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How to Determine the Length of a Window Balance from Sash Height

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How to Determine the Length of a Window Balance from Sash Height

In this post, we discuss how to measure your sash to determine the length of your window balance. Normally, you would use the old window balance to determine the length of your replacement balance. But what if you no longer have the original balance? The process is very simple and requires no tools other than a tape measure! Continue reading to learn how. Spiral Window Balance To determine the length of your spiral window balance without the balance in your hand is very simple and can be done with nothing more than a tape measure. First, you are going to...

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What Does the Stamp on a Block and Tackle Window Balance Mean

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What Does the Stamp on a Block and Tackle Window Balance Mean

The stamp on a block and tackle window balance is a key identifying feature on each balance. The numbers on the stamp will tell you the balance series, the balance length and the balance weight range. Continue reading to learn how you can determine the correct replacement window balance you need. Determining the Series To determine what series balance you have, you need to look at how the stamp is placed on the balance. If the stamp is laser printed onto the balance, that is our 300 Series Balance, if it is engraved, then that is our 400 Series Balance.  Determining Length One...

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How to Select Block and Tackle Balance Top and Bottom Guides

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How to Select Block and Tackle Balance Top and Bottom Guides
This guide will go over how to select top and bottom guides for block and tackle style window balances, such as our 300 series and 400 series balances

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How to Measure Block & Tackle Window Balances

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How to Measure Block & Tackle Window Balances

To measure block and tackle window balances first you measure the depth of the metal channel, the most common widths 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. Please note: If your...

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How to Replace Block and Tackle Window Balances

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How to Replace Block and Tackle Window Balances
The process for replacing a block and tackle type window balance in a double-hung window is easy. Follow these simple steps and your window will be working smoothly in no time. 

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