Replacing casement window crank

newhomeowner-2009October 17, 2010

We have dual Anderson casement windows in our kitchen, and a while back the plastic assembly, holding the crank, cracked.

It worked OK for a while anyway, but I'm finding now that the window cranks open OK, but doesn't crank closed (we have to go outside and push it closed).

Here's a photo of the crank and a replacement that I bought at Home Depot.

OK, so I've never done anything like this before. It looks easy, but my question is: from what I've described, do all I need to do is replace the crank handle and cover (assuming it fits)? Or is it more complex and do I have to get more parts and/or holler for help from somebody who knows what they're doing?

Just wanted to get some advice before I attempted this. Thanks.

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Loosen the set screw on the handle and remove (don't take it all the way out as it is easy to lose). Remove the two screws on the cover and replace both the cover and the handle. It looks like you have the right part.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 6:23PM
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If your window is not cranking in properly you may need more than just a handle and cover plate. It is possible you may need the operator mechanism, which will entail quite a bit more work

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 7:42PM
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That has occurred to me. I may need professional help, as a ground-level window is not something I'd want to screw up.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 2:50PM
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I would think so, it can be involved. The stops will need to be removed, the sash unhooked(if I remember correctly if not taken off the hinges) and the operator removed and the new one reattached.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 2:58PM
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It's really not that hard to replace the operating mechanism. Pry up the bottom sash stop, over the operator, and it will expose the part to be replaced. The arm of the operator just clips to a bracket on the sash. Then replace the mechanism and replace the sash stop. Fifteen minutes....

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 8:52PM
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