This post answers the following questions:
- How do I replace a uPVC window handle
- How to open a uPVC window when the handle has broken
- How to fix a uPVC window handle
You tried to open or close your uPVC window and the handle snapped off in your hand.
Now you either can’t open the window (because it is closed) or can’t close it (because it is open).
This is a relatively simple fix that anyone with moderate physical health should be able to perform armed only with a screwdriver.
What You Need
You will need:
First of all, you will have to get yourself a new uPVC window handle. You can grab these from your local DIY store. The only thing you need to know is the length of the spindle. This is the square-shaped shaft that runs through the centre of the handle.
To check the length, you will need to take the broken handle off. This is a simple task as the handle will be affixed to the window by just two bolts and the spindle itself. The bolt heads may be hidden behind some plastic caps, which you can prise off using a flat-headed screwdriver. Then, simply unscrew the two bolts and pull the spindle out of the hole.
Then measure the length of the spindle with a tape measure to get the spindle length you require. If you are DIY-savvy, you could just get a handle with a long shaft and cut it to size with a hacksaw but this is not recommended for amateurs.
A better alternative is to buy a Universal uPVC Window Handle Kit from Amazon, which has next-day delivery and contains a set of different sized spindles (9, 15, 30, 40 and 55). This kit contains all the usual lengths of spindles, so should have the one you need.
How To Fit
Before you fit the new handle, it is prudent to check which way round you want it to go – you don’t want to turn to unlock it and find that the handle gets caught on the window frame!
Insert the spindle into the central hole on the window and screw in the two bolts either side with a screwdriver. Make sure that it is screwed in tight before pressing the caps onto the screw holes.
A Quick Note
If the old handle was stiff before it broke off, you may need new hinges on the window. Sadly, this goes beyond the scope of this article and you may have to call a professional.