How to remove a privacy door knob

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How to remove a privacy door knob
You can remove a privacy doorknob for repair. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Privacy door knobs are used mainly in locations such as bedrooms and bathrooms. These door knobs feature a locking mechanism on the inside part of the knob so that you can lock the door from inside the room. The front side of the door knob often features a release mechanism with a special key that allows someone on the outside to open the door if needed. You can remove a privacy door knob if you want to upgrade or replace it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Masking tape
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat-bladed screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Place a piece of masking tape across the side of the privacy door knob without the lock. Secure the door knob to the door with the tape.

  2. 2

    Open the door. Stand on the side of the door that has the locking mechanism.

  3. 3

    Look for a small screw on the side of the door knob handle. If the screw is present, loosen it with a screwdriver. You might need to use a smaller screwdriver in order to access the screw. Pull the door knob handle off the door. Insert the edge of a flat-bladed screwdriver underneath the circular rose that covers up the lock hardware in the door, and pry this off. This step may not be necessary on all privacy door knobs.

  4. 4

    Locate the two screws positioned horizontally next to the door knob latch. Use a screwdriver to loosen these and remove them from the lock.

  5. 5

    Pull the rear portion of the privacy door knob off the back of the door.

  6. 6

    Remove the tape from the front part of the door knob. Pull the door knob out of the door.

Tips and warnings

  • There are a number of different privacy door knobs on the market, and some might have other steps for removal. Follow your manufacturer's instructions for removing a privacy door knob.

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