Ask the Woodchucks: January 25, 2018

Note: I believe this window configuration only applies to the Weathershield windows used in the Del Webb built houses, but you can check by looking at the flange to see if it matches the diagram.

Are Your Windows Closed? Are You Sure?

Just because your windows are down and locked does not mean they are properly closed. There is a flange on the upper fixed window that is designed to interlock with a similar flange on the lower movable window. If you close the window by pulling down on the top of the lower window, you are probably pulling it away from the upper window so that the flanges do not interlock. To check for this, raise the lower window by pushing up on the top rail. If after the window is raised about one half inch it moves toward the upper window the two flanges were not properly interlocked. To get the windows properly interlocked push the upper rail out toward the upper window as you lower it. If you lower the window by pushing down on the bottom rail of the window it will usually close properly, but not always. When the windows are properly interlocked the gap between them is small and tight. You can’t pull the lower window in away from the upper window thus increasing the gap between them.

When the windows are incorrectly closed, you will sometimes hear a whistling noise when the wind blows.

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