There are various reasons why homeowners decide to replace their door knobs. Whether they just had a new door installed by Rockford contractors or perhaps the knob is broken, or you don’t know who all has keys to the lock. Regardless of the reason, changing a door knob is a simple project. Before you begin changing your door knob, there are a few things that you’ll need to know and a few supplies you’ll need to complete the project.

When you go to purchase the new door knob, you’ll need to make sure that you are purchasing the correct door knob. If you are placing it on an exterior door, you’ll need to make sure that you purchase a secure entry lock. In addition, take note of the latch on the door’s side edge. Are the edges of the latch rounded, square, or is it just a small ring with no screw holes? You’ll want to find a latch that will match what you currently have, or you will have to do some adjusting.

To complete this project, you will need:

  • New door knob
  • Screwdriver
  • Cordless drill (if you don’t have one, the screwdriver will work)
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Pencil (in case the door or jamb requires adjustment)

Now you are ready to replace your old door knob with a new one of your choice! Follow the steps below to easily complete the process.

Step 1: Remove Existing Door Knob and Hardware

Start by removing the two screws in the door knob that holds the door knob on the door. Use your screwdriver to complete this step, as the drill could potentially strip out the screws. Once you have the door handle removed, unscrew the strike plate assembly on the front edge of the door and pull it out. Lastly, remove the strike plate from the doorjamb.

Step 2: Install New Strike Assembly

Ensure that the new strike assembly matches the old one that you are replacing. If they are a match, push the new strike into the hole on the front edge of the door. If they are not a match, check to see if matching hardware came with the set or you’ll need to adjust the hole using your chisel. To chisel a larger hole, push the latch assembly in and draw a line with your pencil around it, so you know how big you’ll need to make the hole. Once it fits correctly, screw it into the door.

Step 3: Secure the Door Knob

Now you are ready to secure your new door knob, start by pushing the outside handle in first, followed by the inside handle. Check to make sure that the holes line up, before inserting the two long screws. Start tightening the screws by hand, until they get started; finish tightening the screws using either the screwdriver or drill. Avoid over-tightening the screws, as this will prevent the new handle from working properly. Check to make sure that the handle fits snug against the door and doesn’t jiggle.

Step 4: Install the Strike Plate

Now that you have your new door knob installed, you are ready to finish the project by installing the new strike plate to the doorjamb. Simply screw the strike plate into place, and adjust the corners around the plate with your chisel and hammer if necessary.

Step 5: Check and Adjust Doorknob as Needed

Finally, open and close the door a few times to ensure that it latches and locks properly. If you find that the handle works properly, but the latch doesn’t, you may need to adjust the strike plate accordingly. This may include moving the strike plate up or down, forward or backward until it fits correctly, allowing for the latch to work.

Whether you are moving into a new home, hiring Rockford contractors to remodel your existing home, or have decided it is just time to update your doorknobs, you’ll be surprised by just how easy it is to complete this project with a few simple tools and some time to dedicate to getting it to work properly!