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Tilt Latch - Don't which one

A home owner from Shadyside, Ohio says:
My windows were replaced in the 1990's by a handy man. I can't contact him. I think the company was located in PA. I need help. I have several broken tilt latches. Right and left. Two windows I can't even open because they are broken. The number on the part that slides with the spring is 535B. I would like to buy the entire tilt latch part for several windows and some to keep on hand. I can see from other contacts on your site that you need the measurment from screw hole to hole. The problem is that I'm not good at measuring with all the smaller lines inbetween the inches. All I can tell you is it's 2 inches, then two more downward lines. My scan should be the actual size of the whole part. Front and back.
Thank you!

Cynthia
A customer submitted image of a window tilt latch.
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Thanks for posting, Cynthia! Just by eyeballing your picture, your latch appears to be similar to our 26-228 & 26-299 Right Hand Tilt latches. Now, two downward lines beyond 2" on a standard tape-measurer comes to 2-1/8", which also matches the screw hole center distance for the suggested latches. Do you think you can get these to work? Let me know!
A home owner from Shadyside, Ohio says:
If the measurements on the picture I sent match up for the 26-228 and 26-299, that is what I will order. I hope they will work. I'll order for the two windows that I can't open. If they fit, I will order more. I have other windows which have just one side broken and would like to fix all of them.
Thank you for you quick response!

Cynthia
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
It was my pleasure, Cynthia. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, and I would be happy to help.
A home owner from Shadyside, Ohio says:
Tom

Thank you so much for your help. The tilt latches are a perfect fit. I could not have figured it out on my own. When cooler weather comes, I can now open the two windows without them falling down. I will order more for the other windows.

Cindy
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
I'm glad everything worked out!
A professional from Colorado says:
Hi, wondering why almost any similar latch couldn't be used as a replacement? It seems that as long as the latch is of close width dimension to the original, and the locking pin is the same, new holes could be drilled for mounting the latch.

Any reason why not?

Thanks,
Dan
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
You're absolutely right! As long as the dimensions are similar, and as long as you have the room to drill new holes, you could use something else. But we consider that a last-ditch effort; it's always best to replace your hardware with something as close to the original as possible.
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