AT: LA reader Mary writes:
I'm renting an old craftsman bunglaow from the 1920s with windows that slam shut if you leave them open without some random item wedged in. What is a nice looking, minimally invasive way to safely keep these windows nice and wide open. I've seen people drill a hole in the top and bottom and insert a pin which could work but i'm not that handy. I also have a 2 year old whose fingers could easily get slammed if the window accidently closes or she pushes the wedged item out. Help, It's hot here in Long Beach.
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Hi Mary, We think we have a solution for you but first we took some photos of our own windows to clarify the question that need to be answered first to solve the issue. Our question to you is do your windows have a wheel type looking piece of hardware toward the top like this photo?
These windows have a weighted pulley system inside the window frame, connected with cord pictured below, that should be connected. After years of wear and tear they often break as did in our place and a repair person has to come out and get into the window frame to replace the cord. Often times tenants cut the cord so you may not see that portion of it but the hardware at the top will be the indicator.
We suggest asking the landlord to have them repaired, especially since your situation with the two year old. We think if you frame it in a safety conversation/request they would be more apt to fixing without incident - No landlord wants a lawsuit on their hands when a child is involved.
We also received a great recommendation of a local company that should be able to help you out. We've had two co-workers use them and had great things to say about their work. Let us know how it turns out, landlord and repairs.
Castillo's Sash and Door
3363 Olive Ave
Signal Hill, CA