Clays Locksmiths Leicester were called out the other day to a lady who could not close the window . She described to me over the phone that her bedroom window all of a sudden wouldn’t shut and she informed me that the window had an aluminium frame and was not double glazed. On arrival I noticed that these windows were very old but Were in fact double glazed, and she pointed out to me that the window was on the second floor of the house.
On inspection Clays Locksmiths Leicester noticed that one of the hinges had been bent and this is why the window would not close. I measured the hinges and it was quite a large window that was fitted, with a 20 inch hinge which fortunately I had a spare set of in the van . When changing a hinge you do not just replace the one that is broken, you always replace the pair as the angle when opening the window could be slightly different on the new hinge. Now this was a large window and not only that, it was an up and over window which meant I had to be extra careful removing the window from the frame . On this occasion I took a young apprentice with me who could hold and steady the window whilst I removed the hinges from the frame . To make it even more difficult the hinges had been pop riveted onto the frame so these had to be drilled out. When all pop rivets were removed we brought the window into the room and started removing the hinges from the window. Clays locksmiths Leicester also keep a wide range of parts needed for double glazing repairs. After fitting the new hinges to the frame we then got the window into its original position and screwed the hinges onto the aluminium window frame .After a slight adjustment the window was closing exactly as it should.
This is not really a job for a DIY enthusiast to take on as it can be dangerous not only for yourself ,but it is possible you could drop the window whilst trying to remove it and causing injury to somebody below. Leave this to a specialists like Clays locksmiths Leicester.
The up and over windows are a lot more difficult to work on than a normal side opening window. Especially when they are very large and you have to use ladders to get to them. And can be made even more hazardous when you are not working on the ground floor. Clays locksmiths Leicester will be downloading a video soon on our website giving you tips on how to remove and install hinges on this type of window.