is the little screw that hold the door handle to the stalk a standard size?


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Old 03-08-24, 06:42 AM
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is the little screw that hold the door handle to the stalk a standard size?

the screw popped out of the outside door lever and I can't find it nearby.
so now the door lever slides off the stalk.
are door handle screws a standard size or do I have to match make/model etc?

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Old 03-08-24, 06:57 AM
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Well there are thousands of door handles and we can't even see yours. So not really sure how we can answer a vague question like that.
 
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They do use standard hardware but there is no one standard size or type. Some are metric. Some are English/ANSI and different sizes are used by different manufacturers on different models at different times in history. It's easiest to just keep trying until find find one that fits.
 
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Is there a set screw on the inside lever as well, that you can use to match it? What is brand and age of lock? Photos?
 
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Way too many years ago I had a replacement spindle & knob screw kit that met 90% of my needs. Component refills were either impossible to find or not available, so I bought a new kit every few years.

I don't remember particulars, but retain the general impression that there were no common diameters or thread pitches in that kit (and to me, neither 2-56 TPI nor 1/4"-32 TPI is uncommon).
 
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it's a very old kwikset knob
there's no matching set screw on the inside or elsewhere in the unit and I'm sensing there's no standardization when it comes to these set screws so I may be looking at a replacement set


 
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It is a standard thread size. You just need to find out what it is. You can try ordering set screw variety packs in small sizes & metric and ANSI/English. Do you know a hobbyist or mechanic that might have an assortment of small size screws you could try? You can also check the hardware isle at a big box home center though I don't think they carry hardware that small.
 
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"Very old" is relative, (lol) I think these came out about 20 years ago, "new style", to me. IIRC, it's likely you've not lost the screw, it's probably still in there, but has loosened up, allowing the lever to come off. Use a small Allen wrench (don't remember the size, try 3/32" or 2.5mm) and turn clockwise. The set screw is deep into the hole; it impinges on the opposite side of the lever. You may have to turn the key one way or the other to allow access to the screw, don't remember. There should be a way to prevent removal when the handle is locked, for obvious security reasons. I just remember the wrench has to go quite deeply to engage the screw. As you tighten, giggle the lever a bit to make sure the screw seats into the hole on the opposite side.
 
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The more I think about it, I'm pretty sure it's a 3/32" Allen you need.
 
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Re-read my post and had to laugh....."Jiggle" the lever.....we don't need the lever to be amused.
 
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You can get small set screws (standard and metric, as I recall) in the hardware aisles of big box stores. They're in the pull-out specialty drawers and pretty cheap; you could buy a few different sizes to try (carefully) to see what fits.
 
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since we're selling the place anyway I figured replace the whole set with one of those kwickset smart key systems.


everything was going well until the deadbolt - it works perfectly it just goes too far back into the hole
 
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You didn't set the backset on the deadbolt to 2 3/4". Take it apart, give the deadbolt a half twist and reassemble.
 
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Nice catch, Sleeper.
 
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If I were to do that then the hole wouldn't line up. I didn't see anywhere else to adjust how much the deadbolt retracts. I'm going to leave it since it functions, lining up all those things to get the screw in was an experience I'm not looking forward to,

but thank you
 
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Check the installation instructions that came with the deadbolt.
 
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