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Question DetailsAsked on 4/4/2018

casement widow won't close all the way, it seems to be binding in the top corner. who can fix it?

it was working fine, we think the wind caught it and its misaligned now.

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check with the original inststallation contractor and or the manufacturer.

Answered 2 years ago by the new window man


I would check first that the hinge mounting screws are all tight - may have sjeared off or loosened up and letting the window droop, or maybe the wind bent the operating rod / bar so it is forcing the window up as it closes. Try removing the operating rod (usually just a slip-back catch at the end latching over a pin) and see if the window swings smoothly and evenly.

Could also have bent or swaged the mounting screws in the screw holes, allowing one of the hinge plates to move out of position a bit. Might be just putting a matchstick or similar piece of wood into the screw holes and reinsterting the screws on the correct side of the stick (to bias the screw location slightly to the side of the hole needed to force the plate back into position) to take up the slack will solve it.

Planing/sanding the top edge of the window (avoid damaging the weatherstripping) where it is dragging would also commonly fix this, BUT might mean the weatherstrip seal would not properly seal there and, because the window is apparently out of alignment, would mean the weatherstirpping would not seal correctly elsewhere around the window (probably at the bottom outside corner), so not as desirable solution.

Also - open the window and look (may take a mirror for part of it) inspect the corners to see if maybe it banged around enough that the window started coming apart at the corner joints - rare but can happen, but usually only with a window that has been free-banging, not one held open in the wind by a control or operating rod or bar.

As NewWindowMan says, a Window contractor can fix this - though these days many have a $150-250 minimum service call charge. A good Handyman, if you know one with skills and patience, can also commonly fix this.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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