I just replaced two of my long window crank arms with the shorter “propeller” type that don’t stick out so far. It does take more time to turn them to open the windows though. I bought a package of two (aisle 16 at Home Depot, right hand side about stomach height, $5.78). These are “universal”–come with 5 sizes of plastic sheath (ours need no. 3). The Home Depot propellers are slightly smaller in outside diameter than the original cranks, so a thin ring of bare metal shows. Not a big deal but since I was painting anyway I decided to put the red plastic cap back on, mask the screen, and spray paint them. (Better idea: use a small brush!) Below are a series of photos illustrating the process.
Amazon.com has 2 similar products for roughly the same price:
Ideal Security, 4-pack for $8, and Prime Line, 2 for $5.78.
If you didn’t do “match existing” and want to replace all of yours, a full set including the “Juliet windows” would need 11 of these I think (4 living room, 2 foyer, 3 family, 2 master bedroom). If anyone tries the amazon models, please report here in the comments whether those cover the entire metal base.
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