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Question DetailsAsked on 12/8/2016

A casement window is in perfect condition but sags slightly from the hinge side and won't lock. Repair company?

Widow is about 5 ft tall by 2ft wide.

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DIY ? Likely just be the screws in the hinges need tightening. If they won't bite and hold, take out one at a time, put a wood matchstick (without the combustible head) or even rolled up scrap of paper in the hole to take up space, and put the screw back in, then move onto the next one.

Also, make sure the latch block (the housing that the latch mechanism is in) is securely screwed tight to the frame as well - both the pieces on window and on the frame.

If the hinges are tight to the frame, then the frame is distorted - while a Window contractor is best suited to do this they commonly will not come out for one minor window issue - or chagrge a $250 minimum charge - so if unable to find a window guy to do it, Handyman would be your next Search the List category. Solution would be to remove stop trim and put in new screws there to snug the frame into alignment, then replace stop strip. If that will not pull it tight enough to align right, then possibly remove inside perimeter trim and cut away the shims on that side to free up space in the gap between window frame and rough opening framing, then do above. (Reason for removing the stop strip is so the screws don't show when done).

Anotehr solution which will work but results in an out-of-square window unit is taking the casement (moving) unit out and plane/sand it to fit - but for every tight spot madeto fit that way, that means there is a corresponding gap-fit elsewhere on the window (commonly catty-corner to where it is being planed), so that can ruin the airtightness. Plus of course depending on where planed, can damage weatherstripping also.

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