How to Repair a Window-Pocket Cover
Build a new one to the specs of the old one with these instructions.
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If you have an old window with a deteriorating pocket cover, pull out the good cover and use it to design a replacement. Here’s how:
Materials and Tools:
1. Remove the trim from around the window frame with a pry bar.
2. Pull out nails using nippers and remove the window from the opening. Make sure the sash chords don’t fall into the wall cavity when the window is removed.
3. Remove the good pocket from the opposite side of the opening.
4. Draw the dimensions of the good pocket cover onto your new lumber. Cut the piece to length with a handsaw.
5. To cut lap joints, trace the outline for the joint onto your new piece. Cut away the joint with a pull saw.
6. Measure the depth of the lap joints running the length of the piece with a combination square. Transfer the measurement to your new piece.
7. Score along the cut line with a utility knife. Carve out the bulk of the material with a chisel.
9. Mark the location on the ends for the mounting screws. Use a file to create a notch in the end where the mounting screw goes in.
10. Install the new cover with screws, making sure the screws are below the wood surface
11. Reattach the sash cords and replace the window and trim.