How to Remove a Door Handle

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Removing a door handle is a fairly simple process that can be done in just a few minutes. A door handle is fastened to the door with just a few screws; once they are removed, the handle assembly freely slides out.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver Hammer
  • Locate the screws that are holding the door handle onto the door. They are normally found on the interior side of the door, on the plate behind the door handle.

  • Unfasten the screws on the plate with a screwdriver until they are dislodged from the other door handle. Slide the door handle with the screws away from the door.

  • Remove the door handle on the opposite side of the door. Pull it straight out from the door jamb latch that runs through the hole in the door.

  • Unfasten the door jamb latch from the side of the door. Use a screwdriver to undo the screws and pull the door jamb latch out of the socket.

  • Undo the strike plate on the door jamb by removing the screws with a screwdriver.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the door jamb latch sticks, or is difficult to remove, slide a screwdriver through the back of the latch inside the door handle keyhole and tap the screwdriver with a hammer to loosen the latch.

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