I recovered a quality PVC frame and window from a skip the other day,
its lockable and yes you guessed it its in the locked position and no
key!!!! anyone know how to open and replace the locks on these?
Is it a easy or difficult job??
Not with them in the locked position he won't. One screw wil lbe covered by
the locked handle.
The keys are rubbish. You can probably pick them with a paperclip. failing
that jam a medium screwdriver in the key slot and force it open. New
complete handles are very cheap to the trade. A local supplier gave me some.
A locksmith should be able to do it for you. How easy depends on the
lock, but theyre usually low security.
Or you could visit howstuffworks.com and read up on basic lockpicking.
Or failing everything else you might have to smash the window instead
On a similar vein... SWMBO wants me to replace the horribly corroded
brass (effect) handle on the bathroom UPVC window. I got a replacement
easily enough - Screwfix stock 'em).
Unfortunately, now I come to fit it, I discover that the current
handle has only one screw, accessible when the handle in the open
position (we still have the key!) But there is obviously something,
presumably a second screw, holding the other side of the handle in
place but how the dickens do I get to it? Please don't tell me I have
to remove the glazing bars and the d/g panel. Could it REALLY be
screwed from the inside or is there some trick?
For any officionados or UPVC historians, the window was fitted over
ten years ago by a long-since bankrupt outfit. The glazing bars are
internal but it doesn't have the super secure, multipoint locks that
current units have. The handle simple operates a steel strip which
slides along the bottom of the frame. It carries a couple of bolts
which engage in fishplates on the sill. There are four screws through
slots in the steel strip which act as guides but removing these
doesn't allow the strip to slide out so no secrets there. There are no
other visible screws at all!
Anyone have any experience / advice?
firstname.lastname@example.org (N. Thornton) wrote in message
Back from holidays - time to pick up the DIY tasks and newsgroup
I've taken another look at the handle on my UPVC window. There is a
screw on one side which is accessible with the handle in the open
position but the other side is solid metal - no cover obscuring
Although the current handle is very badly pitted and corroded, it
still works OK so I'm reluctant to get the drill out or to try brute
force as I don't want to end up replacing the whole window (or
rebuilding the house!).
Funny how you never have a portable X-Ray machine around when you
really need one isn't it? I'm sure there must be some magic trick to
remove the old handle. Anyone know any incantations?
Colin Swan <colin AT nildram DOT net> wrote in message
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