How to Fit a Door Handle or Doorknob

When it comes to fitting a brass door handle or door know, it’s important to plan correctly.

This is a meticulous task that has to be done with adequate preparation to avoid making unwanted mistakes. The goal is to assess where the handle or doorknob is going to go and then make sure the appropriate materials or tools are used.

This guide will take a look at what the process encompasses and how to make sure the right steps are taken.

1) Insert Spindle Through The Lock

You are going to start by taking the square spindle and inserting it into the lock. You are going to have to ensure the fit is perfect or the door handle isn’t going to function as it is supposed to. Along with making sure the square spindle slides into place, you will also want to account for whether or not it has a slotted design. If there is a slot then you are going to have to ensure it is facing downwards. This will allow the two components to fit properly.

2) Set up the Backplate

Now it is time to move onto the backplate, which is going to be a key component to the installation process. With the backplate, you are going to be aiming to slide it onto the spindle that was inserted beforehand. To make sure the backplate remains in place, you will have to take the accompanying screws and tighten the two pieces together. It’s important to take your time with this step, so the backplate doesn’t slide around when it is in action.

3) Slide Handle Into Place

After you have set up the backplate, it’s time to move onto the handle as that is going to be a major part of the installation. In this regard, you are going to be aiming to have the handle slide onto the spindle. Once you feel the handle is in the right spot, you are going to take a few screws and tighten the two components together. When done the right way, these two components are going to be seamlessly together and will look the part. This may take a bit of extra effort to get spot on.

4) Align the Backplate with the Slot

One of the issues people have during the installation process is making a mistake involving the backplate. This happens when a person doesn’t align the backplate with the slot. Remember, the door handle is only going to work when the slot is visible. Otherwise, you are not going to be able to use the lock and that negates the purpose of the door handle in the first place. Take the time to see how the backplate is set up and then align it with the slot. This may take a few tries but you will want to make sure it is perfect before moving onto the next step.

5) Screw on the Cover

At this point, you can start to play around with the cover that is going to go into place.

The cover is designed to help with the door handle and is going to have to slide into place. You may have to push at this part to make it stick but you will want to ensure it does fit before moving on. In some cases, the cover may have to be screwed on and that will depend on how it is designed.

Take the time to read through the directions and see how the cover has to be managed. If necessary, it’s always better to go with the screws to tighten everything.

6) Clean the Fitting

The door handle or doorknob should now be ready for action and consistent use. You will want to test the door handle to make sure it is working the way it is supposed to and is actually opening the door properly. If not, you may have to go back and further tighten the components until they are firmly in place.

After this step, all you are going to be expected to do is to wipe away the top surface of the door handle. The goal is to get rid of any leftover dust that is present. A soft cloth is more than enough for this step.

Final Thoughts

Implement the steps mentioned here and you are going to end up with a well-installed door handle or doorknob. It’s all about taking the time to analyse how the item is going to be installed and then implementing the tips that are mentioned in this guide. You are going to end up with something that is long-lasting, beautiful, and works as well as it is supposed to. This has to be at the top of your mind when it comes to finding a high-quality option that will continue to yield good results. Remember, it’s not just about installing a door handle but also making sure it’s going to last for a long time.

Ross Goodwin

Ross Goodwin is a Managing Director at Aluminium Warehouse, the first online supplier of metal products in the UK, founded in 2005. Before taking on the mantle of Managing Director in 2007, he looked after all financial aspects of the company in his role of Financial Director. Ross has extensive knowledge of the metal industry and over recent years has honed his expertise in online selling, growth strategies and overseeing all marketing activities. He attended Leeds University gaining a B.A. Hons degree in Business Administration & Economics. Besides being a self-confessed workaholic, he enjoys travelling, cycling and open water swimming and is soon to compete in his first triathlon.

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