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Video:How To Replace A Doorknob

with Sabrina Veroczi

Doorknobs may not be on the cutting edge of decoration, but they certainly contribute to the look of your home. Update shabby doors and closets by replacing your old doorknobs.See Transcript

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Transcript:How To Replace A Doorknob

Hi! I'm Sabrina Veroczi for About.com Home! Accenting your home with the right doorknobs not only provides safety from room to room, but also can also dramatically improve the look of your home. So, today I'm going to show you how to replace those old outdated doorknobs.

Tools Needed to Replace Doorknobs

For this project, you will need a Philips Head screwdriver and a doorknob kit, which you can pick up at most hard ware stores. Inside the kit you will find two doorknob handles, a strike plate, a striker, two long screws, and four short screws.

Remove the Old Doorknob

Using your Philips Head Screwdriver, remove the two screws on the old doorknob that are holding the doorknob in place. The screws should be located on the side of the doorknob that is facing the interior side of the door.

Remove the old doorknob from the door by pulling the two handles apart. Next, remove the striker by unscrewing it from the edge of the door and pulling it out of the door. Now we're ready to install the new doorknob.

Adjust the Doorknob Backset

Start by double-checking that the backset on the new striker is the same length as the backset for the old doorknob striker. If you need to adjust this setting, simply slide while twisting the striker until it clicks into the correct length for your door. Once the backset has been adjusted to the correct length, slide the striker for the new doorknob through the hole on the edge of the door. Using your Philips Head screwdriver, secure the striker to the edge of the door using the two small screws provided in your kit.

Replace the Doorknob

Slide the doorknob handle with the shaft attached through the hole of the striker and line up the screw holes on the inside of the doorknob handle with the holes in the striker. Once the holes are aligned, slide the other doorknob handle over the end of the doorknob shaft and double-check that the screw holes are still lined up.

After double checking that the screw holes of the doorknob are located on the interior side of the door, hold the two doorknob handles in place with one hand while sliding one long screw through each of the screw holes of the doorknob. Screw in each screw just about half way in by hand.

Once the screws have been started and you're sure the doorknob is on the door the way you want it, go ahead and use your Philips Head screwdriver to tighten each screw down the rest of the way. Now that we have our new doorknob in place, give it a twist to make sure it works properly.

Change the Striker Plate

Finally, unless the old and new doorknobs have a completely different look, the old striker plate is damaged, or it doesn't work with the new doorknob, its best to leave the old striker plate in place. If the old striker plate looks good and it holds the door in place while closed, you don't need to change the striker plate.

However, if the door does not shut properly or you don't like the look of your current striker plate, secure the new striker plate to the edge of the doorframe with your Philips Head screwdriver and the two remaining short screws in your doorknob kit.

Test the New Doorknob

Close the door and give it a jiggle to ensure that the door locks into place and remains closed after installing the new striker plate.

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