need to remove old Yale door knob

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Old 02-02-16, 10:32 AM
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need to remove old Yale door knob

I have a Yale doorknob in my house that I want to replace. It possibly dates back as far as the 1950s. There are no exposed screws on either side of the door. There is a tab on the interior side (pic 2) that I was able to depress to loosen the rose plate. This reveals the two screws but there is no room for me to unscrew them (pic 3). When I loosen the rose plate I see that the tab that I depressed is actually a wire (pic 3), but I'm not sure if there's something I'm supposed to be doing with the wire. I assume I'm missing a step that will allow me to remove the interior knob as a first step. There is a pin hole in both the interior and exterior knobs (pics 1 and 2), but pushing a nail into them hasn't released any button or allowed me to remove the knobs.Name:  Knob.jpg
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Old 02-02-16, 10:36 AM
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push the butt end of a small drill bit into the hole in picture one, (you may have to push it in and out a little as you pull the knob) and pull the knob off. Then the rose will slip off and you can take the screws out.
 
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It you push a pin or nail into the hole on the side of the interior handle shown in picture 2, the handle should release and slide off. Then the rose plate can be removed and the screws accessed.

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Old 02-02-16, 05:31 PM
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Original poster here... we've tried pushing nails and paperclips into the hole on the interior knob and nothing's budging. What should we be looking for in the hole to push on? We do see a bit of a change in the interior mechanism as we slowly turn the knob and look in the hole, but nothing that really looks like a button or anything. Is it perhaps just a matter of applying more muscle power due to the age of the knob?
 
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Can't describe it any better. You push straight into that interior knob hole... push in and out on the nail or drill bit as you pull the knob out. Its a little button you have to depress so that the know can slip off over it.
 
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My experience with locksets ended at least twenty years ago, maybe as far back as thirty years. I vaguely remember using some kind of tool, a drill bit perhaps, to remove the inside door knob. What I DO remember is that I could not use a pointed tool, it had to have a flat end, to depress the spring inside the shank of the knob. I also vaguely remember that it was necessary to slightly twist the knob one way or the other to line up the spring needing to be depressed and the hole where the tool was inserted.

Maybe this will help you, maybe not. Won't hurt to try.
 
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Make sure you are using something that is less than half the size of the hole. You want to be able to twist the knob once you are pushing something in the hole. if the pin you are using is too large or pointed, it might block you from getting the knob to release.

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Takes too long for the guy to get there but this is it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qre6nF1-BE
 
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Old 02-04-16, 03:00 PM
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The Yale residential lock is one of the few that require turning the inside knob 45 degrees to align the retainer tab with the poke hole.

With the knob at rest, the tab should be directly in line with the latch, on the latch side of the spindle. The poke hole on the sleeve should be 45 degrees above or below the tab, thereby requiring the knob to be rotated 45 degrees to bring it in alignment with the hole. Most any tool you can stick in the hole will release the knob.
 
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