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Omega 5,5, 64" Coil Balance

A home owner from Loveland, OH says:
Do you carry a Coil Balance with the following specifications: Omega 5,5, 64" I need to replace a number of these in my home. If you do, please let me know the price each and what if any quantity discounts you offer. Thank you! Mark Dodenhoff
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Paul Sr. from SWISCO responded:
Our closest replacement may be the S160-5, but with at least one large difference being that the S160-5 has a maximum travel of 35".
A quick learner says:
Can you suggest who would carry this length of coil balance within your industry?
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Paul Sr. from SWISCO responded:
I do not know if you are going to find it. Omega is no longer in business and the manufacturer that bought them out does not make a 64" coil spring. How high does your window sash raise?
A quick learner says:
It may be a matter of relocating the coil balances down lower than where they are currently installed in the window jamb. On the windows located in the lower level of the house the coil balances are embedded in the window jamb and intersect where the inside and outside window overlap slightly when the window is closed (about 1/2 way up the jamb). In my second story, similar type windows, the coil balances (2 on each side) are at the top of the window jamb which is why the coil balances are long and 64". The window does not travel more than probably 18"-22". Is this any help? Thanks, Mark D.
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Paul Sr. from SWISCO responded:
If I understand you correctly, the coil balances are located in the middle of the jamb where the two sashes meet in the close position. If this is correct, your travel would be about 22" and our S160-5 will work since it travels up to about 35".
A quick learner says:
Paul: You are correct about the coil balances installed on the first floor. This hardware appears to be OK and the travel distance is probably about 22". However, the coil balances on the second floor are installed at the TOP of the window jamb (not in the middle as you stated in your last communication) These windows do travel about 22" but the coil reaches from the very top of the window. This is why I need 64" - and I need two per side - not just one coil balance per side. Make sense? Mark
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Mike from SWISCO responded:
I am not sure why they were, or would be, installed at the top. Yes, you can reinstall the coils at the middle. It is also possible to add two balances on each side, but I do not think it would be necessary after you relocate the coils to the middle, since the travel will be less.
A quick learner says:
So, if I relocated the coil spring hardware in the middle of the window jamb, how many S160-5 coils do I need per side with a bumper - 1 or 2 per side? Thanks, Mark D.
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Mike from SWISCO responded:
Please answer the following:
  • size of glass
  • weight of sash
  • insulated/uninsulated glass
A quick learner says:
The dimensions of the lower window (that moves vertically) is 32" High by 33.5" wide. Glass is insulated or double paned. Weight of sash is 20 lbs.
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Mike from SWISCO responded:
Yes, you will need two on each side.
A quick learner says:
Thank you for the confirmation and your assistance. Mark D.
A home owner from Cincinnati, Ohio says:
I, too, have windows with the Omega 5.5 64" coil spring balances in need of replacement. Unlike Quick Learner above, I am not optimistic in my ability to modify and relocate the balances. Can anyone suggest a service provider who I could pay to make this modification?
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
I'm sorry, but I am not familiar with any service providers in your area.
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