how to install door knob

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Tools Needed
1 Phillips Head Screw Driver
2 Flat Head Screw Driver
3 Gloves
4 Lubricant Oil
Materials Needed
1 New Door Knob
2 Safety Glases
3 Door Hardware
4 Tape Measure
Total Cost
$20-$30
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Estimated Time
1-2 Hours
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

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Maybe you have a door knob that is too loose or too stiff, or one that simply doesn’t suit your personal style. You might even have a damaged door knob if the door was forced open at some point. Regardless of the reason, most homeowners will occasionally need to replace a door knob in their home.

Luckily, this process is fairly simple, and most people can handle the tasks on their own. Just follow the steps outlined below, and you can install a door knob in no time.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Purchase a Replacement

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You can’t install a new door knob until you have one in hand. When you head to the home improvement store, you may be surprised by the number of options available.

Before you make a purchase, you need to decide what features the door knob needs to have, and this involves much more than just picking a color. First, do you need a round knob or would you prefer a lever-style handle? Does it need to have a lock? Will it be in the right-handed or left-handed position (a question that is especially relevant for handle-style doors)? Once you know the style, look for a door knob with the same pawl length as the current one, as this ensures the door will close properly.

2

Remove the Old Door Knob

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To replace a door knob, the door must be in the open position. This provides you with access to all of the components. Begin removing the old door knob by taking out the two screws on the face plate, which is located on the edge of the door. Turn the screws counterclockwise and set them aside.

Next, remove the two screws on the knob plate, which is the metal plate upon which the door knob sits. This causes the door knob itself to come loose, so don’t be surprised if they topple to the floor (keep your toes out of the way, or the knob may land on them when it falls!). If the knobs don’t fall, pull them off the door once the screws are removed.

Now, the pawl and internal mechanism will be exposed. Grip the mechanism inside the hole in the door and push it towards the exposed edge. Then, you can pull the entire thing out through the opening upon which the faceplate was resting. Finally, remove the strike plate located on the door jamb by removing the two screws and pulling the plate away.

3

Prepare the Knob, Door, and Jamb

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Your new door knob may come with multiple face plate options. When that is the case, you should select the option that best matches the opening in your door. If you need to change it, grip the mechanism firmly and use a flathead screwdriver to remove the default option. Then, position the one you’d prefer to use and press it on firmly.

Next, you’ll need to make sure the new strike plate and pawl mechanism will fit into the holes in the door and door jamb. If the space is too small, you’ll need a hammer and chisel to widen the openings. As you make adjustments, always start small. Chip away at the openings slowly to make sure you don’t remove any more material than necessary. If the space is too large, you may need to add the included plastic color around the pawl mechanism. This ensures the door knob fits snugly, preventing it from rattling around in the door.

4

Install the New Door Knob

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Once the fit has been adjusted (if necessary), you can start the installation. Begin by pushing the pawl mechanism with the attached face plate into the hole in the edge of the door. Make sure the curved edge of the pawl faces the direction the door will close. You want the slanted edge of the pawl to contact the strike plate, as this ensures the door shuts without having to turn the knob. After the pawl is pushed through the opening, you can screw the face plate down. Keep the mechanism as level as possible to ensure smooth operation. Often, this means alternating between the two screws as you tighten everything down.

Now, you can insert the handles. If the door includes a lock, make sure the lock is on the proper side of the door before you insert them knobs. Align the square pegs on the knob with the square openings and the screw holes with the threaded openings. For lever handles, make sure everything is facing in the right direction before you secure the knobs. Then, use the two screws to tighten the handle. After the handle is tightened down, rotate the knob or use the levers and make sure the pawl retracts properly. You may also want to test the locks while the door is in the open position, as this ensures you don’t accidentally lock yourself in or out of the room if there’s a malfunction.

Conclusion

Finally, install the new strike plate on the door jamb. Place the plate on the door jamb and use the screws to secure it. Once that’s complete, close the door and make sure it sits securely. Then, use the knob and open it.

If things don’t work properly, you may need to make small adjustments to the alignment of the pawl or the strike plate. This can involve loosening the screws, slightly shifting the strike plate or pawl mechanism, tightening the screws, and testing again. Once everything lines up and tests properly, you’re set. Now, you can enjoy your new door knob for years to come.

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Questions And Answers

How do you install a door knob on a new door?
If a hole needs to be cut, you do that first. Otherwise, you install latch, faceplate, strikeplate, lever, spindle, inside housing and then the knob. After installing these in this order, you will put the screw in.
How do you remove a door knob without screws?
Open your door and see if you can see a thin slot on the locking side of the knob. If there is a setscrew that is recessed, turn this in a counterclockwise until it moves out. For a slot, push you flathead in the slot and pull out the knob.
How do you measure a door knob?
You should first measure the hole for the doorknob at the center to the doorway edged, this will help you find the door set size. Often the door set size be will either 2 and 3/4 inches or 2 and 3/8 inches, almost all fit within this range.
How do you remove a Schlage door knob?
To remove this type of knob, you need to turn it all the way and hold the knob in place. Put something stiff into the hole in the center. This depresses the tab in the knob. While pushing that still object in, pull out on the doorknob.
What are the different types of door knobs?
There are many doorknobs available. There are keyed door locks, including doorknobs and door levers. There are also electronic door locks. Each of the locks offers something slightly different, while they all allow secured entry to your home. Your lock choice will be based on cost and personal preference.
How do you change the code on a Schlage door lock?
To add a new code press the button "Schlage" along with the number button one at the same time. Wait until you hear a beep and see three flashes. The green light flashing will let you know that it is ready for a new code to be programmed.
How much is a door knob?
Doorknobs can greatly vary in price. Some of them are less than $15 and others are up in the $50 range. It varies based on the brand and type of doorknob.
What is the difference between a passage door knob and a privacy door knob?
A passage door knob is also known as a closet or hall knob. These usually don’t lock. The privacy door knobs are usually put on bathrooms and bedrooms. They generally have locks on them.
What size hole saw is used for a door knob?
For most of the doorknobs, you will need to use a hole saw that is 2 1/8 inches. That is for the main hole. The latch hole should be done with a hole saw that is 1 inch.
How do you unlock a door knob?
You can unlock a door knob in many ways. Sometimes you do this by a key, a keypad, a push button, a turn lock, a deadbolt or an electronic lock.
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