How to Accurately Identify Suitable Multipoint Door Handles

 

What are the different types of multipoint door handles?

Multiple styles of UPVC door handles are available at Duffells. The different types of multipoint door handles are tailored to accommodate different multipoint door lock operations and individual user preferences. These handle types comprise:

 

LEVER/LEVER DOOR HANDLES

Lever/Lever handles are comprised of two movable inline handles, making them the most common choice for UPVC doors, particularly in residential settings. Offering ease of operation, they boast a diverse array of styles ranging from traditional to contemporary designs. These handles can be secured either through a key-operated mechanism or a thumbturn cylinder located on the interior side of the door, providing homeowners with both convenience and security.

Lever Lever door handles

LEVER / MOVEABLE PAD (INLINE)

An inline moveable pad handle is a type of door handle specifically designed for use with multipoint door locks that feature a split spindle in the gearbox. Split spindles are divided into two parts that operate independently of each other, each part of the spindle is connected to one side of the door handle so the lever and pad are operated separately from each other. The split spindle means the pad handle can operate the lock without moving the lever on the other side.

Lever Pad door handles

LEVER / MOVEABLE PAD (OFFSET)

The offset moveable pad handle is designed to operate with multipoint door locks with a double spindle. Unlike lever lever handles where manipulation on one side directly affects the other, an offset moveable pad handle allows for independent movement. This means that the handle can be operated on one side without necessarily affecting the position or movement of the handle on the opposite side.

Lever moveable pad door handles

LEVER / FIXED PAD

A fixed pad is used for keywind locks or applications where access to the spindle from outside is not desired or needed.

Lever Fixed Pad Handle

HANDLE WITH SNIB

A snib can be activated to hold the latch back on the lock.

Handle with snib

 

What measurements do I need when choosing a replacement UPVC Door Handle?

  1. A - PZ (PZ Centres) - This measurement refers to the distance between the centre of the handle spindle to the centre of the top of the euro hole cut out on the door handle. This measurement is typically measured in millimetres, and it is important to ensure that the new handle has the same PZ measurement as your existing handle in order to ensure a proper fit.
  2. B - Screw Centers - This measurement refers to the distance between the 2 screw holes on the door handle. This measurement is typically measured in millimetres.
  3. C - Backplate - The backplate is the part of the handle that attaches to the door, and it is important to measure the length and width of your existing backplate in order to ensure that the new handle will fit properly and cover any mess left from the previous handle. This measurement is typically measured in millimetres, and it should be taken from the top of the backplate to the bottom.
  4. Spindle Length - The spindle is the part of the handle that connects the handle to the latch mechanism, and it is important to measure the length of your existing spindle in order to ensure that the new handle will fit properly. This measurement is typically measured in millimetres, and it should be taken from the top of the spindle to the bottom.
  5. Additional measurements – To verify that the door handles you have selected are exactly correct, it is advised you additionally take note of the following measurements:
    1. Distance between the top screw hole and the centre of the spindle.
    2. Distance between the bottom of the euro cut out and the bottom screw hole.

When choosing a replacement UPVC door handle, it is important to make sure that the new handle has the same PZ measurement, screw centres, same or greater backplate length measurement. This will ensure that the new handle will fit properly and function correctly. Additionally, it is also important to make sure that the new handle is compatible with your door’s lock mechanism, as many UPVC door handles are designed to work with specific lock types. Taking these measurements and considering compatibility is crucial to ensure that your new door handle will be a perfect fit and will work seamlessly with your door.

 

How do you replace a set of multipoint door handles?

Replacing a UPVC door handle is a relatively simple task that can be completed in a few steps. Before you begin, you will need a few tools, including a screwdriver, a drill, and a replacement handle.

STEP 1 - REMOVE THE OLD HANDLE

To remove the old handle, begin by using the screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the handle in place. These screws will typically be located on the inside and outside of the door, near the handle. Once the screws are removed, gently pull the handle away from the door.

STEP 2 - DOUBLE-CHECK THE MEASUREMENTS OF YOUR NEW HANDLE

Before you install the new handle, you will need to measure the dimensions of the new handle to ensure that it will fit properly.

STEP 3 - DRILL NEW HOLES FOR THE NEW HANDLE

If the new handle has different hole locations than the old one, use the drill to create new holes in the door. Make sure the new holes align with the screw holes on the handle.

STEP 4 - INSTALL THE NEW HANDLE

Once the holes are drilled, you can install the new handle. Begin by sliding the spindle through the holes in the door and then align the handle with the screw holes. Secure the handle in place with the screws that were removed earlier.

STEP 5 - TEST THE HANDLE

After the handle is installed, test it to make sure it is working properly. Open and close the door to ensure that the handle is securely in place and that the lock is working properly.

 

 

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