14) How To Replace Window Sash Lock?
Don’t overthink about replacing the locks. There are many cost-effective options available for you. However, if the screws are loose, you can tighten them. If that doesn’t work, maybe the holes have become too loose, or the lock itself has become way too loose.
You should consider replacing the locks if:
- They don’t hold your window firmly and often come loose that they get unlocked.
- The windows and the locks have started to rattle, and the winds don’t help the situation.
What do you need to do? Grab a screwdriver and a new fastener, because you are going to do it yourself!
Step One: Remove All The Screws
If the lock is already too loose, you can use a screwdriver to undo the screws. However, you may use the drill if they are still stuck too tight.
Step Two: Remove The Fastener
After removing the screw, take the old lock off. Now, you might have to clean out the area and ensure that there isn’t any dust, debris, or other elements sticking around. After that, you can also use clay to fill up the old drill holes and provide it a firmness.
Then you can go ahead and place a new fastener there for the same holes. Alternatively, you can dig out new holes if the gapping is shorter or longer than before.
The best idea is to get the exact size fastener before and place it in the same location.
Step Three: Fit The New Lock
Use the new screws of the new fastener to install it. As mentioned earlier, if the holes were too big or loose, you could use clay. Alternatively, you can also fill them by using plastic coverings for your screws. They help in providing firmness.
Either way, once you are done with the process, you will have a new fastener ready to use. Make sure to give it a test run. The clay isn’t the replacement of the wood. It just helps to fill the gap. If you’re still having the loose problem, you might want to replace the window’s frame or the entire sash window.