The Ins and Outs of Doorknobs and How to Install One

September 2, 2015Allison Murray
Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

So today’s post isn’t overly crafty BUT if you find yourself in need of painting doors or replacing your doorknobs entirely this bit of info is going to wind up being pretty valuable for you. For the longest time I taped around door knobs to repaint my doors. My dad asked why I would do that when I could just remove the knob entirely and not have to clean up that paint that seems to always bubble beneath the tape.

It turns out that it’s pretty dang easy and I’ve been taking ’em off and putting ’em right back every time I paint these days. Not everybody does, of course and that’s why I had to clean my knobs of paint anyway :) But cleaning them off of the door was way easier too!

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

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You’ll first start by removing the screws from your door knob. They will only be on one side and easily visible. After removal set aside somewhere where they won’t get lost!

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

Next you’ll pull the handle knobs on either side away from the door to remove. The knob with the long spindle bit might have to be twisted or finagled a little bit to remove.

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

Here is my knob off of the door. There isn’t a whole lot there but there is more to it still inside of the door.

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

This is the deadlatch. It’s the part inside of the hole of the door.

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

It’s the part of the door, along with the strike plate on the doorjamb, that secures it when shut. You can push it in with your finger to see how it works.

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!You probably won’t need to remove this part unless you are installing all new knobs but to remove you use a screwdriver in the place you see above on the deadlatch and push it out through the side of the door. The longer this has been in the door the harder it seems to be to remove. It does take some force so get ready to really get after it.

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

Here is the deadlatch completely outside of the door.

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

To reinstall you just jam that sucker back in the way you found it. Be sure that the angled part of the deadlatch points to outside of the room.

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

Place the portion of the knob with the spindle through the door. You won’t get it wrong because it is shaped like the area it needs to run through.

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

Slide the other part of the knob over the spindle and move around to match the holes with the screw posts inside. Not going to lie this can be a stupid pain in the butt! Just be patient and you’ll get it though!

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

Screw the knob on until nice and tight and you’re finished! Well, you should probably check that the door properly works before declaring victory!

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

Now what happens when you’re working on doors and without thinking you shut it? There’s no handle to open the door back up so what happens now? See that hole that is shaped like a D? Now see the bit of metal with a gap in it that looks like a C?

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

Grab a handy, dandy screwdriver and place it in this area of the deadlatch. Turn to push the C part in and pull the door out. Bada bing the day is saved and you don’t have to starve to death in your home because you had no doorknob to escape the house from :)

This isn’t exactly rocket science but everybody has to learn skills before they can use them. This skill is quite handy if you like to decorate and mix things up or just keep things nice and fresh with a new coat of paint.

Learn how to remove and install a doorknob. Great to update or remove to make painting doors easier!

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