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Overview

Awning windows are generally hard for intruders to open but for some added security, install a window lock. It's easy to do yourself and will give you extra peace of mind. In just a few simple steps, we'll show you how to measure up and install the lock so that it fits and works properly every time.

Steps

1Position the lock

Before you start, make sure the window is fully closed. Take your ruler and measure between the edge of the jamb and the window winder. Then mark the centre with your pencil.  First, position a spacer over the mark and place the lock on top. The spacer helps create enough space so that the lock doesn't catch on the windowsill.

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2Mark the screw holes

To mark out where the screws need to go, use a nail because a pencil won't fit. Push it through each of the lock's screw holes and make some small dents in the sash. Do the same with the spacer. Put the lock and spacer aside and mark those dents with your pencil so that you can see them better.

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3Attach the lock to the sash

Wind the window open. Choose a drill bit that matches the size of your screws and drill pilot holes into the marks. Close the window again and place the lock over the holes. Screw the lock onto the sash with your screwdriver, but you can also use a battery drill.

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4Insert the bolt

Make sure the window is tightly closed. Insert the bolt into its hole and push it down to make a mark on the windowsill. Pull the bolt out and wind the window open. Now drill a hole into that mark but use a drill bit that's slightly larger. Close the window and check that the bolt fits into the hole.

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5Attach the striker plate to the sill

Open the window and position the striker plate on the sill. Mark the holes with a pencil and drill in some pilot holes. Then screw the plate to the sill with your screwdriver. Finally, close the window and check that the lock is fitting correctly and working properly.
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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.