UPVC Spare Parts Blog

  1. GU Lock Case Old Style 28 / 35mm Backset 92 PZ - Common In the 90's

    GU Lock Case Old Style 28 / 35mm Backset 92 PZ - Common In the 90's
    The GU gearbox was once the most common lock used by UK fabricators. Whilst the lock became superseded in the late 90’s, it’s still is often found on doors today. The full length locks are no longer available, however the old style gearbox matches are. Usually by replacing the gearbox only you can restore the full lock to working order...
  2. Mila Offset Window Lock Mechanisms - Used in 1980's & 1990's Upvc Windows

    Mila Offset Window Lock Mechanisms - Used in 1980's & 1990's Upvc Windows
    Mila offset window lock mechanisms were widely used in the early days of Upvc windows, throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. The offset gearbox was made to use the existing bead leg chamber in Upvc window openers to allow for a window gearbox, rather than the once used cockspur window handles, which were not as secure. The gearbox was made as...
  3. Old Style Maco 5STK Upvc Door Lock

    Old Style Maco 5STK Upvc Door Lock
    The old style Maco door lock 5STK upvc door gearbox was one of the most common door locks made for the Upvc industry in 1990's and early 2000's, but is now obsolete. However the gearbox is still available and usually restored to the full lock mechanism to full working order. This gearbox is easily identifiable by viewing the unique latch...
  4. Window Handle That Allows Blinds To Clear

    Window Handle That Allows Blinds To Clear
    A common issue found by many clients when installing new blinds, for example in the bathroom, is they hit the window handle, preventing the blind from hanging correctly. Our purpose made window handles are only 28mm high, rather than the more common 55mm to 60mm deep window handles. This should allow blinds to clear without issue. For this week only...
  5. Replace Most Old Upvc Door Handles

    Replace Most Old Upvc Door Handles
    A question we often get asked via email is "can i replace a 70mm pz handle on my old Upvc door?" The answer is yes! - our Sprung Door Handle with a 180mm Screw Fix and a 70mm pz is ideal to replace most old Upvc Door handles. The handle comes even comes with spring cassettes so that the handle leavers...
  6. Flush Fitting Locking Sash Jammers For Composite Doors and Timber Windows

    Flush Fitting Locking Sash Jammers For Composite Doors and Timber Windows
    Flush Fitting Locking Sash Jammers have become a popular product here at Spares 4 Repairs. With the ever-rising popularity of the composite door, due to the diverse range of colours and styles available, also the trend towards timber windows increasing the question we often get asked is "what if I want to increase my security?" Now we have the answer...
  7. Short Projecting Handles For Windows With Venitian Blinds

    Short Projecting Handles For Windows With Venitian Blinds
    A major headache for the public and blind installers was always the fact that the handles on most uPVC windows protruded too far away from the frames, which made it difficult for the blind installers to get the blinds to pass over the handles. The solution is finally here, for some of us at least! short projecting handles for windows...
  8. New York, New York! Not a problem for Upvc Spares 4 Repairs

    New York, New York! Not a problem for Upvc Spares 4 Repairs
    Sometimes a replacement part is not always required to make a repair, you just need some know how. Once you have this, then the fix is simple. This was the case for David from New York over in America. A local company were going to charge David $400 just to take a look at his door, thinking it couldn't be...
  9. Spares4Repairs at the MLA Expo 2017 with Patlock Ltd

    Spares4Repairs at the MLA Expo 2017 with Patlock Ltd
    The Patlock is a revolutionary French Door security product Spares4Repairs have been behind from the start, eventually becoming the main trade distributor earlier in 2017. Mick Foster, the Spares4Repairs company chairman was pleased to go down to the MLA Expo 2017 with Patlock Ltd to help promote the Patlock. The MLA Expo is Europes Largest Locksmith & Security Exhibition Trade Show...
  10. Upvc Window and Door Video Repair Tutorials

    Upvc Window and Door Video Repair Tutorials
    The Upvc Spares 4 Repairs team has spent a lot of time filming video tutorials on how to undertake Upvc Window and Door related repair tasks. A lot of repairs are often quite easy, once you know how! For example changing the lock (euro cylinder) on a Upvc door is a very simple task, once you have measured the existing...
  11. Send us Photos / Videos via WhatsApp

