Replacing a damaged or broken window handle is a relatively easy task and, with the right tools, it can be done quickly. It is important to know the type of handle you have and the spindle’s size before purchasing an alternative.
Older uPVC window handles have a spur which protrudes and locks on a wedge striker for cockspur. They can be left or right-handed and must be to match when replacing.
What kind of lock and handle do I have?
There are a variety of upvc window locks and handles, each with its particular advantages and uses. The type of handle that you have will determine whether or not the locking mechanism you have is effective and if it’s easy to open the windows. As time passes, and with regular use the handles made of upvc on your windows can become damaged and worn out. This makes them less secure and less effective. In some instances they might even be completely removed. It is important to repair the handles on your window made of upvc when you see they are falling off. This will stop possible burglaries, and keep your house safe.
It is a good thing that replacing your window handles made of plastic is a simple task that can be completed by nearly anyone. With a few basic tools and the right information it’s a simple process that shouldn’t take more than a couple minutes. It is important to know the kind of handle or lock that you have on your window. This will help you choose the appropriate replacement handles for windows.
Inline Espagnolette Handles
They are typically located on the outside of the window. They are flat and come with an open latch that is connected to the locking mechanism of the window frame. Inline upvc handles have a spindle that runs through the middle of the handle and into the window frame to control the latch.
They are usually found on older uPVC windows and feature a distinctive hook-shaped design. Cockspur handles are secured to the window frame by one screw, and are less secure than other varieties of window handles.
Handles that turn and tilt
The tilt and turn handles differ from other upvc handles in that they can be turned to open the window and then tilted into the window to allow air circulation. Generally, they feature a 7mm spindle on the side of the handle. They are available in both left and right handed versions.
It is important to measure the spindle size when buying replacement handles made of upvc. There are a few that are the exact same size. To test the length of your upvc handle, simply drop something in the middle of the hole and then measure how far it extends before it reaches an obstruction. This is the maximum spindle length that will fit in your window.
What is the spindle?
uPVC window handles function similarly as doors. By turning the handle, you can open a latch in the frame. This opens the window so it can be shut and opened. But, at times, these handles can become damaged, especially when they are used frequently or exposed to harsh weather conditions. You may need to replace the handles on your uPVC window if they are not functioning properly.
There are many types of uPVC handle options, such as Espag, Cockspur, and Spaded handles. These handles are designed to fit in the uPVC frames in a variety of ways, and each type of handle has a particular spindle that is used to secure the mechanism to the window. This is why it is crucial to know what type of handle is installed on your uPVC window so you can get the correct replacement for it.
The base of the handle will inform you what type of uPVC it is. There should be a “snap in cover over one screw which holds the handle base in place. Remove this and then you should be able see the second holding screw on the opposite side of the base of the handle. After both screws are removed you should be capable of pulling the handle away from the uPVC window.
After taking off the uPVC handle, carefully remove it from the locking mechanism. Take careful note of the length of the spindle, as you’ll need to ensure that you buy a replacement that has the same length as your original handle and locking mechanism.
The spindle wears down and cannot operate the locking mechanism. This can be due to wear and tear from continuous use or loosening of the locking mechanism, or even rust over time. If this happens, it is required to replace the window handle and locking mechanism to restore complete functionality to your uPVC windows.
How do I remove the old handle?
Through time and regular use, window handles may become damaged or broken and when this happens, it is essential to fix them as quickly as possible to ensure the security of your home. It is good to know that replacing a worn or damaged handle is a relatively simple task that can be accomplished in just over one minute and doesn’t require any specialized tools.
The first step to remove the handle that was previously used is to remove the screw that is located at the top of the base of the handle. After the screw is removed, the handle will be pulled away. Another screw will be located at the base of the handle. This too can be removed. After these two screws are removed, the handle can be removed from the window’s base.
After the handle has been removed, you can take the new handle and line up the fixing holes with the holes present in the window frame. There might be a small cap or sticker on the new handle, so remove the caps if needed, and then screw the handle into its place. It is important to check whether the handle functions after it is put in place. Turn the handle over and ensure that the lock mechanism is activated.
Espag handles have spindles that protrude out of the handle and slot into the multipoint locking mechanism of the window frame. Cadenza windows come with blades with cut-outs that slot into the lock mechanism while Cockspur handles have a long nose that is able to hook over either the outer frame or the transom bar cross member within the window.
Once you have the new handle in place, slide the spindle inside the lock in the window and then tighten it down. Once the handle is securely fixed in place, replace the’snap in’ cover and the screw cap (if appropriate). Now that the handle is ready for use, open and close the window a couple of times to make sure that it functions properly and securely.
How do I install the new handle?
Changing your uPVC window handle isn’t a big deal and the process is simple. All you require is a screwdriver, and a small amount of patience. The first step is to ensure that the handle you have previously used is in the unlocked position and then take out any screws that are visible, you can also replace them by screw caps if you need. After the handle has been removed, you need to make an outline of the length of the spindle that protrudes from the back of the handle. This is crucial as it will determine the kind of handle that you will need to purchase.
Espagnolette handles are the most commonly used kind of handle that is used on uPVC windows. They have a spindle which is connected to the handle and acts as an internal locking mechanism within the window frame. When the handle is turned, it releases the latch on the window and allows it to open. As time passes and with regular use, espagnolette handles may be damaged or destroyed which is why it is essential to locate replacements.
Cadenza handles are another type of uPVC window handle that is commonly used on tilt and turn windows. They have an elongated blade that functions as an interlocking mechanism that is multipoint within the window. They are more secure than espagnolette handle as they can only open from the inside. They can be replaced using the same procedure as you would for espagnolette handles however, ensure that the new handle is not angled and flat.
Once you have determined the correct handle to purchase You can simply place the new handle to the existing screw holes and then screw it in place. Then, put the screw covers on and test your new handle. This is done by moving the handle from locked to the unlocked position and vice versa several times. If you have any issues, it might be beneficial to speak with a professional to determine if they can help resolve the problem. They can provide advice on how to fix the issue in a timely and efficient manner.