How do you open a stuck window?
April 9, 2008 2:43 PM Subscribe
How do you un-stick a stuck window? We've tried most of the obvious things, and now don't know what to do.
posted by meghanmiller to home & garden (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My partner and I recently moved into a new (to us) house. Our bedroom is in the finished attic, and it has three small windows. Last night was the first time since we moved in that we needed to open those windows.
They were all stuck.
One of them opened after I ran a utility knife around the edge to break the paint seal. The other two, though, are being more resistant. Utility knives were run around the edges, and nothing happened. I tried padding the windowsill and then using the handle of a hammer to lever the windows open, and they didn't budge (though the windows and handles are old enough that the handle loosened right up--not quite the desired effect). We tried squirting a bit of oil down the edge of the frame, over the runners, and nothing.
The windows obviously haven't been opened since the last time the house was painted, and I'm wondering if some of the paint dripped down the sill and is adhering the window to the sill, instead of the frame as all of the how-to-loosen-a-stuck-window guides assume.
We rent the place, but for various reasons would rather not have to call the landlord if we don't have to. That said, we're not afraid of messing up the paint, playing with sharp objects, oils, basic tools, whatever. (And yes, I tried gently hitting the bottom (wood) part of the window with the hammer to loosen it up. No go.)
Surely there's some way to fix this that we're missing, right? Should I just keep going at it with the utility knife and assume that eventually I'll get to a point where it works? Is there some sort of magical spray that we can put on it to loosen things up?