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54" Orange tip spiral balances

A home owner from USA says:
Dear Swisco,
I am looking to replace 54" high orange spiral window balances. Is this something you have in stock? If not what would be a rough estimate per piece to have them made? I have 8 double hung windows all in need of replacement. I will also need some other parts as well but wanted to check on this size before getting my list together.
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
It sounds like you need a spiral balance, but that's about all I can say. Is 54" the length of the balance tube? If not, can you tell me what is? Also, what is the diameter of the tube? Finally, it seems like theses are tilt windows, but can you just confirm?
A home owner from USA says:
I wanted to get these dimensions to you sooner than later but this weekend I will take some detailed photos to confirm what I need. Yes they are tilt windows they go up and down but when you clean them they tilt inward toward you...
The tubes are 5/8"
thank you again for your time. N
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Great, thank you. I would still like you to confirm the length of the tube, just to be sure. 54" is extraordinarily large and we would have to custom make a replacement balance option.
A quick learner from NJ says:
...you are right to measure twice cut once it is only 52" tall. still pretty tall.
attached some more photos.
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A quick learner from NJ says:
...did I say 52" just measured another window I meant 51"

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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Perfect, thank you. We can make these, though it will have to be a custom order due to the size. We have all the information we need, I would just like to know how many you need. Then I can send you a price quote and order form!
A quick learner from NJ says:
we have 8 Windows 2 per window for now total 16.
if we also did the 2 upper outer windows does that make 4 per window?
can you price it separately although would there be a savings if we get more?
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Thanks, I'll send you a price quote and order form for the 16 bottom sash balances. I would check your top sash balances to be sure that they're the same. Sometimes they are, but it's not a guarantee and for these I think it would be better to check.
A quick learner from NJ says:
The price quote says red tip...I think mine are orange.
I will measure the tops to be sure.
What other parts will I need I'm thinking of replaceing
- shoes
- metal bars that screw into the bottom of the window and fit into the shoes.
- weather striping ( mine seems to thick and windows pull down upper window when closing.
thanks again
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Don't worry, orange is considered Red in the trade. Every manufacturer uses slightly different shades of Red but it's all counted as the same thing.

We can help you replace the other parts you mentioned, but we will also need pictures and measurements. For the seal, it is important that we can see a clear view of the end.
A quick learner from NJ says:
ok I'll take more photos and measurements. give me a week I'm away right now. I had a few of the shoes and ends but I'll need to measure. thanks n
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
Thanks again! The pivot shoe with the black center cam seems to match our 15-047, while the pivot bar looks like our 26-040. Finally, for the top tilt latches, look at our 26-176 and 26-177.
A quick learner from NJ says:
May I buy 2 balances to check they work before ordering all 16?
Nancy
A quick learner from NJ says:
So here's the deal...I think the weather stripping is an incorrect pile thickness. when closing the window it pulls down the upper window or there is a very hard thump. With that said the sample weather stripping photographed is correct for the track but may be to bushy? Thanks nancy
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Dave from SWISCO responded:
What I have done in some cases like this was to take a single edge razor blade and give the wool pile a "hair cut." That might do the trick. If not, we do carry an assortment of different sized wool pile that you can consider.
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