How to repair jalousie windows


Repairing jalousie windows, also known as louvered windows

Jalousie windows are common in Hawaii, with good reason. These windows provide nearly 100% air flow when open and they easily close to prevent wind and rain from coming in.  Temperatures in Hawaii stay within a fairly narrow range.  In the summer we see highs around 90 degrees (fahrenheit) and in the winter temperatures sometimes get as cold as the high 50's.  Homes in Hawaii rarely have heaters and jalousie windows do a great job for most of them.

Jalousie window frames are usually made of aluminum.  The mechanism that rotates the windows is held together by rivets.  The rivets eventually weaken due to corrosion and/or lack of lubrication.  When the head of a rivet pops off, the mechanism can come undone and then we start to have problems.

 We'll go step-by-step to repair a broken rivet and get that window working again. 

 jalousie window  

Here's a window with glass louvers removed in preparation for repairs.

Close-up of a broken rivet.  The head has broken off, leaving the body in the mechanism.  The upper arrow points to the louver body that was held together by the rivet.
Step 1: Use a small drill bit (approx 2 millimeters)  and drill out the body of the rivet.  Take your time  so the frame doesn't get damaged.  Move the drill bit around to widen the hole and smooth it out. Step 2: Place a rivet in the hole. I used 4 millimeter diameter rivets.  Make sure the rivet rotates freely in the hole.  The rivet will become a hinge in the mechanism.
Here's a $10 rivet gun I bought at City Mill.  I was a little concerned about using it because the directions on the back of the package don't tell you much.  The rivet gun is really easy to use though. Step 3: Place the rivet in the gun like so.  In this photo I am pushing the rivet into the gun.  When properly inserted, the flat washer-like part held by my thumb will go all the way up to the body of the rivet gun.
Step 4: Insert the rivet (held in the gun) into the hole with both pieces of the frame mechanism in place. Step 5: Pull the trigger on the rivet gun.  The trigger pulls on the rivet and eventually breaks it off.  I had to pull twice on the trigger for each rivet.

Note: We don't want to rivet the two parts together tightly.  The rivet acts as a hinge and moves these parts.  I did not have a problem, the gun didn't pull the rivet tightly.  Other people have told me they riveted their mechanisms too tight and they were unable to open and close their windows.

The finished product

Here's the repaired mechanism with a new rivet.  The jalousie glass can be reinserted and the window is ALMOST ready for action.

The final step is to take some sewing machine oil or bicycle chain oil and carefully oil each rivet in the entire window mechanism.  Don't put lubricant in that hole, that won't do any good.  Lubricate around the head of the rivet and on the other parts where you see abrasion from metal parts rubbing together. 

While you're at it, put some oil on the window crank mechanism too.  All of this metal gets corroded or rusty over time.  A thin film of lubricant helps the mechanism work smoothly and protects the metal from the elements.

If you need to replace the jalousie glass, take a window to City Mill and they will cut it to size.  You can also measure the width of the glass and take it in - I'd rather play it safe and have them do the measuring.  Each jalousie costs around $3-4 and City Mill cuts the glass to size for free.

All pau!

Mike Bates -  Hawaii Realtor

Follow up 5/26/09 - Several people have asked me where to get parts for jalousie windows.  If your local hardware store doesn't have what you're looking for, call Pickens Window Parts (513) 931-4432 for your parts needs.  Good luck!


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leslie elsasser


Thanks for the info, wonderful! However I can't find the rivets believe it or not. I live in Florida, do you have any suggestions? Thanks much,



Hi Leslie,

I think just about every hardware store carries rivets. The boxes are small and sometimes hard to find on the shelf. Try asking a store clerk. If the store doesn't carry rivets, just go to one of the big name stores (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) and you can be sure they sell rivets.

Aloha, Mike


Thanks for the info, Mike! I live in Los Angeles, and am buying a house will all louvered/jalousied windows in all manner of repair/disrepair. Some appear simply stuck. Is this from corrosion, or perhaps that the mechanisms are bent? I'm not in the house yet so I haven't inspected them closely.

Best, MB

PS. Great photos too!


Hi MB,

In Hawaii we have corrosion from the salt air. In Los Angeles, perhaps its the air if you're close to the ocean.

