How to Remove a Door Lever Handle

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What You'll Need
Door level handle
Paper clip
Allen wrench

A door lever handle is a convenient alternative to a traditional doorknob. It gives you a wider and easier grip, and is also usually easier to remove and replace, whether it breaks or you just get tired of the style. However, since the screws that hold a door lever handle in place are usually hidden, there are a few tricks as far as how to remove it successfully. Keep reading to discover them.

Step 1 - Unscrew the Door Lever Handle

In order to get at the screws that hold the handle to the door, you need to expose them by removing the plate that surrounds the lever handle, also known as a rose. You can usually twist or pry it off with a flathead screwdriver to expose the screws. Use a Philips head screwdriver to unscrew them.

Step 2 - Remove the Lock

Stick one end of a straightened paper clip into the pinhole of the lever to spring the lock release button. At this point, you should be able to pop the lever right out of the door, although you may need to use an Allen wrench to remove any other fasteners.