What are these safety devices on my windows?
January 17, 2013 10:14 AM Subscribe
Our Chicago bungalow has double-hung replacement windows on the first floor. On the top sash are little latches
that seem to be designed to flip open as soon as the bottom sash is lifted, preventing the window from opening more than a few inches (either as an anti-burglary or a child-safety measure). The latches seem to be malfunctioning (they spring open when the bottom sash passes them, which doesn't prevent the window from opening but rather from closing) and I want to remove or replace them, but I can't figure out what they're called.
posted by payoto to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I also welcome any ideas for how to fix this problem. The previous owner apparently tried taping them down, but they cut through the tape. I don't even know how the mechanism works to spring them open, so I don't know where to start to fix the issue.