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How to Lubricate Vinyl Windows

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    LESLIE: Now we’re taking a call from Alberta in Arkansas working on a window project. How can we help you with that?

    ALBERTA: Yeah, I’ve got vinyl windows that are the drop-downs so you can clean them and they’re real stiff; they’re hard to open and close. And I was wondering if there’s anything I can do to make them easier.

    TOM: Have you tried to use any lithium grease on them?

    ALBERTA: I haven’t used anything, no.

    TOM: So what you might want to do is – there are different types of lubricants that are available. You know, WD-40 probably is one of the most famous ones.

    ALBERTA: Yeah.

    TOM: But you can also buy in a spray can, lithium, and it has a tube that comes out of the top of the spray nozzle. You can get it right into the area along the jambs, between the operating sash and the jamb of the window and kind of spray it up and down. If you overspray a little bit, you can go wipe it down. And that will lubricate that jamb and reduce the friction.

    ALBERTA: Is the lithium better than the WD-40?

    TOM: It tends to stick around a little bit longer. It’s a little thicker.

    ALBERTA: OK.

    TOM: In a pinch, you can use WD but you may have to do it again.

    ALBERTA: Alright. Well, thank you very much.

    TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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