handyman window resized 600An easy handyman job is replacing a window latch…assuming you have the right part. There are lots of different window styles and types, and even more latching mechanisms. Window latches are made of metal and plastic, and if any moving parts are plastic, you will likely end up replacing them at some point.

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When the latch breaks, I would remove it and go find another one. It is doubtful you will find an exact match at a home center, but there is no harm in trying. The latches are held in place with a few screws and they are easy to remove and reinstall. If you have a sliding window and the latch breaks, you can either replace the latch or buy a universal thumbscrew. This slips over the track and you can push it right up against the window before tightening it, which prevents the window from moving. Other window styles are not so easy and you will be forces to buy a replacement.

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Take the part with you and go to a glass shop. They will be able to take screw patterns and measurements and order the right part. It might take a week to receive it, but you will get the right part.

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