What are snib latch door handles?
A snib latch door handle is made with a snib turning button which is similar to the old Yale nightlatches. Turning the knob would hold the lock open. This is particularly useful if you are going outside for a short time and need to keep the door on latch. Only a few door handle manufacturers used this function with their lock so they are few and far between. These upvc door handles with a snib were made by Fullex and used on the 68pz upvc door handles (pz meaning the size between the centre of the lever and the centre of the key-hole).
My existing snib latch door handles have a round button and yours has a rocker button on the side?
As long as the screw positions, key-hole and levers line up correctly and your handle has a snib then the new design with the rocker snib at the side of the handle can still be used. The spindle is still in the correct place so will operate as needed. The older round button snib is still available on some models like the D74 Fullex Snib Door Handle. Remember your lock must have this provision for a snib latch.
How does a snib lock operate?
When you open the door hold the handle down and turn the snib latch. The latch of the door will stay inside the door and the door will not lock until you unset the button again.
The spindle you have provided for the snib is too short?
If your spindle is too short then reuse the existing spindle in the new handle. This should then overcome the problem.
Can the snib be located on the other side of the plate?
In the case of the rocker side-snib this is located on one side only and shouldn't cause any problems which ever side it is located. The button type on the front faceplate is in the middle like the older snib latch door handles.
Can I change from a snib handle to one without a snib?
Yes you can do that and many customers go down this route. The non-snib handles are usually cheaper and easier to replace. If you don't use the snib then it is not a problem to just fit the standard upvc door handles. You will see the corresponding non-snib handle under the Related Products section of each handle. Alternatively use our guide How To Measure uPVC Door Handles.