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How to Change A Doorknob

woman fixing a door lock with a screwdriver

How many people does it take to change a doorknob? Just you! Yes, you can do it and you’ll love the results. It’s a quick, affordable upgrade to unlock your front door’s potential.

But First This...

All you’ll need for this installation is a standard Phillips head screwdriver. You know, the one that’s always there until you need it. And now you can’t find it and it’s frustrating. Which is making you think maybe you should get a toolbox…

But we digress. Obviously you’ll have to remove the old doorknob and such. Just unscrew everything you see and pull it out. It’s that simple!

Oh, and one more thing. Keep that old door knob to take to the store. It’s easier if you find new hardware with the same dimensions.


Don’t let the name intimidate you. A dead bolt is nothing to fear. Just place it and screw it into the holes that are already there. Voila!

NOTE: Not all front doors have a deadbolt. You may get to skip this step if you’re just replacing a door knob!

If your new door knob assembly is not the same dimensions of your old one (because of course the one you loved had to be difficult), you will need to measure and drill new holes (more info here). But let’s assume you found the perfect match.

woman replacing door lock
woman replacing door lock
woman replacing door lock


The trickiest part? Remember to face the slanted (or beveled) edge of the latch to the outside so it locks into place when you close the door.

Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of Phillips head screws and your screw driver (have you found it yet?).


* See pictures below

woman fixing a door lock with a screwdriver
woman tightening new plate on door jam
woman tightening new door knob on door
woman installing new door handle on door


Finally, we’re replacing the door knob! This step is when it all comes together.

Insert the larger piece first, fitting it through the lock mechanism in the door. Fit the other piece into place. Be sure to line up the screw holes.

woman finished putting on new door handle and lock


That’s all there is to it.
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Read more about changing a door knob HERE!

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Robin grew up on a farm in the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin. After years living “in town,” she recently moved back to the country where she is renovating an old farmhouse. She’s an expert on window blinds and drape installations, color consultation and blind repair. Her flagship store, “House to Home Designs” is located on the historic Square, downtown Monroe, Wisconsin. Read More

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