The Ultimate Repairing Windows Quiz
by Staff
One of the most common problems homeowners face is windows that won't open. But before you knock out the glass to make your great escape, take our quiz and get the rundown on the potential causes of your jammed window and how you can unjam it.

What is the most common cause of wood framed windows getting stuck?

  • paint
  • humidity
  • rust

What is the first thing to check before beginning to fix a wood framed window?

  • that you have the necessary tools
  • that your insurance covers windows you have tried to fix yourself
  • that the window is unlocked

What should you use to clean out the paint from the window tracks?

  • the blade of a putty knife
  • a hammer and a chisel
  • an old toothbrush

How can your remove a broken windowpane without causing too much splintering?

  • Crisscross both sides of the pane with masking tape and rap it with a hammer.
  • Work very slowly.
  • Remove broken glass piece by piece.

If putty does not come out easily, what should you use to soften it?

  • water
  • linseed oil
  • silicone spray

What size should the a glass window pane be?

  • larger than the window opening
  • smaller than the window opening
  • narrower than the window opening

How can you make a glass window pane opaque?

  • Paint it with glue.
  • Cover it with gauze or fabric.
  • Paint it with a mixture of 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts and 1/2 pint of stale beer.

How can you fix a small hole in a metal window screen?

  • Push the strands of wire toward the hole and coat with clear nail polish.
  • Lay the screen flat and iron a wire patch over the hole, taking care not to melt the wire.
  • Using a needle and thread, sew a wire patch over the hole.

What causes a window shade to bind?

  • shades that are too tightly wound
  • mounting brackets that are set too far apart
  • brackets set too close together

If a shade won't stay up, what does this say about the spring mechanism?

  • It is too tightly wound.
  • It is too loose.
  • It is not installed correctly.

What is the most practical and long lasting window treatment?

  • Venetian blinds
  • roll-up shades
  • curtains

If the bottom rail of a Venetian blind is made from wood, how would the cords be attached to it?

  • through caps and clamps
  • through staples
  • through glue

What should you use to clean the slats on a Venetian blind?

  • a wet rag
  • dishwashing detergent
  • silicone spray

How does the tilt cord on a Venetian blind work?

  • on a pulley
  • via a spring
  • via a pin

What should you use to insert splining into a groove?

  • a splining tool
  • a chisel
  • the dull blade of a putty knife