Project Guide

How to Take Off a Door Knob

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ASSESS YOUR DOOR KNOB
Assess Your Doorknob
  • The first step to removing your door knob is to identify where the screws are located.
  • Many knob mounts are designed to conceal the screws for a more streamlined look, so you may have to look closely. Inspect the top, base and along the sides for an opening. 
  • If you see a small pinhole or slot instead of conventional screw holes, this means your knob has a hidden lever which is also known as a detent.
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UNSCREW YOUR DOOR KNOB
Unscrew Your Doorknob
  • Begin by holding the door knob securely in place. 
  • Using a Philips-head screwdriver, turn counterclockwise to unscrew a knob with standard hex-head screws. 
  • If your knob has a pinhole or small slot opening, use a flathead screwdriver to push it inward. A paperclip or small pin can also be used if the screwdriver is too big.
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REMOVE YOUR DOOR KNOB
Remove Your Doorknob
  • After you’ve unscrewed or loosened the latch, tug on the door knob until it pops out of place or disengages from the base, also known as the rose. 
  • For knobs with pinhole openings, pull the knob while simultaneously pushing the flathead screwdriver or paperclip into the opening. It should slide off easily.
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REMOVE THE ROSE
Remove the Rose
  • If the rose doesn’t come off with the knob, you’ll need to remove it separately.
  • Wedge a pin or the tip of your flathead screwdriver under the small opening between the rose and the surface of the door. 
  • Gently pry it off or pull and twist it away from the door. If the rose doesn’t come off with the knob, you’ll need to remove it separately. 
  • Wedge a pin or the tip of your flathead screwdriver under the small opening between the rose and the surface of the door. 
  • Gently pry it off or pull and twist it away from the door.