Whether you’re replacing a broken handle or swapping out for aesthetic reasons, replacing a door knob is an easy process that any homeowner can tackle. All it takes is a few basic tools and a little bit of time. Let’s get started!
Figuring Out the Backset
Before installing a new lever or replacing current hardware, the first step is to check the backset and bore hole size in your door.
The backset is simply the distance from the edge of the door to the center of the existing hardware, generally 2-3/8 inches or 2-3/4 inches. Some hardware features an adjustable backset and can be used with either size.
Removing Old Hardware
Replacing a current knob requires the removal of the 2 screws on each side of the base plate. If no screws are visible, this means there’s a cover that’ll need to be removed. Carefully pry it off with a flathead screwdriver.
Once the screws have been removed, each side of the knob should slide apart and be removed from the door. Follow up with removing the screws securing the latch along the edge of the door. This will allow the cylinder assembly to be removed.
Installing the New Door Lever
Insert the new cylinder and secure it with the latch and screws. Ensure that it sits flush with the edge of the door as an uneven latch could prevent it from closing properly.
At this point the new door lever can be aligned and slotted through the cylinder assembly and bore hole. Tighten down the screws, test that the handle is working correctly, and you should be all set!
A change as simple as new door hardware could be just the upgrade your home needs. What are you waiting for? Swap out that dated door knob and add a touch of style to your home.