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Old 10-08-2007, 04:42 PM   #1
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Keyed locks for windows, no sill plate, help!

OK, need some help folks. And hopefully this is the right forum area. Here's my problem...

We have an autistic 5 year old son, and we have a 2 story home with 6 windows on the second story. It's a new home (built in 2005) and the windows are all vinyl and have built in "child safety" latches...that fail to work. Needless to say he has on multiple occassions opened these windows, and the screens and we've found him throwing things out of the second story windows...and are scared to death he might toss himself out next.

I went to Lowes, Home Depot, and the local hardware store and couldn't find what I'm looking for.

While I found several keyed locking latches that mount to the window none of them will work with my windows. You see the problem is there is nowhere to mount the receiving plate for these locks. The top pane of the window has no sill on the bottom. The existing latch receiver is molded into the bottom part of the top window pane. So a set up that looks like a conventional window latch (but with a key..which is what I want..something with a key) won't work.

Any ideas? I need something keyed that will stop the window from opening when there is no place to mount a receiving plate for a standard type latch. I thought maybe a track lock would exist..but having problems finding these too.

Help before my son jumps out a window!


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Old 10-09-2007, 10:13 AM   #2
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Maybe something here will work?


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