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How to open a door that has the insides of a door handle inside without a door knob

See the lock insides? That's a metal sleeve, with an inside sliding piece. That inside sliding piece is connected to the latch bolt. Push it to the left, and voila! Some additional details. This is ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Put something in the square hole that catches (need not be a perfectly fitting square, but round won't work) and turn the latch mechanism.
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How can I fix a door with a damaged knob hole?

I'd glue and clamp the wood to put it back together, then install a door reinforcement plate. Interior doors are usually 1-3/8" thick. Exterior are 1-3/4" thick.
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Any hidden disadvantage to lever-type door latches?

It‘s interesting how these things differ among cultures! In Europe (Germany for sure, but I never observed a difference in other European countries) basically all doors have levers. Here you install ...
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Door handle fell off — and we can’t find a replacement screw

The screw is still there: Your original pic: Enhanced for clarity: You need to find a small Allen Wrench which fits the socket in the end of this grub screw. Slide the door handle back on, then use ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Put a slotted screwdriver into the square hole snugly, corner to corner, and turn either clockwise or counter clockwise.
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Where to locate knobs on bifold doors that must be opened and closed from both sides?

Welcome to the world of flush mount, flush ring mount. Nothing is sticking out and in your way. There are many options in finish, sizes and you can mount them on both sides. Source: Amazon
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Any hidden disadvantage to lever-type door latches?

In my experience, and in general terms... Knobs are: Familiar (in the U.S) Low-profile (more compact horizontally) Funcional with ambidexterity/symmetry/bidirectionality (operate the same from any ...
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Where to locate knobs on bifold doors that must be opened and closed from both sides?

For this purpose they invented the handle hinge. One of these at door-handle height and matching plain hinges in above and below, and you get a handle that dissapears into the fold when the door is ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Note the OP didn't say the handle is missing, merely detached. You can open the door with the handle, even without re-attaching it, simply by putting the central spindle back in the square hole. It ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Insert closed scissors, diagonally, inside the hole. Open the scissors as much as possible, to get a perfect fit. Turn.
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What do you call this old-time style of door knob/lock? How can I replace it?

It's a Mortise Lock. So named because of the rectangular mortise in the edge of the door the mechanism fits in, as contrasted with "modern locks" that mostly use intersecting round holes. ...
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How can I open this door latch with the knobs removed?

There's a C-shaped piece in the hole through the bolt near the right (inner) end. Press one leg of that toward the edge of the door (the latch). Normally there's a formed sheet metal shaft with an ...
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Any hidden disadvantage to lever-type door latches?

My wife and I moved into a home with lever door handles. One big downside was our young children, who instantly knew how to open them and escape. You can't childproof these easily either (they have ...
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How to remove built-in screws from door handle knobs

Do not remove these, they are glued in. Removing them without breaking the knobs will be difficult, and then you'll have nothing to screw back into. You can't screw into the ceramic knob. You'll ...
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Cannot remove door knob -- totally inaccessible!

You should be able to trip the latch, if you can see what you say you see - there should be something coming from the latch side which can be pulled or manipulated (often rotated, as that's what the ...
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Where to locate knobs on bifold doors that must be opened and closed from both sides?

There's a reason that this type of door is normally only used on closets. You've discovered it. Best bet - choose a door type more suited to dual-sided opening, rather than committing to a door that ...
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Installing a lock for bedroom door

Interior and exterior latch sets are more or less interchangeable. You remove the current one with the two screws you see here. In some cases the knob can be removed for clearance using a release tab.
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How to open a door that has the insides of a door handle inside without a door knob

Lacking any regular tools, a pair of scissors works great. Open up the scissors to a cross, and push one blade all the way into the hole in the metal part then turn. You can use the other handle as a ...
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How to remove built-in screws from door handle knobs

If the screw will not unscrew, then the screw may not be threaded in the handle. Some handles are cast around the shank - which is often flattened and serrated to fix into the handle with little ...
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What do you call this old-time style of door knob/lock? How can I replace it?

There are many options for repair or replacement of mortise locks. Parts like knobs in all kinds of materials are available from antique dealers or new. Internal parts like springs are available ...
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How do I remove my exterior door handle?

A little internet research revealed that 3/32” is a common size hex for Kwikset door handles. In fact, a search for “Kwikset 3/32 Allen” will reveal hits for this Allen (hex) wrench. The Kwikset Allen ...
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Any hidden disadvantage to lever-type door latches?

To add another bullet point to supplement the other good answers: While most exterior doors are pretty close to air tight and security is generally not a concern for interior doors, locks on lever-...
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Any hidden disadvantage to lever-type door latches?

The one mayor hidden disadvantage is that they need a spring to keep the lever/handle in horizontal position. I found after moving to a 20 years old house that some of them were not horizontal, but ...
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Any hidden disadvantage to lever-type door latches?

I've gotten my pocket/belt loops caught in the handle when maneuvering around doors. Have tripped myself/destroyed belt loops this way. EXAMPLE!
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Will a locksmith prefer to install a handle on a door that is hung or laying flat on horses?

I would vastly prefer to do them hung. As far as just attaching the hardware, that job is a cakewalk when the door is hung. Doing it while the door is on sawhorses only creates a handling problem; ...
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How do I remove the rest of this lever-style door handle?

It looks like there is a threaded collar screwing through from one side to the other. I think if you use a small screwdriver / punch to undo it (as arrowed), this will release the two halves:
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How to open a door with no handle

I would be using a flat-blade screwdriver across the diagonal. Done that often and even with "stiff" locks it works.
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How can I fix a door with a damaged knob hole?

I've been going through a similar process for a door I'm turning round. After removing everything that I'm moving, my process has been: Give the full door a good sanding Glue and clamp all cracked/...
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