Hardware stores sell the complete mechanisms (the whole aluminum frame) for reasonable prices. If your jalousie window mechanisms are in really bad shape and are mounted in a wood window frame, it might be easier just to remove the old mechanisms and replace the entire set. The glass is okay to reuse if the panes are not broken.

Aloha, Mike


Thanks for the pointers, Mike. I also appreciate the encouragement, because at first glance they are a little mystifying, but now (thanks to your photos and instructions) I am confident that I can figure them out and get them working again. I already have a rivet gun. I'll pick up some silicone lubricant. Is there a product or material that remediates or conditions salt corrosion on aluminum? Best, MB


I use a spray called "Corrosion X" - developed for aircraft and military equipment. There are other similar products at hardware stores. Just leave a thin film on the metal and it will stop the corrosion. It needs to be reapplied periodically.

Rust on the steel portions will occur more quickly than corrosion on the aluminum. Make sure and have the metal surfaces protected.

Thanks for your comments!

Aloha, Mike



I live in Florida and am having problems with the crank on a window. I'm not exactly sure of the progression, as it's at a rental I own. When the crank is turned clockwise, it opens the window. However, when turned counter, the crank unscrews itself and falls out. Aside from a non-working window, the additional concern is that the window panes will not close all the way. Any thoughts on this one?

Thanks, Jeff


Hi Jeff,

It sounds to me like the operator mechanism is shot. The operator is usually held onto the window frame by two or four screws. You can remove the screws and then pull the operator from the frame. It will be attached to the window by a short arm. You can detach the short arm by removing a small circlip or screw (depending on the manufacturer).

Take the mechanism to the hardware store and buy a replacement for around $10-$15. This should solve the problem.

Note to readers: The operator is a mechanism with a turning handle that opens and closes the jalousie windows. It is not pictured in the photos above.

Aloha, Mike


Thank you for the suggestion on the operator mechanism. Your level of detail is quite helpful. Jeff


I live in Hi and have jalusoie windows that are falling out. The end clips tips are warn or missing. Do you know if there is a product that could fix this. My windows work fine but falling out should be easy to fix.

Help me out thanks.


Hi Dave,

Check Craigslist and see if you can find someone giving away old jalousie parts. If you're patient and keep checking you'll find some. For immediate help, you can buy a complete jalousie assembly from City Mill for about $15, then remove the end clips. I have not seen the clips for sale separately, you might want to check at Home Depot and Lowe's.

Good luck!


jordan Cayanan

is there another way i can remove the broken rivets w/o a drill?


Hi Jordan,

I can't think of a way to do it without a drill. You can get an inexpensive drill for around $10-15.

Aloha, Mike


Hi Mike - I have a different type of louvered window where the mechanism is white plastic (vinyl?) rather than metal. They sure look nice and the mechanism still works great but all the clips that keep the window panes in place on the east and south side of the house (I am in Kauai close to the water) have all borken down from I guess UV so the panes are slipping out. This place is only a few years old! I tried taking out the mechanism so as to just replace the things that hold the glass, took it in to this old Japanese fellow who repairs lots of jalousies but i haven't heard from him and he was pretty skeptical (most people have the aluminum kind). about a year ago, I used white duct tape to tape all the glass in place. Temporary fix. Any other suggestions besides replacing all the windows (um, probably several thousand dollars...)



Hi CS,

My best suggestion is to check the internet or the Yellow Pages for Honolulu stores that can repair or replace the parts at an affordable price.

I have lived on several of the neighbor islands and sometimes found it frustrating trying to find various household items. The solution usually involved calling or flying to Oahu.

Aloha, Mike


Hey Mike,

Awesome site! This is in regards to the question about getting broken rivets out without using a drill. Using a plier, I was able to squeeze, twist and jiggle out the remaining piece. You really have to get a good grip on the stump, and be gentle though, because of the corrosion, it crumbles quite easily and once you round down the stump you'll definitely need a drill. I was lucky that the stumps I had still jutted out nicely. I would never have been able to do it without your site. THANKS!!!!!!

Mike Gray

Thanks for all the information above. It is very helpful. However, my problem is, the round aluminum rod at the bottom of the window has a control arm on each end of the rod. One of those arms has snapped off. I have attempted to glue it back together with no success. I have two questions, how do I remove that rod and where can I get another control arm to replace the broken one? Thanks in advance for your response.


