I Can't Get the Kwikset Doorknob Off My Door

Written by nathan mcginty
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An older doorknob that's been painted over several times can be a pain to remove. The major issue with most of these locks is that the paint causes the rosette, or collar, of the doorknob to stick to the door, making removal difficult. Kwikset manufactures a number of different locks for both home and commercial use. You can get a stuck Kwikset doorknob off your door without too much difficulty and without having to result to any specialised tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife

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  1. 1

    Open the door that contains the Kwikset doorknob you wish to remove. Place a doorstop or block of wood in front of the door so it doesn't close accidentally.

  2. 2

    Take a sharp utility knife and trace around the edge of the collar --- called the rosette --- connected to the door. Layers of paint and/or caulk can cause these parts to stick to the door, rendering them hard to remove.

  3. 3

    Position yourself so you are facing the doorknob that contains the locking device for the door.

  4. 4

    Look on the handle shaft for a screw holding the doorknob in place. Loosen this with a screwdriver, if present, and pull the handle off the door. Once the knob has been removed, pull off the collar around the door to expose the cylinder. Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws inside the cylinder.

  5. 5

    Use a screwdriver to remove the screws on the inside part of the doorknob, if this doorknob does not contain a handle screw. Pull the handle and knob off the inside portion of the door.

  6. 6

    Pull the outside portion of the Kwikset lock off the front of the door. It may help to push the lock out from the cylinder side. If necessary, slip a putty knife in between the collar and the door surface to pry the Kwikset doorknob off your door.

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