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How to Replace a Door Knob

How to Replace a Door Knob

This old door knob has seen better days. It has a tendency to stick and feels and sounds pretty worn on the interior. The main reason I'm replacing it though is because the lock release mechanism on the front is stripped and cannot function properly which creates a safety issue. Once the door closed and locked it can only be unlocked from the inside.

door knob replacement

door knob replacement

How to Replace a Door Knob

The tools needed for most door knob change outs are a couple of screwdrivers and maybe a utility knife or sharp chisel. I've got two different sized regular and phillips head screwdrivers for the job.

How to Replace a Door Knob

This particular type of door knob has the screws that hold the unit together hidden behind the faceplate. So I had to pry off the faceplate with a small screwdriver. There is usually a slot provided for doing this. If the screws are exposed, which is the case in most of the new lock-sets, simply remove both screws. Remember to use the correct sized screwdriver to prevent stripping out the screw head.

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