How To Replace Broken Window Locks
A broken window lock compromises your safety since it serves as an entry point to intruders. It is therefore essential to secure the area in due time before proper experts come to your aid. Most windows are fitted with ESPAG locks. You take different steps on how to replace broken window locks when the window is opened and closed.
So, when the lock is broken when the windows are opened, you first measure the distance between the edge and the center of the handle. You then assess the manufacturer’s instruction on the locking and the code; the information will help you locate the correct replacement lock. You then remove the handle of your opening then the broken lock.
You then replace it with the new lock lining it up with screw holes from the area you removed the handle. After this, refit the handle. Place the faceplate on the locking, ensuring the screw used is suitable for the window’s material. If the new locking is not compatible with your receiver, removed the receiver. If the aperture is closed, you must contact a reputable expert to help you secure the locking. The process only requires the expertise of a locksmith.
There are steps you can take before an expert comes to your aid to help you replace the lock. For instance, double-hung vertical sliders are fastened with nails. While securing horizontal sliders would require a blocking device that uses minimal labor. Here is what you do for double-hung windows: you start by marking the top corner of a bottom window sash on both sides. This gives you direction when drilling holes. You do not want drilled holes to penetrate through your opening sash intersecting a glass as well as the corners of the aperture strap.
After marking, you go ahead and drill a 3/16 diameter hole on both sashes with a power drill. The drilled holes will penetrate the top strap but should not through the other opposite side. After you have undertaken this, you will then insert a four-inch nail in both holes. The nail should be long enough to go through the top sash to the bottom, ensuring you secure the opening. If you wish to open your aperture, you pull the nails out and set them aside.
For vertical sliders, you will first measure your aperture track on which the aperture slides open. Apply the measurement to a one-inch diameter dowel. Cut the wooden dowel on the edges of the measured line using a handsaw. The dowel should be half an inch shorter than the track and not longer than that. Place the dowel on the trail when your aperture is closed. This ensures the opening does not slide when opened.