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Restoring Sash Windows - Anatomy Of A Sash Window

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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2007

Mighton's Mike Derham shows us the component parts of a sash (double hung) window.

Male Speaker 1: It's a window, Mike, that much I do know. But what makes it a sash window?

Male Speaker 2: What makes it as sash window are these two parts, the top sash and the bottom sash and they both move vertically, up and down. And then made up of the bottom rail, the meeting rails, and this is the top rail. These are sash styles.

Male Speaker 1: Okay, so we need to move them up and down and I guess we need to keep them separate as well. Let's have a look at the up and down a bit first.

Male Speaker 2: Okay. Well, this is the sash cord that's attached to a weight that's running up and down the side, a channel behind the plaster here. This is the sash pulley and the sash cord is attached to the back over the sash here. These are the sash lifts to help you open the window and this is the sash fastener.

Male Speaker 1: Okay. And when we're moving them up and down, of course, we need to stop from falling out and banging against each other so we've got some other parts as well.

Male Speaker 2: Yeah. We've got two beads here. This is called a staff bead or stop bead. This stops the bottom sash coming up and here's the parting bead which separates the two sashes.

Male Speaker 1: Okay. Well, those are the constituent parts. Let's start to take in this sash window out.

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