How can I unlatch a casement window with a broken latch?
March 18, 2012 11:12 AM Subscribe
The locking latch is broken on one of the casement windows in our home. Can you help us get it open?
posted by starvingartist to Home & Garden (3 answers total)
Working latch mechanism for comparison
The latch handle was broken off when we moved in. In hindsight, I probably should not have latched it. But the window was so drafty in the winter that I thought I would try. I stuck the latch in the hole, pressed and turned, and huzzah! the window latched shut. I assumed I would be able to reverse this process come spring.
Alas, it was not to be. When I turn the handle now, nothing happens. From looking at the other latch that still works, I think the rod that the latch handle attaches to has fallen down inside the housing. I can't get inside the housing because it's screwed in from the other side of the window.
Is there any
way I can possibly get this window unlatched? I promise never to try to latch it again. I have no idea what kind of window it is. All I know is the hardware has "Truth" stamped on it, but Truth Hardware is only a manufacturer of window parts and not a window maker.