    Send us Photos / Videos via WhatsApp
    We have noticed customers have not always been able to email us photos or video of a problem part they are trying to replace, however have access to WhatsApp and a mobile phone. WhatsApp is a free mobile messaging app with over 1 billion users, many people use WhatsApp instead of text or multimedia messages due to WhatsApp messages been...
  12. Home Security For The Holidays

      It's that time of year again where Schools are finishing for the summer and families are going away on holiday. Security is important when your family home is going to vacant for a couple of weeks. We have been recommending three products to our customers aimed at increasing security when away from the home. The ABS Euro Cylinder: The...
  13. Upvc Door Lock Operation Types

    There are five types of locking operation for Upvc doors: Lift Leaver, Nightlatch Locking, Key Wind, Fast Locking (Europa Plus) and Automatic Locking. Please see the diagram below for a description of the different Upvc door locking types.
  14. Quantitative Discount Money Saver

      Something we have wanted to do for a long time is reward customer loyalty, with our old website this was simply not possible with the system we had in place. However on this brand new version of our site we have a lot more functionality and control over our product pricing. So what is our new Quantitative Discount Money...
  15. The Glazing Bead Conundrum

    A question we have received a number times recently is  “I need some replacement glazing beads for a window.” The answer is no, we do not sell replacement glazing beads. I will try to explain why we don’t and why it will be difficult to find some. While there are some standards for handles and locking mechanisms etc, glazing beads...
  16. Old Coldseal Tallon Upvc Window Lock

    Replacement Old Coldseal Tallon Upvc Window Lock One of the most common questions we get asked is “how do I repair my old Coldseal UPVC window lock rod”? Unfortunately the Coldseal window lock was withdrawn from the market when they went bust in the 1990’s. Over the years they had a number of variations of locks they used but the two...
  17. Cego Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Cego gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Cego door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step 1 - Unscrew...
  18. Yale G2000 Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Yale G2000 gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Winkhaus door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step...
  19. Winkhaus Scorpian Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Winkhaus Scorpian gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Winkhaus door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step...
  20. Winkhaus Cobra Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Winkhaus Cobra gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Winkhaus door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step...
  21. Safeware Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Safeware gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Safeware door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step 1...
  22. Roto Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Roto gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Roto door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step 1...
  23. Millenco Mantis 3 Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Millenco Mantis 3 gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Millenco Mantis 1 door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most...
  24. Millenco Mantis 1 Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Millenco Mantis 1 gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Millenco Mantis 1 door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most...
  25. Mila Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Mila gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Mila door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step 1...
  26. Maco Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Maco gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Maco door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step 1...
  27. Lockmaster Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a Lockmaster gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Lockmaster door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step 1...
  28. KFV Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on a KFV gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door KFV door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to complete. Step 1...
  29. Gu Ferco New Style Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an Gu Ferco New Style door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Gu Ferco New Style door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at...
  30. Gu Ferco Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an Gu Ferco door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Gu Ferco door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to...
  31. Fullex XL Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an Fullex XL door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Fullex XL door gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in, the whole process should take a couple of minutes at the very most to...
  32. Fullex Crimebeater Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an Fullex Crimebeater door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door The Fullex Crimebeater door gearbox is easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in. Step 1 - Undo the screw until the latch releases Step 2 - Reverse the...
  33. Fullex SL16 & Case A Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an Fullex SL16 & Case A door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Fullex SL16 UPVC Door Gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in. Step 1 - Insert the screwdriver into the latch to undo...
  34. Fhur Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an Fhur door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Fhur UPVC Door Gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing the screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in. Step 1 - Insert a small allen key in to the case where pictured Step...
  35. ERA Vectis Door Gearbox & NightLatch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an ERA Vectis door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door ERA Vectis UPVC Door Gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing two screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in. Instructions for the Vectis Door Gearbox been used as a night latch can be...
  36. ERA Saracen Door Gearbox & NightLatch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an ERA Saracen door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door ERA Saracen UPVC Door Gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing two screws, reversing the latch, then re screwing the screws in. This applies to both the normal latch and the night latch where instructions can...
  37. Avocet Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an Avocet door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door Avocet UPVC Door Gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing one screw, reversing the latch, then re screwing it in. Undo the screw to release the latch Turn the latch in to the required position That's...
  38. ABT Door Gearbox Latch Reversal Instructions

