If you have moved into a new property and did not receive your UPVC window keys or maybe you have just misplaced them and cannot unlock or lock your windows have no fear. Changing a window handle is extremely easy yet it is one of them tasks most of us will call in a handyman or locksmith to help us with. However if you knew how easy and simple the process is, you may take this upon yourself.
In this article we will explain the exact steps taken in order to change your UPVC window handles. For any other useful tips on your home security please visit our Locksmith Blog.
You Will Need
In order to unlock and change your UPVC window handle you will require the following:
1 Window handle the same if not similar to the window handle you are replacing
1 Thin knife or thin piece of metal
1 Tape measure
Step 1: The first step is to unlock your window handle. You will need to grab the thinnest knife you can find in your kitchen or a very thin piece of metal such as that on the back of a measuring tape. Place the knife between where the window handle moves, this can be seen in the image below. Once the knife is in place this should release the catch allowing you to unlock the window. Disclaimer: this technique of unlocking UPVC window handles doesn’t always work but this does work around 60% of the time.
Step 2: Once the window is unlocked remove the screw cover on the top screw. Grab your screwdriver and remove the screw .
Step 3: Repeat the last step for the bottom screw.
Step 4: Once both screws are removed you should be able to remove the handle.
Step 5: Once the handle is removed you will then have to measure the spindle size, so grab a tape measure and measure the spinel.
Step 6: The next step is to grab your replacement handle along with the correct sized spindle. Insert the spindle into the handle then insert the whole window handle into the same place you removed the old one.
Step 7: Next grab your 2 new screws and the screwdriver and tightern. Then grab the 2 screw covers and insert them to cover the screws.
Step 8: Next test the window handle to ensure it works correctly by opening, closing then locking the window several times.
If you followed this handy guide step by step the whole process probability took you less than 10 minutes and saved you money. This article was written by Calan Wells-Raynes, a manager at ITCC Locksmiths in London.