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How to Fit a Door Handle | How to Guides

How to Fit a Door Handle Fitting a door handle may seem like an unimportant job, but getting it right can make a huge difference. We heard of one person who inherited a beautiful oak door with an upside down handle – it didn’t work properly and eventually damaged the door. It isn’t a difficult job once you know how, simply follow our how to guide and fit your handles like a pro.

Choosing a Door Handle There are two main types to choose from: a door handle, sometime called a lever, or a door knob. Door Handles

Traditional Lever

Contemporary Lever

Door Knobs




Both lever handles and knobs can be fitted using the same technique. All you need to worry about is choosing a handle to match your design scheme.

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How to Fit a Door Handle | How to Guides

How to Fit your Handle What You Need to Fit a Door Handle

1 – Drill a hole in the narrow edge of the door – at the height you want the door knob to be placed. This hole will be for the latch that keeps the door closed. 2 – Position and hold the latch plate over the hole in the door. You should be able to see the hole through the latch plate when lined up. 3 – Draw around the shape of the plate using a pencil on to the door.

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Power drill Spade drill bit Hammer Hole saw – Drill bit Screwdriver 1 inch chisel Screws 2 x Door handles* Door locks Pencil Dust sheet

*Ensure that you also have all fittings including a latch. Some handles are sold with everything you need, but don’t assume yours will be.

4 – Once you have traced the shape remove the latch plate, then using a hammer and chisel remove the wood within the marked area – making sure it is as deep as the latch plate’s thickness. The Plate should fit flush with the edge of the door once complete. 5 – Use a hole saw drill bit to drill a hole through the door where the door knob will be placed. Drill all the way though to the other side of the door. 6 - Reposition the latch plate and mark the two screw holes with a pencil. Drill small holes and insert the latch and then screw in the latch plate. 7 – Door knobs come in two halves and are joined usually together by two long screws. Insert the door knobs into either side of the door making sure you line up the screw holes and the centre locking mechanism latch, which should fit into the door handle on the inside. 8 – Finally install the striker plate on the door frame. Line up the latch where the door will close and lock. Trace the striker plate using a pencil and chisel out the wood on the door frame. Use a drill to make a hole in the middle where the latch will go in to. Screw in the striker plate then open and close the door to see everything works as it should.

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How to Fit a Door Handle  

How to guide. Simple step by step instructions for fitting a door handle properly.