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Forum topic by Betsy posted 10-13-2009 02:07 AM 2578 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2009 02:07 AM

Having trouble with a pesky door knob. How do you take off an interior door knob? There is not a push button or other type of lock on the door. (It’s a bedroom door – but no lock.) I was able to pop off the decorative sleeve – but there appears to be a second plate under the sleeve. I thought I’d find a small slot to push in to pop off the knob – but no go.

I have never had a door knob I’ve not been able to pop off. I need to get this off so I can paint the door. (I know I can tape the knob and paint around it – but it never is as nice as doing the door in one nice sweep of the brush/roller.)

The people who owned the house before me was a lock smith – so I don’t know if he used something special or not. But I’m fixing to just rip off the knob and get a new one!

Any help/ideas would be appreciated.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


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#1 posted 10-13-2009 02:47 AM

Betsy,

Don’t mean to be a “smarty pants” but did you take the screws out on both sides of the door?

Also, the second plate you mentioned might unscrew. I’ve seen latches that require a “spanner” wrench to remove the hardware.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 02:47 AM

found my camera – here are two pictures

the first one shows the extra plate – this is the only place where there are screws.

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The name on the plate is “weslock.”

The decorative plate came off easy enough – and I’m sure if I could get to those screws on the security plate I’d be home free.

No set screws, etc.

Dave – nope not painted before.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 02:48 AM

no problem Lew. There are no screws on the outside of the door knobs—- just one the striker plate.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 02:54 AM

I’m getting closer – this is close – but my plate (under the decorative plate seems to be different.).
http://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Remove_and_Replace_a_Weslock_doorknob/

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 03:06 AM

OKKKKKKKK – figured it out. That second plate with the screws – those screws don’t come out. It’s like a T-slot – got to move the plate over with a screw driver to move the screw into the open slot – once that’s done – it’s comes right off.

Whew – was about to loose my temper!

Thanks for your help guys.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 10-13-2009 03:25 AM

thanks Skeezics – I got it – but it was close to the “break it off and start again!”

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 10-13-2009 04:12 AM

I recognize that one in your picture. Had them in a rental house. Drove me nuts too!! Youi’re not a lone Betsy.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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