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Broken mechanism on upvc window

Hi,
I have a bathroom pvc window that the handle swings and doesn’t lock/unlock and the mech is stuck in the lock position so can’t close it.
I think it’s the gearbox that has gone and have been looking into replacements. It’s stamped maco gr 801-1100. My issue is it’s quite difficult to get to (1st floor flat) and reluctant to try it myself in case I’m barking up the wrong tree. I was told by someone it’s impossible to fix and need a whole new window but looking at YouTube vids seems relatively straight forward to replace. Am I on the right track and if so would paying someone to fix it for me be expensive or should I give it a go myself!
Thanks I’m advance

6 Answers from MyBuilder Window & Door Fitters

The latest lock you need could be a gr8,it’s usually a 22 or 20 backset, and you can change them,yes they can be awkward as sometimes you have to take the glass out and drill the lock out,but sometimes it could be just the handle spindle that could be broke either way you do not need a new window,, £80-£85 max to replace

2019-09-02T08:55:02+01:00

Answered 2nd Sep 2019

Whilst it is nice to save a few ££ by doing things yourself, it’s always best to have work done by professional people in the relevant trade, find a tradesmen you trust and let them replace the locking mechanism it’s a straight forward task for someone in the trade

2019-09-02T08:55:02+01:00

Answered 2nd Sep 2019

Window wear or fitters mate

2019-09-02T08:55:02+01:00

Answered 2nd Sep 2019

Hi,yes the window can be repairable and is absolutely an easy fix.I will suggest you to take the sash out of the frame but take the glass out of it before taking it out as if you’re not on the Trade it will be hard for you to handle the sash as is heavy

2019-09-02T08:55:02+01:00

Answered 2nd Sep 2019

You are certainly along the right lines, due to the height it will be easier to remove the opening. If the glass is fitted from inside, this can be removed to make it lighter and easier to handle. Remove hinge screws and lift the opening inside, then the lock can be replaced, if you cannot find an exact match for the lock, most standard espag mechanisms are suitable, you can always move the window keeps accordingly to ensure that it locks correctly.

2019-09-02T08:55:02+01:00

Answered 2nd Sep 2019

Hello there. Simple fix. Just remove the sash and replace the gearbox ect.
Many thanks

2019-09-02T17:05:01+01:00

Answered 2nd Sep 2019

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