Yes the entire mechanism may need replacement. I've just added contact info for Pickens Window Parts (see above). You can try them for replacement parts.


Hi, Mikey...I have a jalousie window in a 1967 mobile home at a lake...there are two plastic "A" shaped brackets that hold the square main drive rods (is that even the right description). I'm not sure if anyone has repair parts for windows that old.


Jack, please try Pickens Window Parts (513) 931-4432.

Good luck!



I am a homeowner in South Jersey. We have jalousie windows in a enclosed porch and a couple of other areas. I would like to replace these windows in the porch area and replace them with VRW that will accomodate a window air conditioner, allow for better security and ease of cleaning. Do you have any quick tips or reminders to consider when de-installing these units?


Mike, My Mom has a 1961 American manufactured mobile home with jalousie windows. She lives in South Carolina. I tried to put sticky backed insulation strips on her windows but the heat on the aluminum just won't it adhere. She needs all new rubber inserts between her windows but I can't find them anywhere. I looked on the Pickens Window Parts site but couldn't find anything.

Thanks for any help you can give us


Hi Steve and Connie,

Steve - Jalousie window mechanisms installed in wood frames generally are held in with a couple of screws. It should be easy to remove them.

Connie - We don't have many mobile homes in Hawaii, it's hard for me to picture exactly what you're trying to replace. It there are gaps between the jalousie and the window frame, maybe you should try caulk. It's inexpensive and easy to remove if things don't go right.

Aloha, Mike

Steve C


Do you recommend taking the window panes out the frame before removing the frame?


Hi Steve,

Yes, it's usually easier to remove the window panes. If the panes are left in, some of them will likely break as the frame is removed.

Marlie Bond


What are your recommendations for someone who wants ac in a single family home with jalousie windows?? Would replacing the windows with single hung be the best option for a long term investment?


Hi Marlie,

The easiest way to accomplish this is to remove several window panes and make enough room for the air conditioner to fit where the panes are removed. Use some wood such as a 2" x 4" to build a frame which will support the air conditioner. The frame can be anchored to the window sill if it's strong enough.

Fill in the gaps between the glass and the air conditioner with a suitably cut board, foam tape or even a rolled up towel.

If this sounds too complicated, a skilled handyman can probably do a very nice job of this within a few hours.

Aloha, Mike



Is there a trick to slip out the glass from a jalousie door. The paperboy broke one of my panes with a hard throw. Need to replace it.


Hi Jane,

If your jalousie windows are similar to those pictured in this blog, all you have to do is gently bend the clips far enough to slide the glass out. Sometimes people glue the glass into the clips for security, to make it more difficult for intruders to sneak in. If your glass is glued in, it will take some gentle prying to get the panes out.

Aloha, Mike


Mike, how do you prevent the rivet gun from fastening too tightly? I drilled out all of my old mechanisms, riveted them all back in, but now they're too tight to open and close.


Hi Randall,

For some odd reason I did not have that problem, I don't know why. My suggestion is to shim the rivet with something, perhaps a thin plastic washer to keep the rivet from pulling too tight. The washer should be cut on one side so it's open ended. After you rivet the parts together, pull the washer out. That should do it.

Aloha, Mike


I also live in Hawaii (Oahu) and have the white plastic that clips into the frame. I see a posting above. I need to replace mine as all the window's are falling out. Did anyone know where to purchase or order these? HELP!! My bathroom looks a mess!



There are several specialty window shops in town. Try Windows of Hawaii or Coastal Windows.


Hi Sharon - I just retaped these white plastic jalousies - takes a little while but then it buys you another year. I tear clear or white duct tape longitudinally then wrap the ends of the glass onto the clips (most of them just the end of the clip is broken down. If the entire clip is disintegrating, it's too late and this won't work. I prophylactically taped all the windows.

Thanks for the previous advice Mikey, but whenever I'm in Honolulu, I never seem to make time for a window/hardware store and never seem to have a car (take TheBus or have someone pick me up) so I just keep doing the temporary fix. Where's that Supa Ferry- could have done some serious shopping damage if I could ferry over my own car! Wil check into the window stores by phone some day (prob when I want to sell the place and have to fix everying you normally just live with)


Mahalo! Great instructions.Very clear. Really appreciate the visuals,too.

