Sash windows - what is this thing?

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mwdelta
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Sash windows - what is this thing?

#1 Post by mwdelta » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:55 pm

My house has large (6ft high by 4 ft wide) double-hung sash windows. They are original (around 100 years old).

In each window there is what seems to be a reinforcement wire running vertically on each sash. It's attached at the top and bottom of the outside of the sash, and there's an adjustment piece in the middle that would allow it to be screwed tighter or looser.

See picture: https://photos.app.goo.gl/CTgzQh4sg9H6DdTj7

So here's what I'm trying to find out.

1. What are these things called, and is there any info on the internet about them. I did a ton of searching and came up with nothing.

2. Is there a more aesthetic way to deal with this rather than an ugly wire running up the center of my beautiful windows?

Thank you for any advice.

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Re: Sash windows - what is this thing?

#2 Post by toddinmn » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:52 pm

Turnbuckle tensioner.
The best way would be to repair the sash. Might need extensive repair or even replacement.

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Re: Sash windows - what is this thing?

#3 Post by Windows on Washington » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:41 am

Haven't seen one of those in forever. Mostly see them on larger screen enclosures rather than older windows.

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