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How to fix a loose window handle

How to fix a loose window handle


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How to fix a loose window handle

Over time or due to heavy use window handles can become loose resulting in a wobbly handle that loses its solid feel when using. This is frequently due to the base plate which holds the handle to the window frame coming loose at the screws. You can check if the handle has come loose by looking under the base plate to see if you can see a gap as shown in the image at the top of this page.


If it looks to be a simple case of the base plate coming loose then it is easy to tighten the screws and the only tool you will need is a standard cross-head screwdriver. There are 2 screws that hold the handle in place at the top and bottom of the handle. These are usually covered by plastic caps. This is done by pressing done at the base of the plate or sometimes the top caps are held in place with a light adhesive. To deal with these you will need to prise them off carefully with a suitable tool or a fingernail. You will need to raise the handle into the open position to reach the bottom screw. Replace caps after tightening.


Simple 5 step process

Follow the steps below to tighten your window handle.

Step 1

Step 1

Remove the screw head cap from the top screw.

Step 2

Tighten the top screw.

Step 2
Step 3

Step 3

Lift handle and remove the bottom screw head cap.

Step 4

Tighten the bottom screw.

Step 4
Step 5

Step 5

Replace caps and you are all done.