Modern Door Knobs And Levers - This is a simple guide to changing a busted doorknob at home. Carpenters charge by the hour and you also need to wait in line for them to take some time to come back and do what you want. Follow these simple instructions and you'll be able to get rid of that bothersome door knob that sticks or does not work anymore in a couple of minutes without breaking a sweat. This manual applies to standard knobs which are found all over your house, if you want to change the front door knob, well, that is not the same story which we will deal with in another article. The 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 your home. The mechanics in all of them works in much the same way and their match on the door is standard. You'll require a flat and a Phillips screwdriver ( the Phillips screwdriver is the one that has a rounded, star-shaped tip) and maybe a little hammer. The process of changing the doorknob is simple and easy to do because all you will be doing is exchanging one for the other.
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 find a listing of them on the instruction page. Open the door and using the Phillips screwdriver remove the 2 screws holding the door closing mechanism set up. This is the metallic bit that sticks out of the doorway and can be drawn inside the doorway when the knob is turned. Now have a peek at the side of the doorway that doesn't have the lock, the one that is on the inner side of the doorway. Have a look at the base of the knob, near the door itself, and you will notice a little hole with a little break inside of it. Have a key such as the bit of metal that is contained in the new doorknob set and put it in the little gap prying it open. Pull the doorknob out as you pry the gap till it comes out entirely.
You'll have removed the decorative part of the mechanism and the surgical part will be exposed. Against the door itself, you will notice a round piece of metal which is held in place by 2 big screws, remove the screws all the way. Once done you will now find the inside of the wooden door and the component of the doorknob that goes through it. Push the opening and closing mechanism on the front of the doorway and at precisely the same time pull the rest of the piece of this doorknob in the outside, it will slide out easily leaving a hole that goes through the doorway. Once this is completed, take the opening and closing mechanism and then slide it out the front of the doorway also. Now you need to reverse the process, set the opening and closing mechanism through the front of the door, make sure the flat side of this mechanism appears to the side to where the door opens. If the door opens outwards the flat side ought to look outwards also, in case it opens into the inside the flat 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 to the space provided for it at the doorknob cylinder. Locate both big 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 external knob, the opening and closing mechanism ought to retract without resistance. The surgical mechanism is set up, now it's time to complete the decorative area of the installationprocess. Take the decorative plate that covers the mechanism and slips right into position until it locks. Before placing in the decorative doorknob, lock the door and try the key without even closing the doorway. The door should unlock and lock without major pressure or resistance.
If it works correctly, closes the door and locks it, then try the key again. If there is resistance or it's hard to open, loosen the screws onto the front or on the cylinder supports just a bit, a couple of turns should do it, try the door again, it ought to be okay. Slip from the decorative door knob on the inside and flip it a bit until it clicks and locks into position. Congratulations you're now the proud owner of a brand new door knob which you installed personally. There are lots of little things such as this that you can learn how to do around the home, in your spare time that will save you money and maybe even time in case your home or plumber is very active and you need to make an appointment for them to come work for you. I am sure that in case you follow these simple instructions and keep your eye on the diagram included with your new doorknob you will not have any problems, you may even love yourself doing some handyman work.