Is Replacing Your Own uPVC Door Locks As Easy As It Looks?
When it comes to a broken door lock, we all generally assume the worst and think that the whole door is going to need replacing; much to a great expense! If, on the other hand, it is possible to repair or replace the lock on it’s own, we again generally just assume that it’s going to cost a small fortune (almost as much as the door itself as new) to replace both through parts and labour.
You’ll be pleased to know that, in almost all instances, a broken uPVC door lock won’t mean you need to replace the whole door and generally doesn’t mean you’ll need to call in a professional, so long as you’ve got basic DIY skills and are able to follow instructions! Yes, it’s easy and straightforward to replace your own locks and buying the replacement lock shouldn’t set you back much more than £60. In order to bring you a quick and easy walkthrough of how to replace your own uPVC door lock, we’ve teamed up with the guys from www.upvcdoorlocks.co.uk:
- Remove The Old Lock
First things first, you’ll need to remove the old (broken) handle, cylinder and mechanism before you can replace with the new one. This is usually a case of just removing all of the securing screws however when it comes to removing the cylinder, the easiest way to do this is to insert the key, turn it to about 1 o’clock and push it through from the other side. You shouldn’t struggle removing the old lock, however if you do, you’ll find a heap of videos on YouTube.
- Make The New Mechanism Fit
As standard, the new mechanism will likely be longer than the old one and, as such, need a little work to make it fit. This isn’t a problem and shouldn’t be a big job at all. Simply lay the old and new mechanisms side by side and use a hacksaw to cut the new one to the same size.
- Replace The Mechanism
You’re almost there – it’s time to replace the mechanism. Put this back into the door and replace both the handles and the cylinder following this. Be sure to re-insert all of the securing screws which you previously removed and don’t forget to make sure you don’t over tighten these.
- You’re Done!
It’s as easy as that. Replacing a uPVC door lock really is as easy as it looks and shouldn’t take you much more than half an hour, if that! As with everything, pay particular attention to taking care and don’t rush things. You’re far better off spending a little more time on it and ensure you’re doing things right.
At the end of the day, by carrying out the replacement yourself, you’ll save yourself a small fortune! It really is a simple job and so long as you take care and don’t rush, you shouldn’t run into any problems at all throughout the replacement.