How to Keep House Windows From Sticking


Many a careless painter has painted windows completely shut or just enough around the edges to cause them to stick. You may end up dealing with a window that remains stuck or sticks when you are trying to open it. With just a few simple tools, you can release stuck windows and prepare them for easier opening next time.

Things You'll Need

  • Claw hammer or mallet
  • 2-inch flat chisel
  • 3-inch putty knife
  • Hatchet
  • 6-inch piece of 2x4
  • Wax
  • Soap
  • Silicone
  • Spray lubricant
  • Wedge a chisel between the sash and the frame and gently and slowly chip away at any paint. Check the outside of the window for accumulated paint and do the same.

  • Pry the bottom of the sash with a chisel and a hammer from the outside if the window is stuck shut. Place the hatchet under the sash and hammer with the mallet. Continue prying. Try placing a 2x4 block on the frame and hit it with a hammer; the block protects the window. This process should pry the stuck window open.

  • Rub the tracks of the window with wax, soap or silicone or apply a spray lubricant, once the window is open.

  • Repeat the process of prying the sash open with the upper sash. Once open, rub the tracks on the upper sash with wax, soap or silicone or apply a spray lubricant.

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