How to properly install door knobs and levers
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Here are all the steps you need to follow to properly install a door knob or lever in just a few minutes.
Outside housing: This is the "exterior" portion of your hardware with the spindle extending from the back.
Inside housing: This is the "interior" portion of your knob or lever. For privacy knobs and levers, you'll want to be sure the push-button lock is on the inside.
Latch: The spring operated bolt with a beveled face to permit a latching action when the door closes.
Round drive-in faceplate: This is an optional faceplate that may replace the rectangular faceplate already attached to the latch if your door calls for it.
Strike plate: The strike plate is the metal plate that will be affixed to the door frame.
Short screws: These will be used to secure the bolt and faceplate with the door.
Tapered long screws: These will be used to secure the inside housing to the outside housing.
Pin tool: This will only be used for curved levers that may need to change handing.
*If you need to replace the rectangular faceplate with the round drive-in faceplate, follow steps a-c below before going further. You'll also need to add a flat head screwdriver, hammer and block of wood to your tool set.
a. Remove faceplate with a flat head screwdriver
b. Twist and remove remaining support plate
c. Install round drive-in faceplate with just a snap
For the drive-in faceplate, slide into place with the bevel facing the doorjamb and gently tap in to place, flush with the door edge using a block of wood to protect the latch.
4Begin installing the lever or knob by placing the outside housing first. If you're installing a lever, you'll want to make sure the lever is pointing away from the door edge.