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Emtek storm door handlest broken: repair or replace?

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08-04-14, 10:42 AM   #1  
Emtek storm door handlest broken: repair or replace?

Came home from vacation, opened our back storm door, and the handle fell off in my hand. Maker is Emtek; there seems to be a plastic washer/o-ring that has broken (pictured). Can anyone advise on repair, or, if product is available for purchase, replacement? We'll do whichever is most practical/cost-effective.Name:  image.jpg
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08-04-14, 11:40 AM   #2  
Do a web search for the manufacturer and contact them to see if they have parts available.

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08-04-14, 12:05 PM   #3  
You may be able to fix that. Is the square rod held in with a set screw like the other handle has or is it permanently attached to that handle? I would think a plastic washer and the correct size snap ring if needed?

Some of those had the handle held in place to the plate by a snap ring, some just used a plastic bushing and tightening down the setscrews in both handles held them in

It should still function ok w/o a repair, though it may be a bit sloppy in the door.

I'm not sure Emtek still makes that style storm door hardware, but there are plenty of others that MAY work.

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08-04-14, 06:01 PM   #4  
Yeah, the plastic washer is probably something you can pick up in one of the parts drawers at a hardware store. The set screw in one half of the handle is probably all you need to fix if it came off in your hand.

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08-04-14, 06:47 PM   #5  
The plastic washer provides a little buffer between the lever & escutcheon but is not necessary for operation; apply a dab of grease on the wearing surfaces & it'll be fine.

The reason the lever came off is because the set screw in the lever finally loosened sufficiently...re-install lever, leaving a 1/16" end play, & tighten the set screws firmly. If the set screws loosen again, use Locktite or similar threadlocker.

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