"I bought a repossessed house, and there was no key left for the conservatory window locks. Happily (or maybe not from a security point of view!) they'd been left unlocked, so swapping these on was a doddle. The spindle is long, so needs cut back to the right length - it's a bit of a long job with a hacksaw, however it's a doddle with an angle grinder! (if you don't have one, get one!) Finally, I thought I could use these to replace other window handles on older windows in the house itself, as they didn't lock at all, but these handles have a 5mm spindle, and the older ones in my house were 7mm, so these are no use for that (you can get sleeves to bulk up the spindle from specialist locksmiths, but probably best to buy a handle with the right spindle size in the first place!)"
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Review 2 for ERA Charisma uPVC Window Handle White
"At the price I thought these might be wobbly and flimsy, but was pleasantly surprised by the tightness of the closing action, the materials used, and the overall finish.
The double glazing is about 30 years old and the original silver handles were tacky and loose through use over the years. I just wanted to tart it up a bit without spending much money.
No problem with the alignment of the bolt holes into the "spags" (espagnolette - the mechanism in the side or bottom of the window with the sliders that lock into the socket "keeps" on the frame).
An easy enough DIY job for someone competent with a screwdriver, with the patience and forward planning capacity to look first and align the handle before jumping in and screwing it on the wrong way, and with access to a hacksaw and vice to cut the spindle to length if required.
It was not easy trying to hold down the handle on eg. a block of wood and saw the fixed-in spindle without it moving around and scraping the white finish on the handle. I did get the job done by wrapping it in slightly a dampened sponge cloth, but it would have been much easier (and safer) with a vice."
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Review 5 for ERA Charisma uPVC Window Handle White
I ordered 21 of these nice white window locks to replace the normal type of non-key window push button locks?
I must say for a cheap window lock they are very good, nice and soild you get two keys per lock in the bags they all are sealed in!
One thing you should note, these window locking handles can turn quarter of a turn left and right of the middle of the lock?
I found that beause of this fact you would think. ah, I can fit them on left or right windows?
Well, you can fit them to the frames of left or right opening windows,
But remember you must turn them so the handles for the big windows left or right locked have the handles hanging down and the small windows the handles locked facing to your right as you look at the window inside?
Because of the fact I first see the handles unlocked could turn left or right I wrongly thought ah. I have to fit them on the big windows with the handles pointed up not down on the right hand windows and facing down on the left big windows because of the way the windows locking system worked?
But I mis-read this moment of the locks?
So remember big windows handles always hanging down with the lock part at the top and for small windows facing to the right with the lock on the left side as seen inside? great locks very strong and plenty of spare keys too, plus they have the to long screws too,
I think you should do what I did, and spray WD40 onto all the screws shafts before driving them in by a very slow set screwdriving drill to almost the full way then finish the tightening of it by hand cross head screwdriver so you don't damage the screws as they are less hard metal than some?
Lastly you only have one screw white rubber cover with each set to cover the top screw, the bottom screw is covered by the handle in the locked state?
You get a nice soild cheap and well made lock here for a great price too!"