How to install windows and doors
Mounting your windows correctly for maximum benefit
Fixing directly into brickwork
To get the best performance out of your new windows, it is important to mount them correctly.
When the window has been unpacked and you have checked that everything is correct, carry the window to the place of installation. Place the window on a flat surface. Remember to protect the frame by using some sheets as base.
Separate frame and sash
Open the window and tilt it slightly so that both the sash and frame rest on your base. It is an advantage to separate the heavy window sash from the frame before installing the frame in the brickwork aperture. This will make the frame easier to handle and reduce the risk of errors.
First remove the screws in the fitting when you are separating the window sash from the frame. Use a Torx T15. The fitting can be removed easily when you have removed the screws on both sides. Then remove the window sash from the frame by tilting it and disengaging it from the slides mounted on the frame. When the sash is to be installed again later, just hook the sash on to the slide rail in the frame and fix the fitting with the screws. You are now ready to place the frame in the brickwork aperture.
Fix the frame
Fix the frame in the brickwork aperture by means of air wedges. Place wedges between the frame and wall in the corners of the unit. Then you can adjust the window until it is completely plumb and level. The window must be approx. 5cm inside the brickwork aperture to protect it from the weather. If possible, you can position the window 0.5cm further out than the old window so that it covers the old joint.
A top-guided window like this one must have permanent blocking on either side. Also place a block below the receiver and guide receiver – this is a burglary inhibiting feature. If the window is a two- or three-light window, you must also block up the window below the mullions. The blocking must have an abutting surface of at least 25 sq. cm and be made of a non-absorbent material. When the window has been blocked up correctly, you are ready to fix the window in the brickwork aperture using frame screws.
Fix the windows
Make two holes on either side using a 6mm wood drill. Remember to align the holes with bricks as the window cannot be fixed properly in a joint. If possible, always position the screws in the rebate, where they are the least visible. The number of fixing points depends on the size of the window. The distance between the screws must not exceed 60cm. For additional information about correct fixing of the window, see the label on the pane. Then change to a 6mm wall drill and drill holes for the installation screws in the jamb. Then it is important to check that the window is plumb and level.
Install the window sash
The frame has now been fixed to the brickwork aperture, and you are ready to install the window sash in the frame. Hooking the sash to the slide rails in the frame is best done by two persons. Then secure the fitting. When the window has been installed, you are ready to joint or mount expanding sealing strips.
Mounting your entrance doors correctly for maximum benefit
Fixing the entrance door directly into brickwork
Remove the door sash from the frame
To get the best performance out of your new door, it is important to mount it correctly. First remove the door from the frame by lifting it off its hinges. Then remove the wooden plate protecting the frame cill.
Place permanent blocking below the cill to allow grouting or jointing below the door frame. Remember that the cill has to be blocked up to be firm to step on. The maximum distance between each block is 30cm. For additional information about correct blocking, see the label on the pane.
Position the door frame
We recommend that you position the frame approx. 4-5cm within the brickwork aperture to protect the door from rain and rough weather. If possible, you should position the new door approx. ½ cm ahead of the old door so that the new door covers the old joint. Use air wedges to adjust the door until it is plumb and level.
Fix the frame
Then drill 3 holes in either side of the frame using a 6mm wood drill. It is important to position the top and bottom holes as close to the hinges as possible. Drill the third hole in the middle. Remember to align the holes with the brickwork in order not to drill into a joint. Then drill holes for the installation screws using a 6mm wall drill. Only fix the screws in the side where the hinges are positioned. Then lift the door onto the hinges and check that it shuts firmly. If not, the door sash must be adjusted.
Adjust the door sash
When you have adjusted the door sash, you can fix the rest of the frame by mounting the last three screws. You have to mount the centre screw as close to the receiver as possible. You must also position a block behind the receiver – this is a burglary inhibiting feature.
Adjust the door
If you have to adjust the door at a later time, you can do so quickly and easily. You can adjust the door height by 5mm up or down using a thread on the pivot in the centre hinge. Use a 6mm Allen key. The door can be adjusted sideways by means of the small Allen screws on the part of the hinges mounted on the frame. Use a 3mm Allen key here. First unscrew the hinge screw using a Torx T20 and then adjust the door sideways before fixing the screws again. All Rationel’s doors are supplied with an adjustable sash lifter. If you have adjusted the door hinges, you must remember to readjust the door sash lifter on the actual door. You have now completed the installation and only need to joint or mount expanding sealing strips.
How to mount a Rationel sliding patio door correctly
Fixing the sliding patio door directly into brickwork
To get the best performance out of your new sliding patio door, it is important to mount it correctly.
Dismount the opening part of the sliding patio door
First, block up the foundation. Dismount the opening part of the sliding patio door. Then remove the wooden plates which were protecting the jambs during transport. Then lift the sliding patio door from the transport plank to the three blocks which you have already positioned in the brickwork aperture.
It is important that the blockings form a horizontal and totally level line so that the cill will be completely straight. When you install a sliding patio door, it is important to block it up very carefully. You must block up the sliding patio door below each vertical frame and at all the points in the sides and bottom where the frame is to be fastened. Remember that the cill has to be blocked up to be firm to step on. The maximum distance between each block is 30cm. For additional information about correct blocking, see the label on the pane. We recommend that you always block up at the closing point on the jamb. This will make it more difficult for a burglar to break open the door.
Adjust the sliding patio door
Please note however, you do not block up the head as there must be room for it to move under a variable roof load.
Fix the sliding patio door
Then ensure that the sliding patio door is plumb and level. Always start by measuring diagonally to ensure that the door is positioned absolutely correctly in the brickwork aperture. When you have adjusted the sliding patio door and checked that it is plumb and level, you can start to fix it. Use at least 3 frame screws in each jamb: 1 frame screw in the cill and, if possible, 2 frame screws on the head. Fix the sliding patio door by drilling through the aluminium profile. When you are mounting the frame screws, you must ensure that you screw them into the wall, not into a joint. You can now fit the cover caps on the screws. Finally, you must check that the door opens and closes correctly. The sliding patio door has now been installed correctly and you are now ready to joint or mount expanding sealing strips.
How to install spare parts
How to mount a window handle
Mount the console
To mount your handle, start by mounting the console on the window sash. Use the screws enclosed. When locating the console, it is very important that the hole points away from the window sash. Remember that the holes in the console and in the cover must be pointing in the same direction.
Mount the handle
You are now ready to mount the handle. Here it is important that both the handle and theespagnoletteare in the same setting. Push in the handle until it clicks. Test if the handle works; if so, the procedure is finished.
How to dismount a window handle
Start by opening the window to its correct position.
Release the handle
Do not activate the friction brake when you are dismounting the handle. Insert a 3mm mandrel or screwdriver into the hole in the cover in order to release the handle from the console.
Remove the console
The hole may be located on the underside of the cover on, for instance, top-guided windows. Release the handle from the console with a jerk. Use a thin putty knife or similar to protect the wood when you remove the cover from the window sash. Lift the cover free using a small screwdriver; you can then remove the console without any problems. Then unscrew the two screws and remove the console from the window sash.
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