How to Take Off a Door Knob

Learn how to take off a door knob in a few easy steps

Under 2 hours
How to take off a doorknob

If you need to replace a door knob, you must first disassemble and remove the existing one. This simple task can be done in less than an hour and only requires a few tools.
   

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What You Need

1
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.

2
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.

3
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.

4
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.