Last updated on July 18, 2021
When do you have to remove a door knob?
Door knobs not only allow us to open and close doors securely, but it also allows us to have privacy and security within our homes. However, things don’t always go smoothly.
There might be times when you may misplace your keys or the door knob becomes faulty and gets jammed. This can cause you to get locked in or out of a room.
To be able to remedy these problems or replace broken ones, you’d need to know how to remove your door knobs.
If this seems like too much work, you might also want to go keyless. For more on that topic, keep reading!
What are the parts of a door knob?
Removing door knob without visible screws can be tricky. But if you know its parts, it can be easy.
What are the common types of door knobs for residential use?
Door knobs may differ based on the type and shape of the handle as well as whether or not it has a locking mechanism. In general, there are two common types of door knobs for residential use – those with exposed mounting screws, and those that don’t.
The latter type has a cover plate that hides the mounting screws to make it more difficult to remove without the proper tools.
What tool to use when you find a tiny hole?
Use a screwdriver or a paperclip depending on whether it is a button or a screw at the other side of the hole.
Loosening the screw with a screwdriver or pushing down on the button with a paperclip will release the handle, allowing it to be pulled out of the assembly.
What tool to use if you find a slot?
Use a flat-head screwdriver to pry off the rose by its slot. This will expose the mounting screws that you’d need to loosen in order to disassemble the door knob.
What tool to use if you find a recessed hex-head screw?
Use a small screwdriver with a hex head or an Allen wrench to loosen the screw.
What are the tools you need to remove a door knob?
The tools you’d need will vary depending on the type of doorknob you have. Typically, you’d need screwdrivers for removing door knob screws: a large flat-head screwdriver as well as a smaller screwdriver or an Allan wrench to completely disassemble a door knob.
Here’s how to remove a door knob without screws or latch.
How to remove a door knob after the cover is removed?
Here’s what to do after you the remove door knob faceplate.
What if the door knob is locked? How do you remove it?
Removing the knob of a locked door isn’t all that different from an unlocked one. But if you want to remove door knob stuck latch, you’d just have to:
Tips when reinstalling or replacing a door handle
When reinstalling a door handle, make sure that the curved side of the latch is facing the door frame so that it can close as expected. You may also find that the old door knob you’re replacing has a circular faceplate for the latch instead of the common rectangular ones. If this is the case, you simply have to pry the rectangular collar of the latch and replace it with your old door knob’s round collar.
All these would be easy if your door handle is of . Here’s how you can check and fix your door knob height.
How to avoid faulty or locked door knob?
Aside from age and frequent use that makes the inner parts get loose, jamming doors that requires planing, faulty door knobs can also be caused by a buildup of debris in both the keyhole and the locking mechanism.
These call for constant maintenance to be able to resolve these issues. This needs to be done from time to time and can take a while if you have a lot of doors that need work.
If you really want to avoid faulty or locked door knobs, upgrading to keyless is your best bet!
When should you go with a keyless door knob?
Security and reliability are of utmost importance when it comes to door knobs, and this is where keyless comes into play. As the name suggests, these do not require a key but instead only the use of a passcode input such as a keypad to disengage the lock – kind of like a safe.
This makes it more convenient as you don’t have to fumble with keys or even remember to bring them with you at all.
Keys can also be stolen and copied, posing a security risk. Doing away with keys also makes them more durable, reducing moving parts and points of failure.
Upgrade to keyless if you need a better door knob for your main door, or doors that are either frequently locked/unlocked.
Door knobs are commonplace in homes and the frustrations they can cause when they become faulty are well known by almost everyone. Knowing how to remove a door knob makes it easy to troubleshoot and fix these problems.
This also allows you to explore more options such as keyless door knobs for greater reliability and security.
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