Door DIY: How to Change Your Doorknobs and Locks

How to Replace Your Own Doorknobs When it comes to your home, it is essential to keep the finishes classic and timeless. From DIY kitchen renovation projects to designing the perfect home workshop, you do not want to keep making significant changes on your home as this will be very expensive. It is essential however to learn some basic tasks such as changing door knobs to keep up with the styles in the market as well as replacing any broken door knobs.

There are many different styles of door knobs. Different doors may have a similar style of door knobs, or one may choose to have as many styles as possible.

If you want to change the outlook of your house, changing the door knobs will give you a new feel. Door knobs are also essential in maintaining the security of your home. Weak door knobs can be an easy entry point for burglars coming to your home. Door knobs also work in maintaining privacy. For rooms that require supervised entry or when you need your privacy, you can achieve this by keeping the doors locked.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing Door Knobs

Choose you new door knob style, color and shape. Choose the door knob style that you would like to use in your home. While door knobs offer a massive collection of styles, choose door knobs that are classy and easy to handle. Choose colors that rhyme with the interiors of your house.

Your safety and security is key. When purchasing door knobs, ensure that you purchase door knobs that will guarantee your safety.

Choosing Your Door Knob Style

Here are some options to consider when choosing your door knob style.

Twist Knob Door Knobs

Different Types of Doorknobs These come in a simple design that allows you to add a touch of style to your house. It is essential that you choose a style that fits your door and surrounding furniture. For a twist knob, ensure that it is strong and not prone to breakage. Choose metals that are equally not prone to rusting, as this may deter its movement. Cut glass door knobs and reeded door knobs would best be used in the bathrooms and kitchens, as these areas are moist most of the time. When fitted with the appropriate latches, the latch can turn on either side regardless of the configuration of your door. Purchase tailor spindles to fix compatible knobs for use on cupboards or any door knobs that do not require turning.

Twist knob door knobs come in an oval or egg shape to enhance the grip while turning. Choose a size that compliments your door and one that will be comfortable to hold for most users. Large door knobs may be difficult to hold for small children. For bathrooms used by younger children, install small door knobs that will be easier for them to twist.

Lever Handle Door Knobs

Though it has been there for hundreds of years, the lever is the most recent technology to be integrated with modern interior design. Lever handle door knobs are used on external doors such as patios and front doors. They are available in a wide variety of finishes and designs.

Where doors do not allow locks with deep cases, lever handles are the most essential to use. They are also a great choice for glazed doors. Unlike regular door knobs, lever handle door knobs offer a wide variety of back plate options such as round roses to long back plates. When you purchase a long plate, you can incorporate a key hole or a bathroom turn. These reduce costs that would be incurred to purchase these elements separately.

Lever handles may require more maintenance over a long period of time as compared to twist door knobs. They have springs that keep the lever at the horizontal position. If not maintained, the springs can fail prematurely. Levers can also cause clothes to tear if caught by the lever. Minor injuries can also be caused by the lever through accidental contact with body or where children use them as a playing tool.

How to Change Your Door Knobs

Replacing a door knob is even easier than patching drywall. The first step in changing your door knob is to remove the already existing door knob. To do this, ensure you have the right screw driver. Identify where the screws are located. Most door knobs have their screws hidden in order to give the knob a streamlined look. Where the knob has small pin holes or slots instead of screws, this means that the knob has a hidden lever also known as a detent.

Next, unscrew the door knob. Hold the knob securely in place and use a screw driver to turn the screws anticlockwise. In case of pinholes and slot openings, use a flat head screw driver to push it inward.

Remove the latch plate. Use a drill to unscrew the screw in the latch as well as the screws on the inside of the door handle. Keep the screws together as they are very tiny and may get lost.

Install the new latch plate. Door latches come in various configurations with the most common being the tubular latch or one with a mortise plate. A latch with an attached mortise plate offers more security, as it holds the latch more securely with screws. To install the new latch, place it on the edge of the door and make sure it is centered on the bore hole and note the markings. Chisel out areas not required so that the latch fits in.

