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    Default Aluminium Window latch

    I am trying replace the aluminium window latch but couldn't remove the screw.

    What type of driver I need to unscrew it? Click image for larger version. 

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    I only have (-) and (+) screw drivers.

    I need a special tool to unscrew it?

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    Default Re: Aluminium Window latch

    Just a square head, looks like a S2 probably, a very standard bit.
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    Default Re: Aluminium Window latch

    Yup. Bunnings has one.

    New problem: Bunnings doesn't have the type of latch like this: Click image for larger version. 

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    Nebulite seems to be the original manufacturer.

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    Default Re: Aluminium Window latch

    I'd find a joiner and take the old latch in. They are bound to have a second hand one that would fit. I've had to do this before and was actually given the latch.
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    Default Re: Aluminium Window latch

    You can get square head screwdrivers everywhere now. Husband loves the square head screws.
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    Default Re: Aluminium Window latch

    I bought my square head screw bits (Robertson) on ebay for about 2 NZ dollars - S1, S2, and S3, which have a 1/4 " hex head. I used a 1/4" female mini ratchet, also from ebay for NZ 2 dollars. But work with my impact driver, and drill(s)

    Description (i copied from ebay)...

    Those Square Head Screwdriver Bits are made of S2 alloy steel which is a commonly used material in hardware
    Magnetic bits are firmly fixed on screwdrivers
    3 sizes a set at an affordable price can meet your requirements

    Specifications:
    Brand: JAPAN SEALS
    Materials: S2 alloy steel
    Type of shank: 6.35mm / 0.25 inch hex
    Net weight: (approx.) 35g

    Dimensions:
    No. Size of head (mm) Lgth.(mm)
    S1 2.4*2.4 50 / 2 in.
    S2 3.0*3.0 50 / 2 in.
    S3 3.4*3.4 50 / 2 in.
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    Default Re: Aluminium Window latch

    The latches are fairly universal and don't necessarily have to match the old ones unless that would bother you. My kitchen window had a latch like that until some delightful burglar broke it and I just fitted a standard one from Bunnings without the double sided latch.
    works just fine and it's the same colour so you don't really notice.
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    Default Re: Aluminium Window latch

    Mitre 10 have a good selection too.

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    Default Re: Aluminium Window latch

    Thank you folks, ordered the square bits from eBay.

    Will get the latch from Bunnings as recommended by dugimodo.

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    Default Re: Aluminium Window latch

    Yeah the square head is the best, either use a good quality square head screw driver or,in my case a lithium ion impact driver (AEG combo) depending on your likely long term use. Shop around most of the popular latches have replacements, as mentioned Mitre10 seems to have a good selection.

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