How to Install a Window Restrictor Catch

A window restrictor is a device which restricts the amount by which a window can open. This has useful implications in terms of security. It makes sure there is not enough clearance for burglars to enter the home or for children from falling through a window. In addition, window restrictors prevent windows from being forced open by powerful winds. To learn how to install window restrictors, follow the steps below.

Tool and Materials Required

  • Window latch set
  • Bit drill
  • Electric drill
  • Marker
  • Anchors
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Gloves

Step 1: Take Appropriate Precautions

The use of an electric drill requires great caution. Always wear rubber gloves while operating a drill to ensure maximum grip and accuracy. Make sure that the power outlet is properly installed to avoid short circuits. The drill should be clear from the glass as vibrations can cause the glass to shatter.

Step 2: Taking Accurate Measurements

Close the window, and fold the window latch into the closed position. Place the part to be attached to the inner lining and measure to see if the other end reaches the window. You can also use a measuring tape to compare the length of the window latch with the distance between the lining and the window. Double-checking your measurements is very important, as faulty readings will lead to inaccurate positioning of the device. This normally leads to an ill-fitted window and can compromise the security and finish of your work.

Step 3: Pre-drilling Preparations

Now, it's time install the latch. Hold the latch up to the desired location after following Step 2 and use a permanent marker to mark the location for the anchors. Remove the latch and keep it aside and open the windows just a little to give you room to use the drill. Make sure that the bit used is specifically for making pilot holes as drilling deep holes in the lining can damage the window.

Step 4: Drilling the Holes

With the drill gripped firmly in hand, make pilot holes in the lining without using too much force. We recommend that you read the instruction manual on how to use a drill to prevent any form of inconvenience. Wipe away the dust after drilling and use a hammer to install in anchors that will house the screws. Make sure that you do not hammer too hard, as this can damage the anchors making them unable to hold the screws. When this is done, drill in the corresponding holes that will house the part of latch to be attached to the movable window frame. When this is done, move on to finishing up your project.

Step 5: Installing the Window Restrictor

Use a screwdriver to tighten the screws that attach the latch to the window frame. Make sure that the screws are tightened properly or the latch will become loose and the screws will fail if undue force is applied. After the latch has been installed, open and close the window several times to judge the fitting. Make minor adjustments of the screws if you find them too loose or tight.