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Opening an inaccessible Velux window - any ideas?

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MangoIsTheNewApple Tue 19-Jul-16 12:18:50

I really need to open (and later, close) a Velux window above a stairwell. It's horribly damp up there which has caused mould on the wall nearby, not to mention covered with cobwebs and generally mucky. I'm getting it repainted, but it will get damp up there again very quickly if the window stays shut (it's the highest point in the house so all the hot air rises and then condenses there).

Short of a very long stair ladder (not an option, nowhere to keep it), is there any way of getting it open and shut? I wondered if anyone had discovered special poles or something that would allowe me to do it?

Minniemagoo Tue 19-Jul-16 12:22:35

We have a 12 foot pole for opening our vekux at the top of the landing (you still need to stand on a chair with it as it's a very high roof). It works great and AFAIK they are available from vekux.

Minniemagoo Tue 19-Jul-16 12:23:10

I don't know why velux keeps autocorrect in to vekux (is that even a word?)

KayJBee Tue 19-Jul-16 12:27:38

We have an extending pole. This is the official velux one but I'm sure there are cheaper copies on the market.

LyndaNotLinda Tue 19-Jul-16 12:32:24

I have a pole with a hook on the end of it too.

MangoIsTheNewApple Tue 19-Jul-16 12:53:03

That's exactly what I need, thanks! For some reason all I could find via Google was the blind opening pole, which (as we don't have a blind) is entirely unnecessary.

whois Tue 19-Jul-16 13:28:40

I have a pole with a hook on the end of it too.
My parents have a massive pole wiht hook for opening a velux in a double-hight atrium thinggy. Does the job.

MangoIsTheNewApple Tue 19-Jul-16 14:28:44

If anyone else is looking, I found the Velux window pole (not to be confused with the blind pole) for £19 on Amazon, down from £30 on the Velux site.

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