Forum Title: How can I tell if my window needs replacing?
I have an old casement window. The handle to open the window is a little busted up and the wood around the edges looks a little worn. Given the high cost of windows and installation, I definitely would like to keep the window if possible. How can I tell if my window needs replacing? And if I do keep it, how can I spruce up things a little bit to make it look new?
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: WILLIE ROGERS (Thousand Oaks, CA), 01/28/2019

Take a kitchen case knife and insert it in the area between the screen and frame on the side where the tabs were and pry it towards the middle until it clears the frame. It should pop out easily.

- SYLVIA HARPER (Asheville, NC), 03/06/2019

I think the window seals ok, but I am not sure. The window is from a rental unit that I have been renting out to a college student. There appears to be peeling paint on the interior window trim, but it didn't look like there was any wood rot. I could be wrong though. I don't really know if the peeling paint is from a leak or if the renter left the window open too many times while it was raining. College kids are really dumb these days. How can I be sure that the window is sealing ok? And as far as aesthetics, I just need some wood filler, and paint, correct? Should I buy new trim? I am afraid I am going to screw something up with the handle too.

- ALLEN GARZA (Maple Grove, MN), 02/24/2019

I'm not real familiar with how to seal test a window, I think you can use a candle and see if there is air movement at the flame, I think incense [smoke] can also be used. If you post a pic or two, we might be better able to advise you as to the best way to dress up the window.

- CLARENCE RUSSELL (Baltimore, MD), 02/04/2019

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