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Screws, Nuts, Bolts etc.

All our products, with the exception of a few hinges, come supplied with appropriate screws, pins, nuts & bolts to fit to wooden doors and windows.

When fitting to masonry, appropriate sockets/plugs will need to be used - wood screws should not be used directly onto stone/plaster/brick etc. If you are in any doubt as to what fixtures you may need, give us a call on 0131 623 5577.

Tooling Tips

Most of our products only require a minimum of tooling skills to fit. The following tools will probably be necessary:-

  • a range of screwdrivers, tape measure, spirit level, pencil, chisels (for locks & latches), drill and a range of bits, drill punch, small hammer.
  • always use a drill punch to mark drilling positions (not just a pencil) - the indent made by the point will help ensure the drill does not slip.
  • double check items are straight and level before committing to drilling and chiselling.
  • care should always be taken to protect the surface of metal when fitting - the majority of scratches are caused before the item is fitted.
  • you should always make a pilot hole before attempting to screw in slotted wood screws. This prevents them from breaking and is a lot less effort! As a guide, the pilot hole should be roughly three quarters of the thickness of the shank of the screw and three quarters of the length of it.

Lock & latches

Mortice latches:
- where only a latch, not lock, is needed then we recommend using a tubular latch - these only require the drilling of a hole in the side of the door and a small amount of chiselling for the faceplate.

Mortice locks:
- these require a considerable amount of wood removal from the door and should only be fitted by someone with joinery experience. Incorrect fitting can weaken and deface the door. Particular care should be taken not to damage external doors.

Rim locks & latches:
- these only need to be screwed onto the surface of the door. Practical and simple to fit but at the cost of security. Therefore, rim locks are not suitable for external doors.

Cylinder rim locks:
- often known simply as Yale locks, these locks provide convenience to an external door, allowing simple and quick entry/exit. However, a mortice lock should also always be present on the door for security.

Cylinder mortice locks:
- these locks are fitted similarly to standard mortice locks but are operated by a Yale style key with a barrel projecting slightly on each side of the door. Often used on uPVC doors.