Maui Purdy

Mahalo for the lesson. Our jalousies are so stuck, and a few of the rivets are broken. I was going to have the whole frame changed but I think I will follow your simple instructions and see if that works before doing anything major. Again, Mahalo.


I live in a condo in Florida and have an enclosed patio consisting of 5 jalousie windows a(built mid 70s). My question is: is it possible to remove the jalousie window and use the same frame to put in single hung windows?


Hi Vicky,

Please keep in mind that I am a realtor by trade and with a minor in home repair. Based on your description above, I think you will need to buy the windows and frames. A professional window installer can advise you much better than I can. Especially since the installer can take a look at your windows and frames.

Good luck!

Aloha, Mike

hozac holmes

Hey Mike,

The crank on my window is broken, I can only open the window but i cant close it. When ever i try to close it, the crank comes out. Help please!


Hi Hozac,

A new crank costs about $10-$15 bucks at the hardware store. Remove the broken crank, take it to the store and find a new one that matches it. A phillips head screwdriver is usually the only tool needed to make the repair.

Aloha, Mike

Brenda Swegman

Hi Mikey,

Thanks for all the information. I own a 1964 Deluxe Shasta travel trailer and it has Jolousies windows.



The info is helpful for the rivets, but where do I go to find a replacement for the aluminum "fingers" that hold the window slat in place? Mine snapped off and caused the glass to fall out. I live in Connecticut and own a vintage 1911 home. I want to preserve the integrety of the house.


Hi Deb,

I believe the "fingers" are not sold separately. Look for old frames with the fingers being disposed of or take one of the fingers to the hardware store and see if you can find a new frame with fingers that match. If you find one, buy it and harvest the needed parts from it. The frames are not expensive.

If you cannot find matching fingers anywhere, remove a jalousie frame from one of your windows, replace it with a new one and use the leftover fingers from the removed frame for parts on your other windows.

Aloha, Mike


I have jalousie windows on two different porches and having trouble with missing rivets and missing clips to the glass. Your instructions on riviting is great but where can I find the clips that hold the glass in place? Thx tim


Hi Tim,

I haven't seen the clips for sale individually. You might want to remove the frame from one window and install a new one. Then, remove the clips from the old frame and use them for parts on the other old frame that's still being used.

Hey for that matter, maybe just install new frames on both windows. They aren't that expensive and then your window hardware would be brand new.

Aloha, Mike


Hi Mikey,

I pryed my jalousie window open from the outside to crawl in when i lost my key. Now, my window will not close. I replaced the crank handle. This didn't help. It appears that the part where the window lever slides up and down (on the side) is bent. what do u suggest i should do to fix it?


Hi Christine,

If the windows are wood, it might be best to go buy a new set of jalousie frames and install them. They usually attach with a few screws. Then you will have a brand new frame with no corrosion or bent parts.

If the window frame is installed in concrete (like in an apartment building) then it gets more complicated to remove and find a matching frame. Sounds like you might need an aluminum rod which can be found at the hardware store. I can't say for sure based on the description.

Sometimes it's easier to hire a handyman or window specialist to come fix the problem. It costs more money but then you can get the job done right.

Aloha, Mike


heya Mikey,

I have two Jalouise windows and one door.Both windows are missing the crank syste.

My local hardware store dont carry them and only reccomend replacing the windows entirely.

I need help finding the parts for the windows and the doors. any ideas of websites that carry them or how I can be sure to get the right one


Hi Michael,

Call Pickens Window Parts (513) 931-4432 or google for their website.

Aloha, Mike


Thank you so very much for your instructions and photos which were clear and easy to follow. I live on the North Shore of Oahu where the salty air corroded the jalousie window hardware. I was going to replace the hardware but found out the hardware like ours is no longer available on this island. The hardware that is available has different dimensions and would require cutting the wall to change the window opening size and getting new glass. When I googled "repair jalousie windows", your site came up and pinpointed the problem - the rivets were bad. I am a woman in my 60's with no experience doing this but was able to fix the window, thanks to your instructions. I can't tell you how happy I am.


