Double hung windows are pretty simple and that’s why I love them and love restoring them, but there are a lot of questions as to the many pieces that make up the anatomy of a double hung window. There are weights and pulleys, parting bead and stops (interior and blind), and mostly there are just a ton of terms for these simple elements that most folks don’t even know.
Did you know that likely what you’ve always called a window sill is not actually a window sill at all? Most people don’t, and I wanted to walk you through all the bits and pieces so you can understand your windows a little bit better. Whether you are planning to restore your windows using one of my books Old Windows Made Easy or Old Windows In-Depth you need to know what is what.
I’ve included diagrams in the books, but what’s better than a guided video tour of a double hung window and how it works? In my shop we built a working unit that we can use for just this purpose as well as for training our new employees. And in the video below I’ll walk you through all the elements and explain how they work and how you can work with them.
Granted this is much easier when your windows aren’t gummed up with decades of paint and caulk, but this will show you how they were supposed to work and, once restored, how they can work again. I hope you enjoy!
If you need help restoring your old wood windows please visit my resource page How To: Restore Old Windows and swing by my store to pick up all the tools and supplies you need to get the job done right! Old windows can almost always be restored to their former glory with a little knowledge and a lot of elbow grease.
Founder & Senior Editor
I love old houses, working with my hands, and teaching others the excitment of doing it yourself! Everything is teachable if you only give it the chance.