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Vinyl windows that won't close

Oh great and powerful internet, can you help me? I cannot find the answer to my question anywhere.

Most of the windows in our house have vinyl frames, and the lower pane can be swiveled in for easy cleaning (why this is necessary in a one-floor house, I'm not sure). During the summer, we opened most of these windows to keep the house cooler at night. When the weather turned cold, we began to close windows, and when it got cold enough to turn the heat on, we checked all the windows to make sure they were latched.

Well, two of our windows won't close far enough to latch. I don't know why this is, if they were simply installed poorly, or what. But one of these two has a serious draft coming through. We've covered it with plastic for this winter, but would like to fix the problem in a more permanent fashion.

Should I simply be looking in the phone book for window repair/replacement? I feel like this should be a simple problem, but I can't find an answer anywhere - other than the possibility that the windows were installed incorrectly.

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bradsour December 12th, 2007
Why don't you just put the clear plastic up and over them that stops the would be little drafts that will occur from that window and be done with it until spring when it wouldn't be so cold to replace?

They may not have been installed correctly but houses will settle and shift which I'm guessing could cause this. My parents had their windows replaced in the upstairs years back and not long after that one of the windows cracked. I'm guessing the house or window settled causing the window pane to have pressure and crack it.

anitra December 13th, 2007
I'm not planning to do anything about them until spring... but it's bugging me. And I'm not sure we can afford to out-and-out replace them.

bradsour December 13th, 2007
Do you have supports in the basement? If you do although it would be by random chance that they could be adjusted and it might put the windows back to where they were when they were installed allowing them to be closed. Are both the windows in the same room or same area of the house?

anitra December 13th, 2007
No, one is in the bedroom (over the basement), but the other is in the kitchen (no basement, slab foundation).

Unfortunately, the kitchen window is the one with a mighty draft.

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