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How-To: Replace a Doorknob


A broken doorknob may be the culprit in many a poorly written sitcom scene, but it is actually a reality that many of us are likely to face at some point in time. Luckily, it's not the most difficult DIY, and you yourself can rise to the challenge. Since it is Home Schooling month, I figured that now is the time to show you how. All you'll need is a screwdriver, a hex key set, a new doorknob, and the appropriate hardware to go with it. To learn the steps, read more.

Here's how, from Barbara K!:

  1. First things first. You'll need to remove the old doorknob before you can replace it! Start by removing the trim surrounding the doorknob by unscrewing it or gently prying off the plate.
  2. Then, take off the two long screws underneath the trim that hold the two sides of the knob together.
  3. Detach the two doorknobs from each other, and remove them.
  4. Then, unscrew the screws holding the strike bolt, and take out the strike bolt, leaving an empty hole in the door.
  5. Screw your new strike bolt into place, so that the slanted side faces the direction the door opens.
  6. Put the trim piece between the door and new knob, and then the doorknob through the hole.
  7. Ensure that the doorknob fits the strike bolt's locking mechanism.
  8. Put the other piece of trim and other doorknob on the opposite side of the door.
  9. Align the two knobs and tighten the screws. Fini!

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