Repairing broken ironmongery: You should aim to reuse surviving original ironmongery such as cord clamps, sash lifts and sash fasteners, which are usually of a very high quality. Broken ironmongery can often be repaired. Paint can be removed fairly easily where it has hidden or impeded the use of ironmongery.
Reproduction fittings can be used if original ironmongery is missing or beyond repair. Extra sash locks can be fitted to the meeting rails to improve security of the window when closed. Timber blocks and/or sash stops can also be fitted to restrict opening beyond a certain point.
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Surviving original ironmongery fittings such as sash lifts, sash fasteners and hooks are usually of a very high quality and should be retained where possible. Where such ironmongery has been obscured by thick over- painting, it can usually be cleaned without difficulty and restored to its original appearance. Repair of damaged items is also possible. Reproduction fittings are available where original ironmongery is missing or damaged beyond repair. Additional sash locks can be fitted to the meeting rails to improve the security of the window when closed. Timber blocks and / or special items of ironmongery called ‘sash stops’ can also be fitted to restrict opening beyond the required point thus allowing ventilation and cleaning access, whilst preventing illegal entry and safeguarding against accidental falls. Where windows have very low cills, internal barriers can be fitted to help prevent accidents and to achieve compliance with Technical Standards (building regulations) where applicable.