Craftsman Interior Door Knobs - This is a very simple guide to changing a damaged doorknob in your home. Carpenters charge by the hour and you also have to wait in line to allow them to take some time to come back and do what you need. Follow these easy directions and you can eliminate that bothersome door knob which sticks or does not work anymore in a few minutes without breaking a sweat. This manual applies to standard knobs which are found throughout your house, if you would like to change the front door knob, nicely, that's a different story which we will deal with in a separate article. The very first thing to do would be to go outside and get the newest doorknob, decide on the one you like even if it's different to the ones that you already have around the home. The mechanism in all of them functions in much the same manner and their match on the door is regular. The process of changing the doorknob is straightforward and easy to do because all you will do is exchanging one for another.
The first thing to do would be to split open the new doorknob and make sure all the necessary parts are not there. You'll see a list of them on the instruction page. Once you are certain that the set is complete it is time to choose the old one apart. Open the door and using the Phillips screwdriver remove the two screws holding the door closing mechanism in place. This is actually the metallic piece that sticks out of the door and is drawn in the door once the knob is turned. Now have a look at the side of the door that does not have the lock, the one which is on the inner side of the door. Have a look at the bottom of the knob, close to the door itself, and you'll see a small hole with a tiny bit of break inside of it. Have a key such as the piece of metal that's contained in the new doorknob place and set it in the small gap prying it open. Pull the doorknob out since you pry the gap till it comes out completely.
You'll have eliminated the cosmetic part of the mechanism and the operative part will be exposed. Against the door itself, you will see a round piece of metal which is held in place by two large screws, remove these screws all the way. Once done you will now see the inside of the wooden door and the part of the doorknob which goes through it. Push the opening and closing mechanism on the front of the door and at the same time pull the remaining piece of this doorknob in the outside, it will slide out easily leaving a hole that goes through the door. After this is completed, take the opening and closing mechanism and then slide it out the front of the door too. Nowadays you have to reverse the process, place the opening and closing mechanism through the front part of the door, be sure that the flat side of this mechanism looks to the side to where the door opens. If the door opens outwards the horizontal side ought to look outwards too, in case it opens to the inside the horizontal side ought to look inwards.
Now slide in the cylinder through the doorknob hole while holding the opening and closing mechanism pushed in so that it fits into the area provided for it in the doorknob cylinder. Locate the two large screws and the metal cover that goes on the inside and twist it in place. Make sure it's tight but not too tight. Test this by turning the outside knob, the opening and closing mechanism ought to retract with no resistance. Now set the screws on the opening and closing mechanisms, again don't over tighten them, test the doorknob again, there should be no hindrance or resistance. The operative mechanism is in place, now it's time to finish the cosmetic area of the installation. Just take the decorative plate which covers the mechanism and slips into position until it locks. Before putting in the cosmetic doorknob, lock the door and attempt the key without even closing the door. The door should unlock and lock without major pressure or resistance.
When it functions correctly, closes the door and locks it, try the key again. When there's resistance or it's difficult to open, loosen the screws on the front or on the cylinder affirms just a little, a couple of turns should do it, try the door again, it ought to be okay. Congratulations you are now the proud owner of a new door knob which you installed personally. There are lots of small things such as this that you are able to learn to do around the home, in your free time which will save you money and maybe even time in case your carpenter or plumber is quite active and you have to make an appointment for them to come work for you. I am sure that in case you follow these simple directions and keep an eye on the diagram as well as your new doorknob you'll not have any problems, you might even love yourself doing any handyman work.