The bane of window owners and restorers alike are windows that are painted shut. A necessary first step to restoring sash or even getting them to operate at all is to free the sash. The uppers get “fixed” to the exterior casing or blind stop with paint and the lowers become similarly fixed to the interior stop. This Window Opening Tool is laid up against the sash and is used to “saw” through the accumulated layers of paint to release the sash. In some cases that and a quick swipe with some Bowling Alley Wax is enough to make a balky window function well for the first time in decades, in other cases it’s the first step in a more involved restoration process. In either case, this inexpensive tool will pay for itself many times over!
Cynthia Haukland (verified owner) –
The PERFECT tool for opening windows that are painted shut. Forget the utility knife and buy this instead!
Melinda Hoskins –
I have owned five old houses that had windows painted shut and until I discovered this incredible tool, it was nearly impossible to free them up.
There are wicked sharp points along the edges of the tool which allow for a sawing motion–to get the tool into the gap between window and sash–and a fine point at the top to start the process of drawing the tool down the gap.
You won’t be sorry if you buy one.