Reverse a Door Knob and Fix Stripped Screws

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Hi, you're watching VisiHow. This is Henry. Today we are going to show you how to take the door handle and lock off of an interior door on your house and switch it around. The reason we are doing this is because sometimes you're in an apartment or house which is not your own. Even if you bought it, people do some strange things and in our house, someone has decided that the bedroom door should shut and lock from the outside. Which is a little strange unless maybe you have a wild rabid dog that you need to lock in because it knows how to unlock doors. I'm not sure, but the point is we are going to teach you how to take a door lock off and put it back. To do that we are going to use two tools. A flat head screwdriver in case we need to pry or twist anything. And a Phillips head screwdriver, this is also known as a cross, which is we are going to use to take the screws out and pull everything apart. This shouldn't take more than five minutes so bear with us, we will show you how to do it, teach you everything you need to know, explain it, and get your door fixed if you have the same problem. Stay tuned and we will get right to that.

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    So here's the door we are going to change.
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    I am going to open it so that you can see the backside.
    Here is the door latch and the lock. Here is the other side of the door, as you can see, the lock for the door is on the wrong side. We are going to take this piece and everything off, take these pieces out, and we are going to switch the whole thing around. Stay tuned and we will get right to that.
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    Okay, so here we are with our lovely door.
    As you can see there are four screws on the front, four on the back, and two screws on the side. Let's get started taking the screws out with the Phillips head screwdriver. This is a fairly easy process, and looking at this door it was not installed well. The screws kind of sit off a bit. You can't always expect everyone to do a fantastic job with everything. As a general rule of thumb, if you want it done right you have to do it yourself. That is what VisiHow is here for, to help show you how to do it yourself.
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    Here we go, we got these four screws out.
    We have them set on the floor and move them to the side.
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    Let's move the door and access the other side of it.
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    Let's remove these four screws as well.
    The screws are all identical from both sides of the door so you don't need to keep them separate. It is not like taking apart a car engine where you have to worry about different nuts, bolts, screws, gaskets, and other things. This is a very simple process. Door latches, especially interior door latches, are very easy to fix and replace. Exterior doors are sometimes more difficult. We will do a video, at some point, on how to fix and change an exterior door.
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    Now I can just pull this off.
    As you can see, lots of screw holes. This means that someone has done this before and probably didn't do a good job that time either.
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    I am just going to reach my hand around the back and pull off the other side.
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    Now, I'm going to take the screws out here.
    As you can see the screw is just spinning, that is indicative of a stripped screw. That is why we have the flat head screwdriver. I will be able to pry that out a little bit. I'm not going to apply too much pressure because it is already bent from someone doing this before.
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    The bottom screw, thankfully, is not stripped.
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    These screws are different, a little bit longer.
    So we are going to put them to the side. There is a visual difference there in which you should be able to see, but just in case.
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    Now we are just going to pull the door pin out.
    I've pulled one out that is the longer one which goes in the top, it is for the handle. We are going to set that to the side.
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    Pull the next one out it is smaller, that is for the lock pin that goes in the bottom.
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    I will show you these two side-by-side so you can see the size difference.
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    Now I should be able to pull this out but I can't, so let's try to pry this out a bit.
    I am applying very little pressure to this. If you were worried about damaging the door paint, you will want to take a towel or old sock and put it there. I am not that worried about it. I am going to go ahead and remove the screw so I do not drop it and lose it or worse step on it.
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    Now I'm just going to use my hand and pull this out.
    Now that I have got the entire assembly out. For what I am doing here, I didn't actually need to take this out, but I want to show you how to do it because sometimes you will have a door with a key and you will need to replace the actual cylinder of the lock because it is not working.
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    Let's go ahead and put this back in.
    As you can see we have a hole here now and we are just going to slide the assembly back into the slot. You may want to clean this out a little bit if you have a lot of dust and debris.
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    I am just using the force of my hands to push it back in.
    Here we are it is back in.
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    In order to fix the actual door, I am going to replace the door pins.
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    Now I'm going to take my two door pieces, here, you can see them both and I'm going to put the lock on the outside where belongs.
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    I'm going to make sure the bottom piece and the top piece sits into their slots and then I'm going to hold this and push both inward to make sure that they are well seated.
    I am going to bend down and pick up my four screws which thankfully I have not stepped on.
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    Oops we have a problem.
    The door handle is facing the wrong way. What do we do about that?
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    Well there is a pin in here and we are going to pop that pin off and we are going to switch the handles on the two sides of the doors.
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    To pop the pin out, I am going to take this screwdriver and twist that pin which will cause it to pop off.
    As you can see I have the screwdriver under there and I am going to put my hand over the top of it. Don't put your hand too close, because you can pinch yourself and it is painful. This is a metal spring clip and it will hurt you it could even cut the skin. When you are doing this I'm not applying too much pressure and you do not need to apply too much pressure either. If you apply too much pressure your hand can slip and you can cut yourself. So be careful.
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    The pin fell, let's pick that up, here is our pin slightly bent but it's no problem.
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    We have our door handle here, another piece comes out, and give me a moment to get the other piece out now.
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    I am just twisting and pulling this other piece up in order to pop that off as well.
    That one fell too.
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    There is a spring in here that controls the spring mechanism of the door handle, and the door handle comes off.
    I will separate those and them to one side. we are going to do the same thing with the other door handle.
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    Let's get that spring over to an area where I can actually access it.
    What I am doing is moving the small opening in the spring so that it is in the same area as that and that will allow me to use the edge of the screwdriver to get under and lift the pin a little bit.
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    Now I am just going to turn the screwdriver while lifting a little until it comes all the way out.
