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Using a screwdriver to screw the handle in place

Overview

Putting a catch on your window is a quick and affordable way to help hold it tightly on the frame. We'll take you through what you need to know to do the job. You'll learn where to put your catch and how to mount it properly.

Steps

1Install the window catch handle on the window

Place the handle of the catch on the timber, halfway up the window. Then mark out your screw holes with a pencil. Now drill pilot holes through your marks, taking care not to drill too deep. Finish this step by screwing the handle into place.
Using a screwdriver to screw the handle in place

2Install the window catch lip on the frame

Connect the two parts of the window catch together with the window firmly closed. Mark out on the window frame where the first screw hole of the lip will sit. Then open the window and drill a pilot hole into the frame. Now drive the first screw in, line the lip up straight, drill the second pilot hole and screw the latch firmly into place. To finish, close the window and check the latch is working properly.
A person screwing window catch onto a window frame

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.