Kwikset Adjustable Latch Instructions

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Things You'll Need

  • Allen wrench

  • Flat-head screwdriver

Adjusting the latch for a Kwikset latch is done by reversing the lever and cylinder for a reversible lever door handle kit. This type of door handle can have the levers installed right side up or upside down. If you have an adjustable latch you can easily reposition the lever and cylinder. It's a do-it-yourself job If you have basic home repair knowledge and some common tools you may already have in your tool box.


Step 1

Remove the screws that secure the door handles together using the Allen wrench.

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Step 2

Pull the door handles off of the cylinder shaft.

Step 3

Pry off the retaining clip at the end of the cylinder shaft with the flat-head screwdriver. Take off the clip and set it aside for use later.


Step 4

Pull the cylinder straight out of the locking mechanism.

Step 5

Turn the cylinder 180 degrees and reinsert it into the locking mechanism.

Step 6

Reattach the retaining clip onto the end of the cylinder shaft. Press on the clip to secure it in place.

Step 7

Place the door handles back on the cylinder shaft and tighten the screws with the Allen wrench.


You also can use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the retaining clip.


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