    You may want to wear goggles if you are worried about it popping in your eyes because it could. There we go I popped it off and set it down, same deal.
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    I'm going to engage the opening mechanism to get that to pop up, and pop these two pieces off.
    They are off.
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    Release the tension, can you see the spring?
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    The spring hooks in provides tension, release it spring comes off.
    Actually this time I don't even need to take the spring off, I am just going to take my handle set it down, and I'm going to switch it with the other handle. There is a little metal piece here so I'm going to make sure that the handle sits into that piece.
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    Now, just to be sure that I have this the way that I want, I'm going to test it on my door.
    Okay, there we are my spring is inserted. This isn't perfectly beautiful, but honestly it is a door and it is good enough.
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    Now I am going to take the other pieces and put them back, it is very easy to do.
    Hold the handle so that there is some tension on your spring.
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    We are going to first put the main piece back.
    The purpose of this main piece is to hold it against this so that our door handle isn't flipping around. This needs to be pushed down and seated properly you may have to apply a little pressure as I just did.
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    Now we are going to put on the washer.
    The washer is going to assist us in providing tension to keep the spring in place. The washer may be dipped on one side or the other and it's not a real big concern as you can put it back in on either side whichever one works best for you.
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    Now I'm going to put the spring back on.
    The way we do that is we start it on one side push it in and then we are going to take her screwdriver put in here holding it with a finger. Sorry, this is complicated to do while showing it on a video and not using a table. I'm going to use the screwdriver to just bend at this spring back down.
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    Now I'm going to attach the first side of the door, and test out.
    It is working so now we will attach the other side.
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    I need to take this one apart that I fixed improperly the first time.
    So we will pop these off. There is a tool that they have at your hardware store. However I do not have that tool. It is not a problem. We will improvise, adapt, and overcome. This does not mean however, that a door is a major challenge but you get the point.
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    So let's fix this, and position it as we want it to be.
    Put the first piece back and test it. Yes, that is how we wanted to be.
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    We are almost done.
    Let's get this seated properly, it may take a little bit more elbow grease.
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    Just a note, especially for guys like me who like to fix things yourselves, it is almost always easier just to buy another one rather than fix it yourself.
    If you look at it from an economic standpoint the time you spend fixing a door, depending on how much money you earn, you might be better off paying someone else to fix it or just buy a new piece and replace it instead of trying to fix it. However, you won't win many points with your wife for that. Unless, of course, you are using that money to buy flowers. Which is something I need to do. All right it is working good let's double check my fittings make sure I am happy with them. If you do not get these seated properly, when someone slams a door it will pop out then you will have to take the handle back off and fix it.
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    Let's get the screws back in.
    Pop this one topside and another one on the bottom. I've got a big hole there, it's okay though because you saw all the holes in the door. That is what happens when people who don't pay attention to their craftsmanship put things together and do what we call a less than spectacular job. VisiHow is all about, at least, doing a good job but wherever possible doing a spectacular job.
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    Okay, let's check this.
    I did something wrong, so now we are taking this back apart to figure out what I did wrong. Honestly, I have no idea what I did wrong, but we will see.
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    That side works.
    Oh I see. In this case, I would need to bend this handle down, and this metal piece here should be on the other side. I'm going to spare you the drama of watching me take this apart again, I am just going to cut to me when it is put back together.
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    Okay, it is switched to the other side and I'm going to test it before I put it back together.
    I probably should have done this the first time. But I am a man, and we normally do not do directions. There we go is working and we only had to stop at two gas stations.
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    We will get the other clips snapped in, and we are off.
    Now you are cooking with gas as my grandfather would say. I guess, I could have been cooking with gas the whole time if I were paying attention. Which my grandfather would probably also say. Let's get this snap down in here, excellent, if I were a smart the boy I would tell you how to say excellent in a couple of languages. But I am not going to embarrass myself or anyone who actually speaks those languages. So here, we go our door works.
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    We are going to put the screws back in.
    Let's hope that it stays working until after we finish at which point I will celebrate by making myself a nice cup of Turkish coffee. If you want to know how you could do that, we made a video on it you can follow the link here. Just pay attention that you do not boil it over, or you will be cleaning up coffee and that is not relaxing. While we are replacing the screws I will show you how to fix a stripped screw hole quickly and easily. This one at the bottom appears a little strip as well, so let me get some toothpicks, and I will show you how to fix this.
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    I have three toothpicks.
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    You are going to push a toothpick into the hole.
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    Put your thumb on the edge of the toothpick, and pull it back out.
    This tells us how much we need.
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    You can move your thumb up just a little bit, and break that piece off.
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    Reinsert it into the hole.
    If you need to, you can use the other side of the toothpick to push it further into the hole. Check to see if you have any extra space in the whole, if you do, you can put another toothpick into the hole. This is not the proper way to fix a stripped hole, but it is effective. If you don't have any other means of repairing it this is functional and works. The way it works is by applying pressure. When you insert the screws, it forces the toothpick to the walls of the old wood, which is usually going to be harder than the toothpick itself. This will create tension and allow it to hold the screw in place.
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    You will have to apply a little pressure as I am doing here.
    When you reach the stopping point do not over tighten, you want to stop, because you are not screwing it into fresh wood you are screwing into what you have created.
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    A word of advice make sure you close it from the other side when you do this, otherwise you may end up locking yourself in.
    This is Henry and you have been watching VisiHow. Thanks a lot for watching and for your patience while I sorted things out. Do leave us a comment in the section below if you like this, if it made you laugh, if it helped you, or if you need something else we are here for you. Thank you for choosing VisiHow and have a great day.
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