How to OTW: Installing a Door Knob

Do you like playing Tarzan on your door? Maybe you are simply too rough and like barging into rooms instead of entering quietly and gracefully. There are many reasons why you might need to replace your door knob, and why wouldn’t you do it yourself? It doesn’t seem like such a difficult task. So, here are the instructions for all of you DIY fans.

Step By Step:

1.Remove the old door knob. And I mean everything, the knob, the latch, the plate, everything. This shouldn’t even be said. How would you install a new door knob if the old one is still in its place?

2.Slide the latch inside the door. Make sure you have already put the plate on the latch, othervise, you might figure out something’s wrong at the final stage of knob instaling, and then you’d have to do it all over again. Make sure you turn the latch the right way and don’t forget to hammer the latch into the place. The latch should be secured with screws. And this is something you shouldn’t be able to screw up.

3.Now comes the time to affix the door knob. This is where the latching mechanism connects with the knob. First, you have to put the part of the knob with a peg through the latching mechanism. This makes sure the knob actually does its job of holding the doors closed and opening them as needed. Ofcourse, this is not the end, since we have the other half of the knob. The other half should be aligned with the first half, before putting them together. Make sure you do this properly, so the knob would function optimally. Finaly, secure the knob with some screws. You don’t want it falling off and staying in your hand.

4.Secure the knob. We’ve gone through the main stepps of installing a door knob, now let’s go over some details. There are some extra steps you could take during the proces that would make your door knob more secure, durable and comfortable to use. For example, you could fill in the old screw holes if they don’t fit your new door knob. Make new screw holes. Make sure the plate fits and is well secured. 

5.Test. The final part: does it work? This is as simple as opening and closing the door. Does the latch do it’s job? Can the door be closed? Why or why not? Do they jam? If you notice any of these, the problem might be in a way you installed the latch. Do it again, this time properly. There might be some other issues, like loose door knob. If that’s the case, the solution is usually simple: screw the knob a little bit tighter. If that doesn’t work, check if you’ve aligned the knob properlly. 

6.The finishing touch. Touch up the area around the knob. You don’t want it looking ugly, chipped or unpainted. Make sure you get the same shade as the door.

hat’s it for today’s dose of DIY. Hopefully, in the future you won’t have to call a repair man to do a simple job of changing your door knob, when you can do it yourself.