Fantastic! I'm glad the blog helped you Mary.

Aloha, Mike


Hi Mike,

My jalousie windows seem to be in good shape but I'm having problem to keep the window open in different angle. Either I open it up completely or keep it close, it will not stay open 1/2 way or 1/4. What can I do so I can keep these window open the way I want.


Hi Kim,

Try drilling out two rivets (one on each side of the window), then install new rivets, each with one washer on it. This will tighten up the mechanism and should help the window stay in place.

A simpler, if less elegant method is to use a clothes pin to pinch the mechanism and hold the window in position.

Aloha, Mike


Thanks for the repair guide. It is very useful!


You inspired me to tackle the repair of our louvered windows. It's been on my to-do list for years but I didn't know enough about them to even start the job. It took half an hour and the window is now working perfectly. Thanks Mike!


Hi, I have a 1961 Dexter travel trailer and ALL the windows are missing the vertical "cog" mechanisim that travels up and down along with the little arm that is attached to that. I honestly dont know how someone could have taken both those parts out without also taking out the square box (mechanism). To fix this situation there is no way to put in a new complete mechanism without taking the entire window out of the trailer, right? There does not seem to be room for the mechanism to come out once I take the crank arm off from inside without taking the window out and then taking the top of the window off so the mechanism can slide up and out the top of the frame. I have 8 windows to repair....agggggggggghhhhhhh!




Hi Laura,

Wish I could help, I have no knowledge about Dexter travel trailer windows. If you come up with a solution please post it here for others.

Aloha, Mike


I live in honolulu, is there anyone specializing can repair jalousie windows?

if you know please give me a contact information

Thank you very much


Hi Ernest,

I do not know of anybody specializing in jalousie windows. Try checking with some handymen. It might be more affordable to replace the whole jalousie assembly (available at City Mill) rather than repairing individual louvers.

Aloha, Mike

Randy Agno

Hello; I am a contractor in California...I have a client who has hired me to do a repair to one of her jalousie windows. The cranks have been replaced with non factory cranks...the original cranks say Stanley on them, these do not have any name or part number that is visible.

I was wondering in your photo above there are metal screws where the rivots should be on the vertical mech. Is this recommended or do you recommend the rivets?

The reason I ask is the main issue is that about 10 of these rivets on the swivel arms have the heads popped off.

So to re-cap:

1. Do you recommend rivets on the swivel arms that hold the glass?

2. What supplier should I go through for the cranks?

3. What size rivets should I use for the swivel arms?

Thanks, Randy


Hi Randy,

The metal screw holding the mechanism to the frame is a replacement, put there by a previous owner. Originally it was all rivets.

1. I recommend rivets.

2. Local hardware stores carry cranks - I do not have a specific recommendation.

3. 4mm rivets should work for the swivel arms.

Aloha, Mike


I live in southern california (and am also a Realtor) and have quite a few of these windows. any ideas on how to make the metal framing appear clean and new? I assume grey metal paint would work?

Thanks so much! Ann


Grey paint should work fine! Prep the metal well, use steel wool, a scotchbrite pad or 400 grit sandpaper to rough it up. Then wipe it down with a rag and water. Wait for it to dry and paint.

double glazing

This will really become handy for people who don't know how to repair jalousies. This a good instructional post. It's easy to understand and follow. Keep posting different repairing works!


Howzit !

Just wanted to add this information.

jalousie (louver) window parts are mainly sold and distributed by a company called C.R.Laurence.They are out of Los Angeles : check their website to view available repair parts if you are stuck.You may have to register to view prices.

Good Luck

Double Glazing

Thanks for teaching me how. This information is all I need to repair that damned window of ours.


Hi Mike,

I am taking care of my neighbor's persian cat and their jalousie door to the house got stuck and I pushed on it and accidentally broke 3 glass shutters (I also cut up my hands pretty bad too)! Anyways, where is the best place to find replacement glass? They are coming home in three days. Usually, people replace these doors with newer doors. Would salvage door places have the glass shutters?




Hi Cori,

Hardware stores sell the glass. Measure the glass in the home then go to the hardware store with the measurement. They might have the right size sitting on the shelf or they can cut a longer piece to the correct length.

