How to Measure Block & Tackle Window Balances

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How to measure block and tackle window balances

To measure block and tackle window balances first you measure the depth of the metal channel, the most common depths are 5/8" and 3/8". Then you need to measure the length of the balance. When measuring the length, measure only the metal channel, don't include the plastic guides. If the stamp on your balance is easily visible, you can use that to determine the length. The first part of the stamp is one inch shorter than the physical length of the balance. For instance, if your balance has a stamp of 1440 or 14-4, your balance is 15" long. 

Block and Tackle Channel Depth

Measure the depth of the metal channel. The channel depth is from the opening where the spring is to the back of the balance. This balance has a channel depth of 5/8".

Block and tackle balance width

Measure only the metal channel

Block and Tackle balance length

This balance is 15" long. Please note: If your balance does not measure an exact length, please contact us before placing your order (e.g. 15-5/8")

Block and Tackle Balance Stamp Location

Location of the stamp on two different balances. The stamp may be printed onto or stamped into the metal. Both of these balances are 15". Learn more about block and tackle balance stamps.

Check out our guide on measuring top and bottom guides

We also have a guide on installing block and tackle window balances

If you have a balance and you need help determining the correct replacement, give us a call at 1-800-842-0974contact us, or chat with us and we will be happy to assist you. 


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