Metal Plate Behind Door Knob - This is a very simple guide to altering a damaged doorknob at home. Carpenters charge by the hour and you also have to wait in line to allow them to have time to come and do everything you need. Follow these easy directions and you can eliminate that bothersome door knob which sticks or will not work anymore in a few minutes without breaking a sweat. This manual applies to normal knobs which are found throughout your property, if you would like to modify the front door knob, well, that's not the same story which we will deal with in a separate article. The very first thing to do is to go outside and find the new doorknob, decide on the one you like even if it is different to the ones you already have around your house. The mechanism in all of them works in much the same manner and their fit on the door is regular. The practice of altering the doorknob is straightforward and easy to do because all you will do is exchanging one for another.
The very first thing to do is to break open the new doorknob and make sure all the necessary parts are there. You will find a list of these on the education page. This is actually the metallic piece that sticks from the door and can be drawn inside the door when the knob is turned. Now have a peek at the side of the door that doesn't have the lock, the one which is on the inner side of the door. Have a look at the base of the knob, near the door itself, and you'll see a little hole with a little break inside of it. Take a key like the piece of metal that's included in the new doorknob place and set it in the little gap prying it open. Pull the doorknob out as you pry the gap till it comes out entirely.
You will have removed 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 2 big screws, remove these screws all the way. Once done you will now find the interior of the wooden door and the component of the doorknob which goes through it. Push the opening and closing mechanism on the front of the door and at precisely the same time pull the rest of the piece of the doorknob from the exterior, it will slide out easily leaving a hole that goes through the door. Once this is done, take the opening and closing mechanism and then slide it from the front of the door also. Now you have to reverse the process, place the opening and closing mechanism throughout the front of the door, be sure that the flat side of the mechanism appears to the side to where the door opens. If the door opens outwards the horizontal side ought to look outwards also, if it opens into the interior the horizontal side ought to look inwards.
Find both big screws and the metal cover that goes on the interior and twist it in place. Make sure it is tight but not too tight. Test this by turning the external knob, the opening and closing mechanism ought to retract without resistance. Now set the screws onto the opening and closing mechanisms, again don't over tighten them, examine the doorknob again, there should be no interference or resistance. The operative mechanism is in place, now it is time to finish the cosmetic part 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 try the key without actually closing the door. The door should lock and unlock without major pressure or resistance.
If it works properly, closes the door and locks it, then try the key again. If there is resistance or it is hard to open, loosen the screws onto the front or on the cylinder affirms just a little, one or two 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 little things like this that you can learn how to do around the house, in your spare time which will help save you money and even time if your carpenter or electrician is very busy and you have to make an appointment for them to come work for you. I am positive that if 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 may even enjoy yourself doing some handyman work.