Once you are done with the markings of the mortise plate, clean out the Centre with a chisel. Using a sharp chisel will give you a smooth finish. Confirm the depth is ok using the latch. Small adjustments can be made until the latch fits in correctly and gives a smooth finish. Install the screws and secure the latch in place using a screw driver.

Install a new knob and spindle. To install the spindle, snugly tighten the spindle. The spindle is inserted into the latch with a stop pin on the unlocking side of the door. Screw in the door knobs until they rest freely on the door plate. Wiggle the door knobs slightly to keep them from binding with the plates. Screw in the remaining screws after confirming the door knob is freely turning.

Attach interior door knob and spindle. Align the interior door knob with the outside knob before screwing it in. Tightly screw in the screws and test the lock to see if it works ok with the outside door knob.

Changing Out a Lock

To change a lock, here are a few steps to follow.

Match the Key

Most have similar sizes of locks for all rooms to maintain uniformity in the house. When changing in to a new lock, measure the keys of other locks in the house. This information will be useful in purchasing a lock that is compatible with the current key. Note the current brands in the house for a simulated look.

Take Measurements for the Replacement Lock

Replacing an Old Doorknob Measure the diameter of the existing holes cut out on the door to ensure that you install a lock of similar size. Measuring should be done carefully for older homes as it can be problematic. Current door knobs are connected through a hole in the door under the plate. It is crucial to confirm this by the removing the plate first.

Take measurements between the edge of the door and the center of the hole. Install a lock with the same setback. For most new locks, you can adjust the latch to either distance.

Replace the Latch

Remove screws from the door knob on the interior side of the door. Remove the door knobs from either side of the door. Remove the latch plate on the edge of the door by unscrewing the screws on the plate. Install the new latch plate facing the direction you push the door to close it.

Ensure the new latch plate fits in the recessed area and simulates with the surface of the door.

Install the Door Knobs

Install both the interior and outside knob by sliding the spindle and through the slot in the latch. Align all the screws from the inside knob into the cylinders of the exterior knob and tighten the screws. Remove the strike plate and install the new one on the same place. Close and open the door several times to ensure the latch aligns with the strike plate and that the knob turns smoothly.

Changing Out a Dead Bolt

A dead bolt ensures high security against forced entry and should be well monitored for damage or wear. Replacing a damaged dead bolt is a simple task.

Remove the Screws of the Deadbolt

Remove the screws on the face plate of the dead bolt using a screw driver. The face plate is the side inside your home.

Pull Out the Interior Face Plate

Twist the face plate counter clockwise and then pull it out. Some plates however do not require twisting.

Remove the Exterior Face Plate

Remove any screws on the exterior face plate. Where no screws have been installed, simply pull out the face plate.

Unscrew the Set Plate

The set plate is the piece of metal that connects the bolt and the door frame. The screws are at the top and the bottom of the set plate.

Insert the New Bolt

Changing Out the Doorknob Insert the new bolt with provided screws at the edge of the door. Feed the long metal piece through the opening of the center of the bolt. Most deadbolts come with an interior plate and a decorative outer plate with a recessed screw. To attach the interior part of the deadbolt, insert the two long provided screws through the interior plate to the exterior side of the lock.

Thread in the screws and tighten them with a screw driver and snap on the decorative new plate. It is important to test if the deadbolt is working once the strike plate has been inserted. Ensure the hole in the door jamb is deep enough to accept the entire bolt.

Learning how to install or replace door knobs and bolts is an easy task to learn. Unlike fixing a leaky roof or beginning a new plumbing project, you don’t have to call a professional every time you need to do your repairs.

Refresh the Style of Your House Today

Door knobs define your sense of style in your home. While your security is crucial, play around with different styles. Always chose finishes that are classic and timeless to avoid the cost of replacing them now and then. Avoid purchasing cheap items because in some cases, they tend to be faulty. Identify companies with good product reviews before purchasing any item.

Before undertaking any repairs or installations, ensure you have the right tools. Depending on the screw size, you may require different sets of screw drivers. Keep all screws safely as they are tiny and may get lost. They may also be a source of accidents for children.