lever door handle falls off

Old 09-30-09, 06:43 PM
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lever door handle falls off

I have double french doors that lead to my deck which are about 6 years old...the lever handle on the door that is used the most has for about 1 1/2 years fallen off easy; my husband would "tighten" something (?) and that would temporarily fix it. Now, however, it has fallen off, my husband is not here to "fix" it, and I cannot seem to get it to do anything but fall off. What can I do to repair this handle without purchasing a new set (one for each door so they match)? Thanks for any insight anybody might be able to offer...
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Welcome to the forums.

Depending in the brand of lockset that you have, on the inside escushion (the plate against the door) there may be a couple of screws that hold the lockset in the door.

If that escushion is smooth (no screws in it), there is probably a small set screw on the shank of the lever handle that holds it in place.
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Lefty is definitely on the right track.

If the handle fell off, the set screw has simply backed out (assuming it uses a set screw). These set screws are usually tightened with an allen key (hex wrench), or sometimes just a standard or phillips screw driver if it is really old.

If that isn't the case, there might be a spring loaded retainer. This will have to be depressed with a poke tool of some kind (such as a small nail) to allow the lever to slide back over it, after which the spring loaded retain will pop back into place. Good luck!

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