How to Dismantle a Door Handle

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What You'll Need
Phillips screwdriver
Flat screwdriver

It is easy to dismantle a standard door handle that needs replacing because it’s worn, damaged, or you simply wish to replace it. To replace your existing door knob with a newer model or one with a more secure lock, follow these easy steps to effortlessly remove your existing handle.

Step 1 – Remove the Trim or Rosettes

Remove the trim or Rosettes on your door. The Rosettes are the metal rings you will find behind each doorknob on both sides of the door. To remove these rings, unscrew the two screws located on each side of the door that holds the rings in place.

If your doorknob is a newer model, it may not have any screws. In this case you will need to use a flat tool to pry under the ring to lift the ring off. Slide your tool very carefully under the ring so that you do not cause any damage to the wooden door such as splintering the wood or scratching the paint.

Step 2 – Remove the Long Screws Holding the Doorknob in Place

When the rings or Rosettes have been removed, you will note that there are two long screws imbedded in the edge of the door and holding the doorknob in place. Use your screwdriver and remove these two long screws completely from the door.

Step 3 – Remove the Door Knob from the Spindle Rod

Most doorknobs are attached to a spindle rod. Therefore, once the two long screws have been unscrewed, you will be able to easily remove the doorknob from the spindle rod.

Step 4 – Removing a "Spring Loaded" Door Knob

If your particular doorknob is a 'spring loaded' style, you will instead need to remove the knobs by pushing in the small metal indentation found at the very base of the knob. By pushing in the indentation, you will be able to free the knob and pull it easily off the spindle.

Step 5 – Remove the Two Screws and Bolt

Once the doorknobs have been removed, you will notice two screws and a bolt. These two screws and the bolt hold the door mechanism securely. You can now remove the two screws and the bolt with your screwdriver.

Step 6 – Leave the Strike Plate

Normally you would not need to do anything with the strike plate, the metal plate attached to the door frame that catches the bolt or lock when it’s released on the door. If the strike plate happens to be damaged or worn and you wish to replace it, you can do so merely by removing the screws and lifting the plate off.