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Epimenides 02-10-2013 02:06 PM

uPVC window handle won't close window properly, how can I fix it?
The handle on one of my uPVC windows won't turn to keep the window shut. The window doesn't form a seal against the frame so it is getting cold in here! I've noticed that there's a small metal pin sticking out of the handle fitting. On another (working) window in the house, this metal pin is flush with the handle fitting. Here are some links to pics for comparison:
Bad window:

Good window:

What is this metal pin? Is it kind of safety catch? If so, how do I release it?

If the pin isn't the problem, how can I get this window to close properly? There are no screws to undo the handle. The locking mechanism seems to be via two sliding bolts on the bottom edge of the window.

Failing getting the window working, how can I seal the gap between the window and the frame to stop the heat getting out?

Thanks for reading.

joecaption 02-10-2013 02:11 PM

I've never seen one with a pin, any I've seen use an allen head set screw.
If indeed it is a pin my guess would be it's worked it's way out and needs to be tapped back in place or it's sheared off and is now falling out.

Epimenides 02-10-2013 02:17 PM

Thanks for the reply.

What does the allen key usually do? Does it attach the handle to a spindle?

joecaption 02-10-2013 02:45 PM

The handle may be on a splined shaft with a tured place in the middle of it where the screw would set into.
Not a great picture but look at the shaft on the top right.

I know this is not what you have exactly just trying to show you the shaft.

Epimenides 02-10-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks. I can't get the pin to move at all so I'm going to have to seal the window up with cardboard and tape.

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