    How to reverse the latch on an ABT door gearbox to fit in a UPVC Door ABT UPVC Door Gearboxs are easy to reverse the latch on, it is simply the case of removing one screw, reversing the latch, then re screwing it in. Step 1 - Locate the hexagonal screw behind the latch Step 2 - Undo the screw...
  39. How to measure a Multi Point Door Lock

    A tutorial on how to measure a multi point door lock, once you know what to measure this should be a simple task to complete. Follow these steps to identify your multi point door lock: 1. Measure the multi point door lock using the diagram below 2. Look up a new Multipoint Door Lock lock to confirm it is the exact lock...
  40. Patio Glider Installation For Tilt and Slide UPVC Patio Door

    A Patio Glider Installation How To: Patio Glider Installation can be a bit tricky, however if you follow these simple steps your Patio Glider Installation should go smoothly. Before we get started you will need to purchase a pair of replacement Tilt & Slide Patio Gliders. 1) Remove all screws holding the top track on except the last two to the...
  41. Replacement UPVC Parts

    Need Replacement UPVC Parts? Then all is not lost! UPVC Windows and Doors were introduced in to the UK in the early 1980’s, lots of UPVC products from the early days are still going strong. However as it’s now 30 years since UPVC became popular in the United Kingdom, over the years certain parts on UPVC Windows and Doors have...
  42. Euro Cylinder Security FAQ - Defend Against Lock Snapping Crime

    Euro Cylinders have become a hot topic of conversation with the increase in lock snapping related crime, this mini FAQ which should help you determine how secure your door is, with the current Euro Cylinder and the star rating of it. My door bolt is the latest in security with lots of locking points such as hooks and a large...
  43. Lock Snapping The Euro Door Cylinder Vulnerability

    What's Lock Snapping? Lock Snapping is a crime that exploits a Vulnerability in the Euro Cylinder, which is found in millions of UPVC doors. Most UPVC doors are secured with a replaceable barrel known as a Euro Profile cylinder, over the past few years there has been a rise in forced entry break-ins using a method know as lock snapping. New standards have...
  44. A Secure Home, The UPVC Front Door

    A UPVC Front Door can be quite insecure, your front door is the primary route of entry and exit into the house, and can also be the most vulnerable point of the home too! However you can make some simple adjustments to your UPVC Front Door that will greatly improve home security. UPVC Front Doors are generally unsuitable for retro-fit security devices...
  45. Service from the clouds for the Glazing Industry

    Cloud Services are a major talking point at the moment, with broadband speeds vastly increasing more and more services are taking advantage of internet. So what are Cloud Services? and what do Cloud Services have to do with the glazing industry you might ask? A cloud service is basically a service that runs on the internet, and can be accessed from...
  46. Burglary Prevention Tips To Secure Your Home

    Burglary Prevention has become a hot topic recently, a rise in burglaries over the 2009 to 2012 period in the Leeds area has been attributed to weak Euro Profile Locks found on UPVC doors, which criminals have been able to pick or break. A recommended counter-measure to improve home security and help with Burglary Prevention is to purchase and install an...
  47. UPVC Door Hinges - Identifying the hinge type.

    You will find three types of UPVC Door Hinges. Butt type PVCU Door Hinges sometimes called a pencil or cylinder hinge, Flag type UPVC Door Hinges, and Rebate UPVC Hinges. These type of double glazing door hinges have been used by pvcu door suppliers since the late 1970's. Inevitably some suppliers are no longer trading and therefore have ceased manufactureing...
  48. Window back set dimension and how to measure it

    The back set dimension on a window locking mechanism is referred to as the space from the front of the faceplate, to the centre of the spindle, this should be measured in mm. The detailed image below illustrates where you should be measuring to and from to obtain the correct measurement. Now you have obtained the correct backset measurements you can purchase a suitable replacement. View our range of UPVC...
  49. Lock snapping sweeping through Huddersfield

    Recent crime reports in the Examiner, Huddersfields local news paper show that lock snapping is sweeping through local areas at the moment. Dalton, Lepton, Almondbury, Rawthorpe, Waterloo and Moldgreen have all had various crimes taking place that have involved the vulnerable euro lock cylinders. LEPTON: April 30. A thief snapped a Europrofile lock on the back patio doors of a home. A mobile...
  50. Door cylinder size measurement not in a door

