How to Install Casement Window Hardware
Fasteners, locks, cladding corner keys, lock keepers, snubbers, mounting plates, and adjusters are part of casement window hardware. All these components make it easy to operate the window. It is possible to install a mortise type fastener to a casement window at home. Such windows commonly use a stay, a fastener or both. Fasteners are designed with handles which are attached in the middle of the casement. There are available in three basic designs; mortise, wedge and hook.
Step 1 – Get the Correct Casement
As there are different types of window casement fasteners, make sure to get the correct type. This will depend on the design of the window in place. Get a hook fastener for windows that lie flush when the frame is closed. For casement windows that close against the frame, get a mortise or a wedge fastener. Another idea is to buy modern UPVC frames; they come already fixed with a closing and locking mechanism.
Step 2 – Install Mortise Casement Fastener
Drill holes into the casement, and will them with wood filler. Give it time to dry completely before smoothing the surface using a sandpaper. Apply the desired finishing. Use stain or vanish, or paint. Make sure to put a baseboard when applying paint.
Position the fastener in place on the casement frame, use a chalk or pencil. Make sure that the holes are free from paint or vanish, use a sharp tool to clear any obstruction.
Step 3 – Fix Fastener
Use a screwdriver to secure the fastener in the casement frame. Make sure it is fast enough. Shut the casement tightly and position the mortise plate on the mullion. The arm of the fastener should easily come into contact with the timber that can be seen through the opening of the mortise plate. Using a pencil mark the outline of the mullion as well as its opening. Also mark where the screws are to be fixed.
Step 4 – Fix Mortise Plate
Use a drill to create marked holes. Obtain a chisel and cut the outline of the mortise marked before. This is where the arm of the fastener will be fixed. Make a recess for the fastener’s arm by cutting out the wood within the outline. Extend the recess a little deeper for it to comfortably accommodate the arm.
With the chisel, cut a rebate into the mullion so the mortise plate fits flush to the timber. Use screws to secure the mortise plate to the mullion, fix the fastener arm slots into the recess. Make sure it fits in fits in smoothly. Check that it holds the window shut.