Door and window handles are things that we use every day in to enter and exit our homes or let some fresh air in. Unfortunately, this constant use can cause wear and tear, eventually leading to permanent damage.
Having a loose or broken window handle can be a pain. You’ll probably still be able to open and close your window, but you probably won’t be able to secure it, so if a strong gust of wind comes along, it will blow open. This is why we put this piece together, explaining how to fix an aluminium window handle.
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How To Fix A Loose Aluminium Window Handle
If your aluminium window handles don’t need to be replaced and only need to be tightened, follow the steps below to tighten them.
Before you can start adjusting anything about your window handles, you will need to remove the plastic caps covering the two screws at the top and bottom of the handle. You can do this with a flathead screwdriver or your fingernail if you can.
You might need to set the handle to the open position to gain access to the bottom screw, so do this now before you make any further adjustments.
Once you’ve removed the plastic cap on the top screw, you can tighten it with your screwdriver. Be wary of making it too tight and stripping the screw.
Now you can adjust the bottom screw in a similar fashion while also being careful not to strip the screw.
After you’ve tightened both screws, you can replace the plastic caps, and your aluminium window handle should now operate as normal.
How to Replace Aluminium Window Handles
If the handle of your aluminium window is beyond repair, then it might be a better idea to replace your window handle entirely.
Once again, before adjusting or replacing any part of your window handle, you’ll need to remove the plastic caps covering the screws at the top and bottom of your handle.
You can do this with a flathead screwdriver, a fingernail, or any other tool that can lift the plastic caps without damaging them.
Once you’ve removed the plastic caps and gained access to the two screws, you should start by unscrewing the bottom screw. This will prevent the handle from becoming loose and swinging.
Unscrew the top screw and remove the handle from your window frame.
Now that you’ve removed your old window handle, you can start installing your new window handle with the supplied screws.
Start with the top screw and line up the hole in the handle with the hole in the window frame. You can either drill or screw the top screw in. Just be careful not to tighten it too much, as you’ll end up stripping the screw.
When the top screw has been tightened, line up the bottom hole of the window handle with the bottom hole of the window frame. You can then either drill or screw the bottom screw in.
Once both screws have been adequately tightened and the window handle seems to be functioning correctly, you can replace the plastic caps that cover the screws, either with the plastic caps from your old handle or new ones if they come with your new window handle.
Yes, timber windows are often cheaper than aluminium windows; however, there are good reasons for this, as aluminium windows are much stronger than timber windows, as they will dent or bend if they are damaged, unlike timber window frames that will crack or splinter.
Aluminium windows also don’t ever need to be varnished or painted, especially if they have a powder coating, so while timber window frames are cheaper, they aren’t always the best option.
Can window hinges be repaired?
Yes, window hinges can be repaired quite easily if you have some experience with DIY projects, but if you don’t, it would be a good idea to get a professional in.