How to Close a Window with a Broken Crank? (Find Out!)
Everyone loves the freedom to open and close their windows as they wish. But like any other home product, the window opening and closing mechanism can break, making it hard for you to open or close it. You can’t imagine how inconvenient it can be not to open your windows to get the cool breeze or close it properly at night.
Windows that come with a crank mechanism, also known as casement, have a spline that can wear off over time, making it hard to close the window. The crank mechanism is usually held in place with a single screw. If the handle has fallen off, check to see if there is a nut or other fastener holding it together. Even if you cannot find anything, you can still reassemble it and close the window yourself.
This article outlines everything you need to know about repairing and closing a window with a broken crank.
How to Close a Window with Broken Crank?
To close a window with a broken crank, you will need a drill, a screwdriver, and a new handle.
1. Open the Window
Before you begin, ensure the window is open. If it’s already closed, open it fully to ensure you have enough space to move around when replacing the handle. Place the screws in separate saucers so you will not lose them during disassembly.
2. Remove the Broken Part of the Crank
You need to locate and remove the old and broken crank before you proceed. Use a screwdriver to remove the screw that holds it together. This may require some twisting and prying to remove the broken parts from their fasteners.
3. Drill a Pilot Hole
You will need to drill a pilot hole where you want the screw to go through because this method works better than using a screwdriver all the time. Make sure your drill bit size matches that of the screw. The hole is where you are going to place your new handle. Don’t drill too deep, or it will damage the window frame. Instead, stop drilling when the screwdriver begins to scrape against metal.
4. Insert the Replacement Handle
You can now insert the replacement part, ensuring it’s still secure with screws on the other end to hold it together. Put in screws through the holes without tightening them all way until they are aligned with the holes of the new handle. Tighten it slightly to keep everything in place before you reassemble. Once they are aligned, tighten them using a screwdriver and your fingers.
5. Verify if all Parts are in Place
Verify that the handle and the screws are in place and fastened correctly. Check if it’s working properly before placing all parts together and putting back the screw. Your broken window crank might work again. Test your window to ensure it opens and closes properly. If everything is alright, reattach the lock or fastener that holds in place the crank mechanism together.
6. Place the Cover Plate if Your Window has one
If your window has a cover plate, you should replace it to conceal any exposed holes left behind by the old handle. Use your screwdriver to reattach it after you are done testing the window.
7. Take out any Screws Holding up the Window
You can now remove any screws that hold up the window once tested to ensure all parts are working properly. Re-adjust them if they are not, so they line up with other screws. Once done, you can close the window by turning the handle clockwise until it closes fully.
How to Prevent This from Happening Again
Use Window Treatment
To prevent this from happening again, use a window treatment that will hold the window in place. Many types of window treatments allow you to open and close your window without using the crank mechanism. Awnings, for example, come with a pulley system that opens and closes the window with ease. Another type of window closing device is called spring tensioner, which reduces strain caused by the weight of the window pane
If you do not have a crank mechanism, you can purchase an add-on that will hold your window open. These add-ons are typically made of plastic and rubber that fit tightly in the window frame without adding too much weight. They come in various shapes and sizes to fit most windows. If you’re worried about security, some models come with a lock for added protection.
If your window frame has visible damages and cannot be used anymore, consider replacing it instead of adding any device to it.
Ensure Proper Maintenance
You need to check your windows for any damages regularly. If you live in a place with harsh weather conditions, this damage will happen faster than normal. Look out for your window’s safety and make sure it is fully functional before using it. Also, change the locks every now and then to prevent break-ins through windows.
Don’t forget to repair handles and crank operators so you prevent any problems that can cause unnecessary inconveniences. Check the glass before closing your window to ensure it is not cracked or broken. If you have handles that are difficult to turn, take them apart and find out what’s causing the problem so you can fix it right away.
Check for any damages, use protective mechanisms to prevent break-ins, and ensure that the window is fully functional before use.
Broken window cranks can be easily replaced if you follow the right method. Using your hands instead of a screwdriver can save you time and provide better results. For optimal functionality, always keep an eye on your windows for any visible signs of damage or wear. You should also routinely check locks to prevent break-ins through windows.