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  • How to Fit an Interior Door Handle

    Would you like to learn how to install an interior door handle? Read our handy how-to guide which will show you exactly what you need to do and what tools you'll need. So, it's well worth checking it out below!

    how to fit an interior door handle

    What Tools Do I Need to Install an Interior Door Handle?

    Below is a list of the tools that you will need to install an interior door handle:

    • Screwdriver

    What Safety Equipment Do I Need to Fit an Interior Door Handle?

    When installing a new door handle or knob, you do not need any specific safety equipment to complete the job effectively and safely.

    What Materials Do I Need to Install an Interior Door Handle?

    Below is a list of the materials that you will need for a door handle installation job:

    • Backset
    • Screws
    • Doorknob or handle
    • Lock
    • Strike plate

    How to Prepare for an Interior Door Handle Installation

    To prepare for installing a new door handle, you want to begin by removing the old door handle.

    Start by using a flat screwdriver to pry away the doorknob so that you can get to the screws underneath. You will then need to unscrew the screws that hold the interior part of the doorknob to the door.

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    You may need to remove additional screws to get the backset out of the door. Once you have done this, you should then be able to remove the entire doorknob with ease.

    Once you have removed the old doorknob, you can then go on to install a new one.

    How to Fit an Interior Door Handle Yourself

    Step 1

    Insert the backset into the door and ensure that the tapered edge is towards the way that the door will close. Once it’s in place, secure it with two screws.

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    Step 2

    Once the backset is installed, slide the front part of the lock through it. Once in the right position, you should now also install the back part of the doorknob. If your knob has a lock on it, you want the lock to be facing the right way. Be sure to test it before you secure everything in place.

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    Step 3

    Screw the knob into position once you’re happy that it is in the right place and that the lock works effectively.

    how to install a door handle step 3

    Step 4

    Next, you want to test the doorknob on both sides of the door to ensure that it is functioning properly.

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    Step 5

    You will then need to test the lock by locking it and making sure you can’t turn the knob on the other side while it is locked.

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    Step 6

    Once you’re certain it works effectively, you should then push the door shut and check that the backset lines up with the strike plate.

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    Step 7

    You then want to remove the old strike plate by unscrewing it and replace it with the new strike plate.

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    Then, close the door again and test once more that everything lines up and that the knob and lock are working effectively.

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    How do you remove an interior door handle?
    Below is a simple step-by-step guide on how to remove an interior door handle:
    1. Locate the screws
    2. Unscrew the fitted screws
    3. Remove the latch plate
    4. Remove the striker plate
    5. Locate the recessed fasteners
    6. Unscrew the recessed fasteners
    7. Remove the lock system
    8. Unfasten the screws behind the cover plate
    9. The entire handle should now be removed
    How do you fix a loose interior door handle?
    Loose door handles are usually a result of a loose screw. Look around the door handle to identify the loose screw and then tighten it up. If a screw is missing, then you should replace it. This should fix the loose door handle.
    What height should my door handle be?
    Door handles must be fitted at a certain height to fit in with building regulations. It is recommended that door handles are installed at 100mm from the floor on the average-sized door.
    What is the cheapest type of door?
    Hollow, unfinished doors are the cheapest varieties you can buy. However, you may need to pay extra to decorate them.
    How much does it cost to get a new internal door fitted?
    On average, it costs around £240 to have an internal door fitted. This includes the cost of labour and materials.


    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 20th April 2021.

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