Aloha, Mike



Do you know where to find the "old" 8" jalousie windows tracks here on Oahu??

Thanks, Terrie


Hi Terrie,

Sorry I don't know who has them. You might try calling various glass shops.

Aloha, Mike


Hi Mike, I am excited that I found this website. I recently bought a home in San Diego (Coronado actually). It has about 5 jalousie windows in its sunroom that leads to the back patio. Most of the handles/operators don't work at all. The metal just doesn't "pop" anymore and look old. Because I never even knew about "jalousie" at all before I bought this house, I immediately saw how inefficient they are and with not at all secure, I first thought of replacing them with proper double-hung windows so I can still open them up for ventilation in the summer time and I still get good energy efficiency and security during the full year.

However, now I am considering to fix them since that's the cheaper option at the moment and the ventilation might be nice, even in our not-so-harsh winter in San Diego area. I noticed you reference the Pickens company, so I'll try them first. However, I would love to find some expert in jalousie windows who can actually come visit my home and take a look at the situation and tell me what it would take to make them look great again. Do I need to replace the frame? Is that relatively cheap?

You start adding up the cost of 5 new handles/operators, plus possibly replacing the frames themselves, and time to install, and you start wondering if it's all worth it. I would love to have new vinyl windows installed that won't rust or be affected by the wetness in the air.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks for the feedback!


Hi John,

If your windows have wood frames, it should be pretty straightforward to change the entire assembly. You can find the assemblies at many hardware stores. It's not that expensive compared to the cost of many other repairs. I'd change them out.

Doing it yourself will save some money if a project like this is something you're comfortable with.

Aloha, Mike


To fix the "rivet held too tightly" problem, sandwich some wax paper between the parts being joined. The wax will ensure the parts can move against eachother, and in time the wax paper will erode/vanish, leaving an appropriate gap. If you wish to accelerate the process, try a bic lighter.


Thank you so much for this information! I live in Florida in a house where most of the windows are jalousie. I LOVE my jalousie windows but my dog has escaped through almost all of them at one time or another and I have NOT wanted to replace the windows with non-jalousies. I have the rivets and gun, but thought that the whole repair adventure involved taking the whole window structure down, and so procrastination set in.

Now I can move ahead and will probably have 4 of six windows repaired by this weekend! Sweeeet!


Hi. Thanks so much for this excellent post. With your information, I am going to repair a broken rivet in a rental house. I got a pop rivet gun and have been practising with a few. But the rivet is curling sideways instead of straight onto itself. Do you know what I am doing wrong?


Hi Mb,

I think it's the rivets you're using. Try buying another box of rivets, possibly a different brand and see if that solves the problem.

Aloha, Mike


How difficult is it to remove jalousie windows? I have about 24 of them that I will start replacing in about two weeks. The place is an old lake cottage in Michigan built in the 1930's. I don't know that these windows are original but they are in good condition the appear to be steel with a level to open and a separate smaller level to lock them. I wish to remove them in a way to keep their value. They are about 55" Tall and varying widths.

Thanks Dr, Bill Edwards


Mike, Thank you very much for this article. This process worked perfectly to fix 2 of my 7 jalousie windows. They were in pretty bad shape (one missing 12 rivets, the other missing a 4" clip to hold the glass. This last one was the biggest hazard, as the glass would almost fall every time someone would open the window without noticing the clip was missing. I bought a few sets of the replacement clips from

Once I got the hang of it, the repair was very quick and straightforward. Only minor issue was extracting a rivet that used to hold the the missing clip to the main frame so that I could attach the new clip to the frame. Wasn't sure if this process would work as I did not have access to the other side (frame is attached to window opening itself).

I ended up drilling a little off of dead center in the rivet and drilled into the frame itself. Once the old rivet came out, the hole was oval, not rounded. It still works fine, though, so does not seem to be issue so far. The other side fell into the body of the frame casing, so no problem there. I've only extracted one of these from the window frame itself, but I need to eventually pull out about 3 more.

The other rivets in the track were easily replaceable by following your instructions. I used pieces of the plastic container that the rivet gun came in to cut out small spacers to fit between rivet and frame so that there would be some clearance. The plastic removed in one piece fairly easily and left enough room to rotate.

