Sunday, February 17, 2013

How to Adjust Side Door Handle

Fig.1 Inside door handle
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Phillips screwdriver

A local resident asked me how to repair their side door knob. The door handle was very loose and needed to be tightened.

This post shows the four steps to repairing this problem. 

Step 1: Above fig.1 shows the door knob, look at the door knob and determine the problem. 
Step 2: In this job the door handle uses Phillips machine screws they are easy to adjust. Below fig.2 shows the top of the door handle is loose at the top.
Fig.2 Door handle
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the use a Phillips screwdriver to tightened the handle screw snug. Make sure the lock can still move, turn or push the door handle up and down. It's easy to over tightened these screws and this can cause the damage the lock parts.
Fig.3 Tightened
Step 4: After the handle is tightened against the door, just do a general check of the frame plate to make sure its secured to the wood frame. Fig.4 shows checking the latch plate to make sure the door strike fits correctly. This job is a regular maintenance on the home, and must be done every three months. Now the resident will feel safe in their home and they know how to secure their front door. 
Fig.4 Safe and secure

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1 comment:

  1. Gary,
    I am amazed that anyone could make the adjustment of a doorknob so fascinating. Good Job!