How to Replace an Interior Screwless Doorknob

Written by mercedes martinez
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Modern doorknobs tend to lean towards a simple aesthetic. This means clean lines and sometimes no visible screws. Do not get frustrated when trying to replace this "screwless" knob, because the manufacturer made them easier to remove than they look. You will find that they really attach to the door using screws. The screws are hidden by the cover plate. This article will help you learn the easiest way to access the screws making the rest of the replacement process far simpler.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Doorknob kit
  • Phillips or flathead screwdriver
  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Locate the retainer. On the door side of the knob, you will see either a small hole or a flat retainer, which looks similar to a small, flat vertical piece of rectangular metal. If the retainer is not located on the right side, check the left side of the knob. Depress the retainer.

  2. 2

    Slide off the cover plate and unscrew the screws.

  3. 3

    Pull out both sides of the knob.

  4. 4

    Unscrew and remove the latch that lies inside the door and the strike plate on the jamb.

  5. 5

    Insert the new latch inside the door. To ensure that the door closes properly, confirm that the curved side of the latch bolt faces the direction that the door closes. You might need to change the width of the latch so that the bolt protrudes outside of the door.

  6. 6

    Depress the bolt and simultaneously slide the stemmed knob through the hole in the centre of the latch. Line the non-stemmed knob with the stem and screws. Rotate this knob base until flush with the door. Rotate the base clockwise until aligned with the screws. Screw in with the screwdriver.

  7. 7

    Use the screws to install the new strike plate on the jamb. Make sure to tighten the screws until the screw heads are flush with the strike plate.

Tips and warnings

  • After installation, test the knob lock to see that it's working properly.

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