UPDATE: window is fixed! The solution is here: youtube.com/watch?v=-TAjm4X8ubI

I have a single-hung Madison window. The moving part has come loose and disassembled and I can't get it back in.

There are two rods that fit into spaces at the sides of the window frame. (See links to images below, but I will try to describe them.)

These rods are notched and there is a combination of a spring and a cord inside the notch. At the top ,the cord is fastened to a a little doo-dad that inserts into a hole in the larger window frame and anchors it there.

These rods act like rails when the window slides up and down.

I can fit the window into place if the rods are not there. And I can put the rods in place if the window is not there. But I can't get them both in at the same time. Do the rods go in first? Does the window? Do I put the rods in the window slots first? There's no give in the jamb and with the rods in place the window is too big.



  • Can you insert the window first and then slide the rod down into the slot from above? – Michael Karas Nov 3 '12 at 15:44
  • Is it possible that if you remove the storm window and screen that it would sneak into place easier from the outward side? – Michael Karas Nov 3 '12 at 15:45
  • Thank you for the suggestions. One photo which I couldnt post shows that the top of the window is capped-- I cant get into it. The cap contains the locking mechanism. And no, getting to it from the outside won`t work either. Good idea, though. – Len Nov 3 '12 at 17:08
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    The window is fixed! The solution is here: youtube.com/watch?v=-TAjm4X8ubI . – Len Nov 3 '12 at 19:35
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    @Len Would you mind adding the solution as an answer, so that future users can learn from your experience? A brief description of the process and a link to the video, might be helpful to somebody else having the same problem as you. – Tester101 Nov 5 '12 at 12:08

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