EZ Set Door Latch: How to Take It Apart?

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A decorative flange conceals the inner workings of the latch mechanism.
A decorative flange conceals the inner workings of the latch mechanism. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

As the name implies, an EZ-Set door latch is easy to assemble, disassemble, install or remove. You take apart the EZ-Set door latch by reversing the order of the steps used to assemble and install it. EZ-Set latches come in a variety of styles. Some include doorknobs and others are deadbolt-type latches. Only three major parts and four screws make disassembly simple and similar for most models. No special tools or advanced carpentry skills are required for this job.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Butter knife

Locate the screws on the flange on the inside of the door. Remove the long screws that hold the latch together with a Phillips screwdriver.

Pull the latch pieces on the inner and outer sides of the door to remove them. You may need to slide the blade of a butter knife between the flanges and door panels to loosen them. Because the latch components fit snugly together, you may have to jiggle them to separate them.

Unscrew the plate on the edge of the door with a flathead screwdriver. Remove the plate. Pull the bolt portion of the latch through the hole in the edge of the door.

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