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How to fix a loose window handle

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How to Fix a Loose Window Handle (uPVC)

A loose uPVC window handle can be the result of wear and tear or heavy and excessive use. Over time, the uPVC window handle can feel wobbly with no resistance when you operate the door. The handle no longer has its solid feel.


This is usually the result of loose screws on the base plate. Where the handle is attached to the window frame, the screws have come lose through constant use.


It’s quite normal and nothing to be concerned about.


To check that the handle is loose and not broken, refer to the image at the top of this page. Inspect the base plate to see if it has any gaps around the frame where it connects to the window frame.


To fix the loose window handle, you just need to tighten the screws and this takes five minutes with a cross-head screwdriver.


Watch our Everest Expert to see how you access the base plate to tighten the screws on your loose window handle.


How to fix a loose uPVC window handle

Follow the steps below to tighten your window handle.


There are two screws that hold the handle in place at the top and bottom of the handle. These are usually covered by plastic caps.


To remove the caps, 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.

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.

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