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Mastering Window Balance Shoe Adjustment: A Professional Guide

Mastering Window Balance Shoe Adjustment: A Professional Guide

The process of adjusting a window balance shoe requires attention to detail and a steady hand. Before beginning, it's important to understand the components involved. The metal cam, located within the t-lock shoe, is the key element that holds the balance in place. By using a flathead screwdriver, you can manipulate the metal cam to release the tension and allow for adjustment.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Identify the T-Lock Shoe Cam:

Begin by locating the cam within the shoe. This is typically found in the lower center of the t-lock shoe.


Prepare the Flathead Screwdriver:

Ensure you have a flathead screwdriver on hand. This tool will be used to manipulate the cam and adjust the t-lock shoe.


Apply Pressure:

Insert the flathead screwdriver into the cam, taking care to apply gentle pressure. It's important to note that there will be tension present, as the cam is responsible for holding the window balance in place.

Twist to the Side:

With a firm grip on the screwdriver, carefully twist it to the side. This motion will release the tension in the cam, allowing for adjustment of the shoe.

Slide the Balance:

Once the tension has been released, you can begin to slide the window balance to the appropriate location. Depending on the design, this may involve moving it up or down in the side of the window to achieve the desired fit.

Check for Screw Mount:

Some balance shoes may have a screw mount that requires additional adjustment. If your shoe includes this feature, be sure to take it into account during the adjustment process.

Safety Precautions:


Always maintain a firm grip on the flathead screwdriver to prevent slippage and potential injury.


Exercise caution when manipulating the cam, as excessive force could damage the t-lock shoe.


Adjusting the t-lock shoes of your window balances is a simple yet essential process for ensuring a comfortable and secure fit. By following the steps outlined in this blog post and exercising caution, you can make professional adjustments to your window balances with ease.

Remember to prioritize safety and attention to detail throughout the process to achieve optimal results. For further assistance, watch the Video Tutorial or Contact Us Today! Window Hardware Direct is here to help.

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