REMOVING YOUR OLD DOOR HANDLE
1: WEDGE YOUR DOOR OPEN
The first step to fitting your new door handles is to wedge your door open using a door wedge or a door stop. It would be best if you opened your door about halfway to access both sides of the door, as well as the door frame. Doing this prevents your door from moving or closing as you fit your new door furniture.
2: INSPECT YOUR OLD HANDLE
Next, check the design of your old door handle. If you cannot see any screws outside of the handle, they will most likely be covered by the cover plate. The cover plate is used to conceal the fixings of the door handle for a more attractive appearance. Using your flathead screwdriver, find the notch in the base or side of the handle and insert your screwdriver to remove the plate carefully. Some of the door handle covers can be simple unscrewed by turning.
3: REMOVING YOUR DOOR HANDLES
With the cover plate removed, remove the screws from the faceplate on each side of the door using a Philips screwdriver. Repeat on the other side of the door and slide the handles off. Remove the spindle bar from the latch mechanism fitting inside the door. At this stage you might want to decide if you want to change your latch mechanism. If yes, please follow Step 3 otherwise skip to Step 4.
4: REMOVE THE LATCH
Next, remove the screws holding the handle's inner plates in place and the latch plates set into the edge of the door with a Philips screwdriver. A door latch is a slanted metal piece that moves in and out of a small slot in the doors inside edge, often marked by using a strike plate, and is operated using the door handle's lever. It will move as you push the door handle to allow you to push open the door. When the door closes, the latch hooks into a matching indent in the door frame to keep it closed. The size of the latch needed varies on the size of your door handles. Therefore, you may find your replacement door handles require you to insert a new latching mechanism of a different size. Remove the door latch and its mechanism and put them to one side.
5: READY TO INSERT YOUR DOOR HANDLE
Set your old handle to one side. You should now have just several holes remaining in your door, ready for your replacement door handles. There is no need to get rid of your old screws; they may come in useful. You can keep the old screws in a container for another project!
INSTALLING YOUR DOOR HANDLES:
1: INSERT THE NEW LATCH INTO THE EDGE OF THE DOOR
Slide the latch mechanism into the door until the latch plate sits flush against the door. Screw the latch plate into the door using two screws, one at the top and one at the bottom. Ensure that the smooth, slanted side faces in the same direction as the door closes before you screw it into place. Some door latches will allow you to rotate this part, so it is worth checking if yours does too.
2: ALIGN THE DOOR HANDLE WITH THE SPINDLE
Align your new door handle correctly by sliding it onto the new spindle. Your new spindle will be inserted through the existing hole in the door. Ensure this lines up through the door latch mechanism to avoid a misalignment problem.
3: SLIDE THE SPINDLE INTO THE HOLE, THROUGH THE HOLE AND LATCH MECHANISM
Match up the new latch mechanism with the corresponding holes in the edge of the door. Then, place the spindle through the hole to show through the other side of the door.
4: SLIDE YOUR NEW HANDLE ONTO THE SPINDLE
Now you can attach the door handles by sliding them into place using the spindle before you screw them into position. Ensure you test the door by operating the door handle as usual: pull down gently on the lever. We recommend doing this to ensure everything is working correctly before installing the screws holding the handle to the door. Press or screw the cover plates into place; these will be the same on both sides of the door.
5: TEST YOUR NEW HANDLES!
Pull down on the handle to test it again. Ensure that your new interior door handle is working properly before you close the door! .