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I am Patty Spencer the founder and owner of Fresh Air Sash Cord Repair, Inc.

I have a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and worked as a consulting engineer before I started my family and Fresh Air Sash Cord Repair. My strong technical background, mechanical aptitude, and attention to detail are unique assets that I pass on to every Fresh Air customer. In my consulting career I also gained valuable experience in working with clients and running a business.

My first window repair was in 1992 on a bathroom window in my own 91 year old Northeast Portland home. It was a humbling experience! I realized that window repair required knowledge, patience and skills, so I set out to learn everything I could about double-hung windows in older Portland homes. I read many home-repair books, talked to contractors, began acquiring tools and repaired the rest of the windows in my home. I also embarked on many of my own remodeling projects, gaining insight and appreciation for home remodeling and working with contractors. Seven years later, in 1999, I started Fresh Air Sash Cord Repair. Since then, I have repaired nearly 3,600 windows in over 764 homes in the Portland metro area.

Before I begin my work with you, I schedule time to discuss your project thoroughly. I will come to your home at no charge* and inspect every window that concerns you. I’ll show you pictures, describe the repair options and procedures, address related concerns such as painting, glass repair, storm windows etc. If this repair is part of a larger remodeling project, we can discuss how I can work with your other trades people. We’ll discuss costs and timing and I will give you a firm bid. At that point we will schedule the repair work. I only schedule one client at a time, so you will receive my undivided attention for the duration of your project.

For most of us, our homes are our biggest financial investment – and we feel a strong attachment to them. You have chosen to live in a home with history and recognize the intrinsic value of its original windows. So I want to make sure that you, my client, have the information you need before you make any decisions, and that you feel 100 percent comfortable with your choices.

Licensed, Bonded, Insured, CCB/LBPR#184991

State of Oregon Certified Firm and Renovator. Fresh Air Sash Cord Repair, Inc. is a Certified Firm and I am a Certified Renovator. These certifications require lead-safe Renovation, Repair and Painting. October 2009, January 2010, and June 2015.

Through a Glass Respectfully, article published in the Northwest Renovation Magazine, February/March, 2010. Through a Glass Respectfully.

Restoring Old Windows is "Green" Solution, article published in The Hollywood Star News, April, 2010.
Old Window-Green Solution.

A Breath of Fresh Air, article by Blythe Knott, published in the Alameda Community Association Newsletter, April/May 2010.
A Breath of Fresh Air.

Window Whisperer, article published in the Portland Tribune, November 20, 2008.

Presented "The Basics of Wood Window Repair", 2011-2017, to support Portland's Architectural Heritage Center's education programs.

Participated in the North American Window Preservation Standards Collaborative Summits II and III; 2015 and 2017. Presented at Summit III.

Completed “Save Your Wood Windows” Hands-on Training Program, 2008.

Completed Lead Learning Center 8 hour Certified Lead Renovator Training, 2015.

Completed OSU Lead-Based Paint Training Program for Remodeling, Repair, and Painting, 2008.

Completed HUD/NARI Lead Remodeler’s Training Program, 1999.

Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation,

Charter Member, Window Preservation Alliance,

Member, Restore Oregon,

Member, Architectural Heritage Center,

Can be found on Angie’s List,

Giving back to the community – For many years, I have supported my children’s school’s fundraising auctions, as well as the 2007 Alameda House renovation project.

*I charge a nominal fee for real estate transactions, which I will apply to repair work after closing.


Photo of windows before repair Open window with curtains blowing in the breeze.


Photo of windows after repair Photo of a smiling Patty sitting in her truck.