The Hidden Secrets Of Replacement Window Handle

Choosing uPVC Replacement Window Handles

Most customers agree that these windows handles made of upvc are easy to fit and feel like good quality. However, it is important to realize that the type of handle you choose is the one that’s right for your window.

doorpanels Tea CircleThe primary factor is the step height that is the distance from the handle’s nose to the frame or base. Other considerations include lockable styles and mechanisms.

Replacement parts

There is a broad selection of replacement window handles made of upvc available to buy. There are many styles and colours to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that is compatible with the windows you have. It’s easy for you to purchase a product on impulse particularly when the handle breaks. It is therefore advisable to check a few things before purchasing an alternative. The first step is to be aware of the kind of upvc handles you own and what the differences are between them. The table below lists the most popular handles to help you select the best one to match your window.

The majority of double-glazed windows today have handles for epag. They are typically attached to the frame using two screws which screw in from above and below.

They have a spindle bar on the back which can come in a variety of sizes. This will determine how they work (either left or right handed). It is essential to know the measurements of the handle you need to ensure you order the appropriate replacement.

The arm is fixed to the frame by two bolts, similar to the Espag handle. However, the arm has a lower projection, so that it doesn’t damage your blinds. This is an ideal choice if you have blinds on your windows made of upvc and you want to make sure the handle will blend with them.

Cockspur handles are similar to Espag handles, however they have a nose which closes over a wedge which sits on the window frame. This kind of handle can be commonly used on older Upvc windows as well as on some wooden windows.

Tilt and turn handles are usually found on casement windows and can be operated by turning the handle or pushing at the top of the window. This lets you open the window from inside and clean it from outside without having to climb a ladder or step across the garden fence. They also make a great option for those with limited mobility and can be an excellent method to improve security and accessibility at home.

Hints and tips

There are many different kinds of uPVC window handles, and lots of people will need to replace them at some time. It’s important to have some tips and tricks to aid in the process.

Examine the type of handle that is in your home. Depending on the type of handle is attached to and what locking mechanism it is using it might be necessary to change the entire handle and lock. If the roller cams or shoot bolts (espags) are blocked or seizing up, you’ll need to replace them as well as the handle.

Thankfully, the majority of uPVC handles are very similar and follow industry standard sizes, making replacing them a fairly simple task. First, take off the screws that cover the handles. These are usually pozidrive screws. After the screws have been removed you will be able to dismantle the handle.

When you have the handle broken, it’s a good idea to make a note of how much of the spindle is protruding from the base of the handle. This will help you measure the length of the spindle to determine a replacement handle. To do this, take a measurement of the square peg sticking out from the bottom of the handle and use it as a reference.

This is particularly important for inline uPVC window handles because they will always be straight and can only open left or right, and won’t operate in the middle. If you’re unsure of the kind of handle you have in your home, it can be an excellent idea to borrow an existing handle from your neighbour’s home and observe the way it works to get an idea.

Another excellent way to figure out what handed the uPVC window handle is to simply look at how the handle moves when it is operating. Handed handles can be turned clockwise or counter-clockwise. If you are unsure you are, ask someone else to open the window using the handle and see how it works.

Find the spindle’s measurement.

It can be difficult to pick the correct replacement handle for uPVC Replacement Window Handles your window since different handles do not have the same size. The spindle operates the locking mechanism inside the window and it is crucial that when you fit the new handle, you measure the spindle length accurately to ensure it fits. There are many different kinds of uPVC window handles that work in different ways, so it is essential to know the type of handle you have as well as the type of locking system that you are using.

The spindle of the Espag handle is a part that extends from the rear of the handle and then into the lock gearbox inside the window frame. When you turn the handle, this will turn the lock inside the gearbox, allowing you to open the window. They are generally used on uPVC casement windows and they can be locked using keys to offer additional security.

Cockspur handles are usually found in older double-glazed uPVC window frames. They have a “nose”, which closes over a wedge-shaped striker block. They are also fairly simple and they can be locked using keys. They can be slightly more difficult to find replacements for as they aren’t as well-known as the espagnolette handle.

If you have an open tilt and turn uPVC window, you’ll require a particular type of uPVC replacement handle that has an additional locking mechanism. The handle will tilt the window and also allow it to rotate around to fully open it. It is essential to select the handle with an opening of at least 55mm to be able to reach the window frame.

The same method can be used to remove and replace the uPVC handle. However, you’ll have to be careful when unscrewing it. It might be necessary to open the window wider than usual to access both screws that secure it to the frame. After you have installed your new uPVC handle and ensured that it is in the proper position, you can tighten the screws, and test the lock to confirm that it functions properly.

Install the new handle

Once you have the correct handle replacement window handle, it’s going to be easy to screw it into the correct position. It will require a screwdriver, and an electric one may be easier. It is essential not to overtighten the screws when screwing them in. This could cause the knob or handle to swell.

Inserting the spindle is the second important step to attach the new handle. The spindle is the part that is inserted into the handle and operates the locking mechanism of the window. It is crucial that it is installed correctly since this will ensure that the window can be opened and closed securely.

There are many different kinds of uPVC window handles. They include:

Espagnolette Handles – these are inline handles that can be used on tilt and turn windows to open the window.

Cranked Espagnolette Handles: These are similar to inline handles, but have a curved design which is ideal for hard-to reach windows.

Tilt and Turn Handles – these are used on tilt and turn windows to control the closing and opening mechanisms.

The majority of uPVC window frames come with these. They are often called ‘Bay Windows in the UK.

If your uPVC window handle is broken, it can be very frustrating. There is no need to replace the entire uPVC window because of a broken window handle. There are a number of simple ways to fix and replace a damaged uPVC window handle.

By identifying the kind of window you have, measuring the spindle length and purchasing a replacement handle you can repair your broken window handle. It is essential to take your time and prioritise safety when working with windows and tools but this is a simple task. It can be the difference between having a secure and safe home or a unsecured easily opened window! If you have any questions or want to talk to a professional about replacing your window handle, call Bridgewater Glass. Our team is experienced and knowledgeable to help you with any issues.

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