rehab as well.


5) ask at local antique furniture shops - they commonly would know who deals with antique and period hardware locally


6) one other sopurce - window manufacturers like Hurd who still make old- wood casement windows - commonly their hardware for current windows can be pretty readily retrofitted to older windows using same type opening mechanism, though you might have to buy one set and try it out to see if it will work before buying for the entire house of windows.

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One other thing - unless someone got overly energetic or cracked the handle offmoving furniture around, rarely do the operators or handles break - most commonly the problem is lack of lubrication, lubrication with oil (as opposed to dry graphite) having build up a thick layer of oily dirt, or the wood having swollen to make the window fit too tightly. Usually disassembling the hardware and cleaning it well and then reinstalling with dry graphite powder lubrication, or sanding/planing the window a bit for better fit will solve the problem.


Another common error - finishing the mating surfaces where the window meets the frame with anything other than paste wax or beeswax. Many people paint or stain the mating surfaces, which then stick. Sometimes silicone spray lubricant will keep that from happening, though sometimes makes a gummy mess depending on whether the spray dissdolves the finish or not

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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