Fitting a new door handle

Job description:

A door handle is a decorative element in its own right. It is also the first contact we have when entering the room. Wood, metal, china ... Contemporary or classic, you can find anything at almost any price. As for the fitting, it is really simple.

Skill level: 1 – Beginner

Materials required:

  • Screwdriver
  • Drill

Step by step guide to fitting a new door handle:

1. Old doors are often equipped with mortice knob handles whereas more recent one are either lever on rose handles or lever on backplate handles. There are complete systems replacement on both sides or half sets to change depending on the style of the room. For a bedroom, bathroom or toilet, you can choose a model with a privacy lock. Besides the style, make sure you also choose a handle which is robust and will last a long time.

2. Older models are fitted into a metal rod (or square) with a pin on either side of the door to hold them. Using a flathead screwdriver, pry out the pin and lift. Remove all handles and unscrew the face plates clean.

3. The new handle must have a rod of the same section as the old one. Measure it, it should be either 6, 7 or 8 mm. The distance between the handle and the keyhole is always 70 mm.

4. If you want to install a door knob, raise the position of the axis to the edge of the door. Also make sure the button is the right size: if it's too big, it could be difficult to twist and may even jam.

5. If the existing screw holes do not match or may be, fill them and possibly touch up with paint.

6. Place the face plates on each side of the first door. In general, the screw holes do not match and you must drill new ones. Make sure it's as level as possible.

7. Once the face plate is fixed, insert the square in its housing and thread on the first handle. Newer models are often held instead of pins, with hexagonal screws which you can tighten with a spanner. Adjust the length of the square before tightening the screws.

If you are unsure about the job, you might want to contact a local handyman.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.