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What should I check before ordering a handle an...

What should I check before ordering a handle and how do I fit it?

What does sprung mean?
Sprung means a spring is fitted to the door handle to return the handle to position. The easiest way to determine if you need a sprung or un-sprung handle is to first remove it then operate the lever to see if there is a return spring fitted to the handle.  An un-sprung handle can be replaced with a sprung handle, however if your existing handles are sprung they must be replaced with the same.

 

What does un-sprung mean?

Un-sprung means the handle will use the door lock spring to return to position. There are a few door locks that will use a sprung handle to return the lever to position. The easiest way to determine if you need a sprung or un-sprung handle is to first remove your handle, then operate the lever to see if there is a return spring fitted to the handle.


What measurements should I check before ordering a handle set?

The most important measurements are the distance between screw holes centre to centre and the distance from the centre of the handle spindle to the centre of the barrel.

The length and width of the handle are less critical as a slightly shorter or longer handle should make no difference.

Help with choosing the handle you need

How to fit your new lever/lever handle set:

Once you’ve purchased your new quality handles fitting them couldn’t be easier. First check that you have all the parts on this list:

  •   1 x inside handle (with screw holes)
  •   1 x outside handle with (with female screw lugs)
  •   1 x spindle 4 x M5 screws (only 2 x needed)
  •   You will also need a screwdriver to suit.

 

To fit your handle set:

1. First undo the 2 screws on the inside face of your old door handle, you will then be able to remove your old handle set.

2. Next gauge the size of the old retaining screws against the new ones, when you have decided which ones are the best match, short or long (the long screws typically fit 70mm thick doors) you are ready to refit the new handle set.

3. Insert the new spindle in to one side of your new handles and pass it through the spindle hole in the door lock fitted in your door. NB If you find that the handle is too tight to pass over the cylinder it helps to loosen the cylinder. This can be done by looking at the face of the door lock (with door open) and locating the M5 screw that secures the cylinder in place, loosen this with the key in the cylinder, 'jiggle' until you are able to fit the handle set against the door and over the cylinder snugly.

4. Insert the new M5 screws into the handle set (screw heads inside the property) and tighten hand tight.

5. Retighten the cylinder retaining screw on the face of the door lock.