1. S

    How to open door with a shattered spindle follower

    My uPVC patio door handle recently stopped working. When I took the handle off and removed the spindle, I found that the 'follower' (square hole that the spindle goes in to) has shattered. I've attached a photo where you can see that the bottom and right side of the follower has broken off. I...
  2. DanRobertsB

    Sliding doors SE London - uPVC vs Composite/Velfac vs Aluminium (Rosewood/White)

    Hi, I need to replace a single glazed (security glass) 2 pane external sliding door, c. 2380 mm wide / 2082mm high. Near Crystal Palace. The current one is hardwood with two single panes of security glass, but is in a poor state and would need significant rebuilding (I'm open to that, but can't...
  3. S

    Hidden Alarm Cable in Window Frame

    Hi all, I'm currently 1st fixing my security alarm cable in my own self build and I am trying to minimise any visible cable / trunking on / around the window frame. It's all hard wired as I am not a great fan of wireless. The frames are UPVC. I have already fitted 2 concealed Elmdene flush...
  4. D

    Divide existing single uPVC window into 2 panels, one glass, one infill panel for cat flap

    I'd like to put a catflap into a tall, narrow double-glazed window (300mm x 1800mm), but the window isn't wide enough for a new glass panel with circular cutout for cat flap adapter. The next best solution would be to divide the window into 2 panels. a 300mm x 300mm infill panel at the bottom...
  5. D

    Plastic float to prevent scratching uPVC

    What sort of float is used when plastering/skimming around uPVC windows so the white uPVC doesn't get scratched by a steel float? I looked on Screwfix but maybe I wasn't using the right search term, I couldn't find anything that looked right. Tnx Dain
  6. Q

    Perfect Fit Conservatory window blinds

    Hi. A few years a go I purchased window blinds using the perfect fit mechanism where they 'slot' in behind the rubber seal in UPVC windows. They've been in for nearly 5 years now but the seals in a few of the windows have stretched or something and the blinds are not flush to the top of the...
  7. S

    uPvc sash - How to restrict opening of lower pane only?

    Hello! I need to restrict the opening of the lower pane of a uPvc sash window - any idea how to do that? It needs to be something that is either permanent or can be locked with a key. I've seen sash window restrictors, but if locked they restrict opening of both windows. I only want to...
  8. B

    Screw fell out of uPVC butt hinge

    I have a misaligned uPCV external door with butt hinges (not sure which manufacturer, but is 3D adjustment type). The bottom hinge is clearly out of alignment and recently a small screw fell out the bottom - my guess is that it has just worked loose over time. I have tried to push and screw...
  9. S

    Which Brand / Product

    Hoping the community can help, Attempting to identify the manufacturer & product line of the following: With thanks, SL
  10. S

    Identify these parts

    Seeking the community's help in identifying the make and specific model no's - of the parts in the pics. Hoping for a) Manufacturer b) specific model number. My Aim: To simply take off the old ones (hinges), and swap them out with fresh clones. Hoping someone can help.
  11. M

    Window showing signs of condensation

    The UPVC windows in my house are showing signs of condensation and this is darkening the net curtains . Can this possibly be repaired or what can be done to correct this. Thank you
  12. cwhaley

    French Door sill too short!

    As per the title -- the sill for my French doors is short by about 10-15mm either end. This is because the builders didn't read the plans properly and have built the opening too wide. Unfortunately it's too late for them to do anything now so I'm on my own. I've spent a good few hours trying to...
  13. R

    Replace uPVC Window Sill Connector

    Is it possible to replace a 135° angle joint/connector on a uPVC window sill without taking the whole frame out? Or do I just buy a connector, cut out the inside, glue to the top of the sill and hope it lasts?
  14. M

    Plaster around window showing surface water bottom corners

    Hi everyone, I recently had new upvc windows installed around my house. We have an issue in particular with the kitchen window. We notice more when it’s been raining that there is surface water in the bottom corners on the plaster around the window. I wipe it away and it comes back. When...
  15. P

    Cutting uPVC beading

    I have replaced quite a few of my misted sealed units over the past year or two but one or two of the beads could do with replacing as well. I have sourced some of the correct beading - it’s internal, rounded beading for Rehau frames. I’d originally thought cutting the 45 degree ends would...
  16. L

    Leaking gutter joint (standard seals?)

    Hoping for some advice on resolving a leaking gutter joint which drips constantly when it rains. The seal seems to be worn out and from a quick look online, it seems some people replace the seal, others the whole joint and some just bung in a bit of silicone sealant. Strangely, in some cases...
  17. T

    Window Sealing?

    Hi, During our renovations we have removed the wallpaper and along with this the UPVC “edge” around the window has come off. What products would you use to “connect” the windows to the wall and to get rid of the unsightly gaps? Thank you
  18. C

    Replacing 30 year old uPVC windows, worth it?

    Hi all I’ve recently moved into a 100+ years old terraced with large uPVC windows. Most of the sealed units have blown and misted up so need replacing. However the hinges, handles and locks are all also a bit knackered. So even when closed there are gaps at the tops of the openers where draught...
  19. Rob broom

    Installing UPVC windows

    Hi all, I have a couple of queeries with installing UPVC windows. 1: Fixing the top of the window into a Catnic. I have read that the windows should not be screwed up into a catnic, which does make sense regarding water and damp getting through the holes. Can i get conformation that i...
  20. Rob broom

    Window Sill Overhang

    Hi there. How much projection or overhang would people suggest i have from the finished render. I am about to order windows for my self build, but have to choose either a 150mm wide sill, or a 180mm sill. The 150mm sill will give me around 40mm projection, and the 180 will obviously give me...