I can see that the other windows also have rivets that need to be addressed, but thanks to you, I know how to address them on my own and can defer replacing them. Thanks again for the guide!!!


Hi Mike,

I'm renting in Los Angeles, and have lovely jalousied windows. The problem I'm having is they don't close all the way. Some of them do, and since they're all the same make, can't determine what the problem is. I've tried oiling them, but perhaps am not oiling the right bits. Any ideas?

Ashley B

Thank you for this great walk through of how to change the rivets. I'm working on an old door in my Florida home that has jalousie windows in it and am taking the task up myself as I cant seem to find anyone handy to do it. I've been reading through comments and questions and wanted to share a website I found that sells the parts for the windows, it's for vintage trailer windows, but may prove helpful if local stores dont carry the exact parts.

Thank you again for this great post!

Debby Beachy

Hi Mike Thank you for this post! I have a whole breeze way with jalousie windows that need to be repaired. I think these windows must have been installed in the early 70's when they were so popular. Do you know where I can buy a manual on how to restore them. This blog post has helped me a lot. I do have one window missing the crank which I need to buy. I also think the cranks need to be replaced or cleaned. All the windows are there and in Good shape I love to restore things and make them beautiful once again. Thanks Debby


Hi Debby,

I haven't heard of any manuals for repairing jalousie windows. They are fairly simple in design. If you can find a local hardware store with a knowledgeable employee (maybe an old timer) I think you will get the help you're looking for.

Some stores specialize in windows and they probably have repair parts for jalousie windows.

Good luck!

sydney martin

just bought a 1930 (maybe older) house in fla.... they had replaced the back door with a solid door, cutting a window and dog door.. I found a frame with glass to fit and had the door cut to accommodate the new window.. but.. the glass panels don't close completely.. I can see the arm at the handle hits the side of the frame ... so its going as far as it can go... is there a way to make an adjustment... I read the posts above but if its there I missed it... thanks.. s


Hi Sydney,

Sounds like the arm handle should be changed to fit at a different angle to clear the door frame. The handles are oftentimes riveted to the frame. Maybe removing the frame, drilling out the rivets then figuring out another way to mount it will work.

If this is too difficult, check with a handyman. It will cost some money but I think a qualified handyman can get it fixed quickly.

Aloha, Mike

sydney martin

the mechanism (up and down bar) hits against the outside of the frame.. its as far as it can go.. im not sure if i understand what to change.. what rivet to remove and redo.. are you talking about that controlling bar.. disconnecting it, closing the windows and reconnecting it (then replacing the handle)...
also i have a door glass that i cant open.. the handle moves a little in each direction.. im afraid to force it.. should i apply a lube.. if so what and where... thanks


Hi Sydney,

Remove the handle and see if the windows open and close okay. Then reattach the handle or maybe a different/longer handle so that it will clear the obstruction.

For the door glass that won't open, try lubricating the pivot points with sewing machine oil or another light oil that will soak in. PB Blaster will work too. If the pivots break you may be able to repair them using a rivet gun as outlined in the photos of this blog.

Worst case - buy new frames and replace the old frames.

If this is all to difficult please contact a handyman.

Aloha, Mike

sydney martin

thanks mike...
i'll play with the door that has the long bar stopping the glass from opening..
took the screen off the door with the window that wouldn't open... the handle is disconnected from the long bar that opens the window.. it works fine.. I need to reattach that bar to the handle
interesting conversation with someone who pointed out these window are not efficient.. and suggesting they should be replaced...
this will be my first summer in florida and I understand the heat and humidity is a challenge...
in Michigan when we had the 'old windows' we also had 'storms' that were put on, replacing the screens... Plexiglas cut to size may do the same for my windows.. 2 bedroom, 2 kitchen, 2 living room, back door... I can close off the florida room with the patio door...
appreciate your opinion..
thanks for your time... s

Terry Hoover

how do you tell which size and shape of the swivel arms that hold the glass? Is there some way to measure the piece where that the rivets install in? There are many different sizes and they vary in size slightly. It makes it hard to know which size to order from the internet.


The best way to get the proper part is to remove the swivel arm and go to a store that carries this type of window hardware. Otherwise you might be wasting time driving to and from the store, returning parts you purchased and trying to find another part.

Aloha, Mike

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