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ID my windows?

A home owner from USA says:
Hello Swisco experts,

I was wondering if any of you could identify the manufacturer of the windows in a house we recently bought so I can order some parts in the future.

The window ANSI/AAMA .101.85 sticker shows MFGR. Code BB-1, and also has the marking 3860/4460

The Tilt Latches you sell look like they would work; the only major difference being the existing latches have a wedge end where they contact the balance tube, keeping the sash tight against the upper fixed sash. The spiral balances are 3/8" diameter, and the tilt latches measure 3/4" x 2 1/8," very close in dimension to those you carry.

There are three dome topped windows, the rest being plain rectangular. All are all single hung and all areThermo Pane, with a couple of leakers being the house was built in 1989 and the Florida sun inflicts a good amount of damage. I've included several photos so you can have a look. The lower sashes measure 34" wide x 24" high if that offers any help in identifying. I did measure one of the balances having a length of 22" which seems about right for a 24" high sash.

Thanks for any help you can give,
Jack
User submitted photos of a tilt latch.
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
I'm afraid I cannot identify who manufactured your window, but the tilt latches look a lot like our 26-157 and 26-158. Are these the ones you were looking at? They are used by many manufacturers. I cannot speak for the differences between the "tooth." Could I see a few pictures of one of the latches removed from the window? That may help us find a better match.
A home owner from USA says:
Hi Paul, thanks for the reply. It looks like the 26-157 is a perfect match. I pulled one off and compared dimensions. Your website certainly is a big help with the photos and dimensions right there to help with part ID.

One more for you. Are pop-rivets a common method of attaching the bottom of the spiral balance to the sash? It looks like that's what let go on one of the windows. When cooler weather prevails, I'll see what the sash looks like and decide how to cure the problem.

Thanks again, Jack
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
Hmm... that is not very common, no. Could I see a couple of pictures of the pop rivet attaching the balance to the sash? That may help give me a better idea of what you're working with.
A home owner from USA says:
Hello again Paul,

I was wrong on the attachment to the sash; it looks like they attach to a plastic follower that rides in the sash. I'm sure you are familiar with the setup.

Thanks again,
Jack
User submitted photos of a window balance.
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
Ah, yes. That plastic slider is what is known as a pivot shoe. The spiral balance hooks into this, as you can see, and then the sash connects to the shoe using a pivot bar. You can see how this process works by watching the video below.

I would be happy to help you identify what pivot shoe that is, but I would need to see it removed from the window, to start. You can see our other handy tutorial below to see the best way to remove a pivot shoe.
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