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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 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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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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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 can I remove a lockset latch assembly that's stuck latched?

Remove the pins from the hinges. You should then be able to pivot the door out of the opening. Once the door is removed you can remove the screws that hold in the strike bolt.
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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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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 can I fix a door with a damaged knob hole?

I wouldn't. I'd spend 20 bucks at Restore, or free from used_your_city_name_here.com, craigslist, or whatever your local buy-sell-trade site is. This is repairable, but all repairs are a trade off of ...
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At what height should a door knob be?

According to the International Building Code, door knobs should be between 34" - 48" above the finished floor. International Building Code 2012 Chapter 10 Means of Egress Section 1008 Doors,...
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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?

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?

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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Why can I no longer turn the knob of my self-locking door from the inside?

There's a pivot joint in the middle of the knob shaft which lets the two ends rotate relative to each other. You need to get things lined up so each end of the shaft engages just its side of the ...
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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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What is this worn part on this door handle assembly?

Every manufacturer will have slightly different names for it - thumbpiece, rod, turn rod, whatever. It doesn't matter. This piece has to be affixed into the handle assembly meaning you would have to ...
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Quiet door latch

If you just want the bathroom door held closed, remove the latch mechanism totally, install a dummy knob and use a magnetic closure to hold the door in place. You do not even need the magnet to touch ...
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What direction should lever-style door handles be oriented?

Use your ADA manual fella's. The upward curve on the handle end could get hung up on a disabled person's cuff, clothing, wrist watch, hand bag, etc. Usually not much of a big deal, right? Unill the ...
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Any hidden disadvantage to lever-type door latches?

One disadvantage of using levers is mentioned in this article in The Economist - they may be more easily opened by bears (and velociraptors). True, elderly and disabled people find it easier to ...
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Any hidden disadvantage to lever-type door latches?

Lever doorknobs are now mandated by the ADA (Velociraptors with Disabilities Act) because they are much easier to operate for people with poor motor skills (or very short arms). That's why they are ...
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Cannot remove door knob -- totally inaccessible!

I see bits in there that you should be able to catch with a screwdriver and slide to the right. Next time, use a passage lockset intended for closets (which has no locking feature at all) or a ...
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Door bore hole too large for new door knob kits

I had a similar problem. I needed to go from a 2" hole to a 1" hole. I got a 2 1/4" hole saw and cut a hole through a piece of wood the same thickness as the door. I took the plug from the hole saw ...
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Door bore hole too large for new door knob kits

They are standardized! Your door is the standard! The doorknob is wrong. The people selling it to you should have had this conversation with you, and warned you that it probably won't fit your door. ...
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How can I repair a large hole in an interior door?

To be honest, I would seriously consider replacing the door. Sometimes the "big" fix turns out to be the cheapest & easiest, particularly if the door is a typical indoor door and a ...
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Cabinet Latch like a Door Knob

Why not use a surface-mounted cabinet twist latch: image courtesy of houseofantiquehardware.com Or, if your pup likes to open latches by biting, use a recessed slam latch: image courtesy of ...
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How can I enlarge a doorknob bore with common tools?

With the paddle bits or the hole saw bits that you have drill a hole in a scrap piece of wood that is the correct size for the knob you are trying to install. It would be good if this scrap was at ...
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Can't remove Schlage knob

Turn the knob all the way and hold it there, insert a small stiff object into the collar hole to depress the knob retention tab while pulling outward on the knob. It will slide off into your hand.
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