    To measure a door cylinder when it's not in a door simply measure from the center of the screw hole and not the start of the black cam ring. When you have the measurements its simply a case of purchasing a new Cylinder. View our range of door cylinders.
  51. Door cylinder size measurement when in a door

    To measure a door cylinder when it's inside a door, do the following. Measure from the centre screw hole (seen in the red circle) to the edge of handle backplate on the outside and round up the size to the next 5mm increment. E.g. 33mm would be 35mm. Doing this will ensure the cylinder protrudes from the backplate of the handle. Now...
  52. PZ door handle measuring diagram

    Measuring a PZ door handle is easy, follow the instructions below to easily measure your pz door handle. When you have the correct measurements its simply a case of purchasing a replacement door handle. View Door Handles we have on sale.
  53. Measuring a 92mm PZ door handle

    Measuring a PZ door handle is easy, follow the instructions below to easily measure your 92mm pz door handle. When you have the correct measurements its simply a case of purchasing a replacement door handle. View Door Handles at UPVC Spares 4 Repairs.
  54. Measure a door lock for a UPVC Door

    Measuring a door lock is easy, once you know how! Look at the diagram below to find out where to measure from: Once you have measured the lock, view the wide range of multi point door locks available for purchase.
  55. Window Lock Mechanisms - How to measure and choose

    How to measure & choose the correct window lock mechanism. First of all there are two types of locks Inline and Offset. Generally speaking most modern systems are fitted with the inline version as shown below. However in older systems it was common to use the Offset versions as also shown below. It is relatively easy to identify the right...
  56. Door Handle fitting for UPVC Doors

    How to fit a door handle to a UPVC Door: 1: With the door in the open position, place one hand over the external handle and hold firmly in place. Using the correct type of screw-driver,un-tighten the fixing screws on the Internal handle set. 2: With both Internal screws loose the external handle should now be free and can be...
  57. Window Hinge fitting & replacement for UPVC Windows

    How to fit a window hinge: This tutorial will help you change uPVC Window Hinge’s, although it is fairly straightforward careful planning is important. In some cases if the faulty window is not on the ground floor two people will be needed, one to support the window and the other to fix the window sash to the window frame.  ...
  1. Door cylinder size measurement when in a door

    To measure a door cylinder when it's inside a door, do the following. Measure from the centre screw hole (seen in the red circle) to the edge of handle backplate on the outside and round up the size to the next 5mm increment. E.g. 33mm would be 35mm. Doing this will ensure the cylinder protrudes from the backplate of the handle. Now...
  2. PZ door handle measuring diagram

    Measuring a PZ door handle is easy, follow the instructions below to easily measure your pz door handle. When you have the correct measurements its simply a case of purchasing a replacement door handle. View Door Handles we have on sale.
  3. Measuring a 92mm PZ door handle

    Measuring a PZ door handle is easy, follow the instructions below to easily measure your 92mm pz door handle. When you have the correct measurements its simply a case of purchasing a replacement door handle. View Door Handles at UPVC Spares 4 Repairs.
  4. Measure a door lock for a UPVC Door

    Measuring a door lock is easy, once you know how! Look at the diagram below to find out where to measure from: Once you have measured the lock, view the wide range of multi point door locks available for purchase.
  5. Window Lock Mechanisms - How to measure and choose

    How to measure & choose the correct window lock mechanism. First of all there are two types of locks Inline and Offset. Generally speaking most modern systems are fitted with the inline version as shown below. However in older systems it was common to use the Offset versions as also shown below. It is relatively easy to identify the right...
  6. Door Handle fitting for UPVC Doors

    How to fit a door handle to a UPVC Door: 1: With the door in the open position, place one hand over the external handle and hold firmly in place. Using the correct type of screw-driver,un-tighten the fixing screws on the Internal handle set. 2: With both Internal screws loose the external handle should now be free and can be...
  7. Window Hinge fitting & replacement for UPVC Windows

    How to fit a window hinge: This tutorial will help you change uPVC Window Hinge’s, although it is fairly straightforward careful planning is important. In some cases if the faulty window is not on the ground floor two people will be needed, one to support the window and the other to fix the window sash to the window frame.  ...

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