How to Install a Door Knob

In this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to install a new door knob. Door knobs or door handles are an often overlooked design element of a home, but they can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel.

If you’re wanting to take steps toward updating your home and your door knobs are very dated, you may want to consider installing new ones. It’s an easy DIY project that anyone can do. Here’s how to do it!

Step 1: Remove Existing Door Knob

The first step is to remove the existing door knob if there is one. If there isn’t, you can skip to step 2.

Start by removing the strike plate from the door frame. You’ll find that almost all doorknob hardware comes with Phillips head screws, so you’ll need a Phillips screwdriver or Phillips bit for your drill/driver.

Then remove the screws from the door handle, and remove the handle from the door. After that, remove the screws from the latch plate and slide out the latch.

Step 2: Install New Latch

Most door handles will come with two latch plates, one with square corners and one with rounded corners. Choose the one that fits your door.

Insert the new latch into the hole on the side of the door. Make sure the angled side is facing where the strike plate will go on the door frame. Use the supplied screws to fasten the latch plate in place.

Step 3: Install New Knobs

Slide the spindle of the outside knob through the latch. It will only fit one way.

Slide the inside knob onto the end of the spindle on the other side.

Once both knobs are in place, you will find that there are two holes on the plate of the inside knob.

Insert the supplied screws into these holes, and tighten them. Sometimes it can be a little tricky to get the screws started. You can use a drill/driver to drive the screw 90% in. Then hand tighten it with a screwdriver to ensure that you do not overtighten.

If your door knob set has a removable handle, you will need to slide it on and use the supplied Allen key to tighten the set screw.

Step 4: Install Strike Plate

After you’ve finished installing the door knob, it’s time for the final step. Using the supplied screws, secure the strike plate into the notch on the door frame using a drill/driver.

Then test your new door knob by shutting the door. If it does not latch securely, you may need to adjust the strike plate.

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