Sash Windows Guide

What Tools You Need When Repairing Sash Windows

What Tools You Need When Repairing Sash Windows

If you attempt to repair or maintain your sash windows with only a few basic tools, you’ll end up causing more problems than you started with.

It is always recommended to use the correct tool for the job!

This list is not comprehensive, but gives a quick overview:

Tape measure

Obviously a good quality tape measure is required to get accurate measurements. Always measure twice! Link: Amazon.com ~ Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Router

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

 

 

Circular Saw

Of course this won’t be needed for all repair jobs on sash windows. But a good quality circular saw is very useful when you need it.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

 

 

Putty Knife

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

 

 

Hammer

Everyone should have at least one hammer in their tool kit!

  • Also be sure to have both a heavier hammer and a lightweight one

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Electric Sander

Gone are the days of heavy duty sanding by hand. Of course, also make sure you have sand paper (glass paper) in various grit sizes (from 40 – very coarse to 60 – very fine).

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Nails

Always handy and useful to have nails (in various sizes) to hand.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Sash Cord

If you are going to be replacing the sash cord in windows, then you will obviously need some sash cord. It isn’t expensive, but you should make sure it is high quality cord that will last many years.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Awl

You can use a scratch awl, especially when dealing with rotten or damaged wood to inspect the quality of it.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Mouse (weight)

This is covered in more detail here. But a mouse is used for connecting cord through gaps.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Wood Chisels

As traditional sash windows are made of wood, obviously you will come across a time when you’ll need some wood chisels.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Cordless Drill (and drill bits)

A cordless drill, plus charged up spare batteries are essential for any toolbox!

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

Screwdrivers

A range of screwdrivers are another essential part of any toolbox.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

Needle-nose pliers

Useful for pulling apart things, or grabbing small metal things. Get these, keep them in your toolbox and you’ll always find uses for them.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

Rebate plane

The rebate plane (also called a rabbet plane) is a hand plane designed for cutting rabbets in wood.

It’s a simple tool that has been in use for hundreds of years. It was in use in England at least as early as the 11th century.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

Glass Suction Cups

Depending on what you get up to on your sash window repairs, these might be crucial or not used at all. If you intend on removing or replacing glass then they should be in your toolbox!

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

Window Deglazing Tool

Use this to cut through dried on paint, caulk or other material that is stuck to the window sash

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

Block Planes

A block plane is a small woodworking hand plane which typically has the blade bedded at a lower angle than other planes, with the bevel up. It is designed to cut end grain and is typically small enough to be used with one hand.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

Spring Clamps

Spring clamps have many useful uses, including holding things in place when drying.

Find them on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

 

Dust Sheets


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