How to Take Off a Doorknob

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There are a number of reasons you may want to take off a doorknob. Occasionally a lock gets stuck and the knob won't turn. That dictates immediate replacement. The locks on interior doorknobs can also wear out and then they fail to offer privacy. At times even functional door hardware gets replaced for the sake of a new decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Offset screwdriver: Phillips head or slotted
  • Open the door. This provides access to both sides of the doorknob.

  • Locate the screws in the plate on one side. Brace the door on the opposite side with your foot.

  • Remove the screws using counter clockwise turns with an offset screwdriver. Most doorknobs use Phillips head screws, but some older doorknobs have slotted screws.

  • Brace the door on both sides. Pull the doorknobs from both sides away from the door. You should have one knob in each hand and nothing left in the door but a circular hole.

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