Can't Figure Out How To Remove Very Old Doorknob

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Old 09-09-10, 09:04 AM
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Can't Figure Out How To Remove Very Old Doorknob

I live in a very old house - probably at least 80 years old. I am trying to remove the bathroom doorknob. There are tall rectangular faceplates around the doorknob with old-fashioned keyhole below the doorknob.

The problem I am having is that there is a slot-head screw in the shaft of each knob. However, when I turn either screw, they do not unscrew out. And I have tried to leverage them out with the flat-head screwdriver, to no avail.

Any suggestions on how to remove the screws?

Thanks in advance for any assistance!

KIP PIPER
 
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Old 09-09-10, 12:11 PM
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Many of those old knobs are on a square threaded shaft. The small screw in the knob is a set screw that prevents the knob from turning on the shaft. To remove the knob you must first unscrew the set screw that goes into the side of the knob. Then grab the knob and unscrew it by turning counter clockwise. Once one knob is off you should be able to grab the knob on the other side of the door and pull, removing the square shaft with it.
 
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Old 09-09-10, 12:14 PM
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Hi Pilot Dane -

Thanks so much! I'll give that a try tonight and let you know how it works.

KIP
 
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