How to Replace an Interior Screwless Doorknob

Why You Need to Know About Replacing a Doorknob

As mentioned above, it is not often that a doorknob needs replacing. However, there are times that one will break or stop working or you want to change up the decor. You might also need to know how to do it so you don’t have to call a professional and spend more money. The tips below should help you.

Lever door handle with child safety lock
Lever door handle with child safety lock


Maintenance for Doorknobs and Other Areas

It’s a good idea to try the door knobs throughout the year to make sure they lock and unlock properly. The last thing you want is someone getting locked in a room and no one can get to him/her without breaking the door down. Knowing what type of locks you have is important so they can be replaced easily.

Additionally, if you are thinking about selling your home, a home inspector will check to make sure the knobs are working on exterior and interior doors.

When looking through the house at the doors, keep

When looking through the house at the doors, keep an eye on any that might look like they are sticking. Is your AC fan in the “on” or “auto” position? In the south especially, it should always be on “auto.” This is because the humidity increases in the “on” setting, so the fan doesn’t pull the moisture out of the air.

Lastly, also be on the lookout for any mold issues in the home. You never know when water will get into the home or the humidity is too high. You may spot it on the carpet or on the walls. The earlier you can catch it the better.

Taking your time once a year to look through your home for any issues is a smart idea. The earlier you can find an issue, the better.

Essential Tips to Keep in Mind

Before you start working on your door knob, make sure you know what kind of door knob it is. This is because you might damage your door knob if you don’t know how to work it. If you are unsure, ask to avoid damages where otherwise, you wouldn’t have any.

During the process, keep in mind to handle everything with care. Doors with invisible screws tend to cost more than traditional door knobs. Practice some patience and take care. It will be over if you pay attention and effort to your project.

1. Interior Access

It may be a bit counterintuitive, but how to remove a locked door knob from the outside starts with making sure you are not outside the door. Door knob fasteners are only accessible from the interior side of a door. Your first step has to be moving from outside to inside.

Accessing the interior side of a door can be done in one of two ways. You can open the locked door knob from the outside or use another entry point. Finding another entry point can be difficult if you are dealing with bathroom door locks or you are locked out of your apartment.

In these cases, there is often only one entryway. Windows and back doors are not viable to fit through or reach. If you find yourself with no alternative entry point, you will have to get the door open before you worry about how to remove a locked door knob from the outside.

A locksmith’s home lockout service is going to be the most universal and reliable way to open your door. For tips on opening your locked door knob yourself, there is a whole section below that will give an overview of the various methods. You can jump to that section now or keep reading.

Key Takeaways:

  • Door knobs are secured by fasteners on the interior side of the door.
  • You must move from outside to inside or get your door open before removal.
  • If you cannot find another way into the room, the door will have to be opened.

2. Set the Doorknob Chassis in the Hole

Insert the doorknob chassis – identified by a protruding shaft and two screw posts – into the doorknob hole, inserting the center shaft into the hole in the latch, says Baldwin. You may need to hold the protruding side of the latch and move slightly to align the shaft and interior latch hole.

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5. Install the Rose Covers

Install the rose covers on each doorknob side by placing on the shaft, pressing inward and snapping into place with your fingers. The doorknob chassis side may have the cover already installed depending on brand and model.

Residential Locksmith Services

Of course, if you run into any troubles while trying to remove a lock at your home, feel free to contact Great Valley Lockshop at 484-324-2986 or fill out a service request for assistance.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2016 and has been completely updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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