Reverse a Door Knob and Fix Stripped Screws
Edited by MsBarbs, Eng, Inukshuk
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.
- 2Here 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.I am going to open it so that you can see the backside.
- 3As 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.Okay, so here we are with our lovely door.
- 6The 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.Let's remove these four screws as well.
- 9As 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.Now, I'm going to take the screws out here.
- 15I 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.Now I should be able to pull this out but I can't, so let's try to pry this out a bit.
- 16Now 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.Now I'm just going to use my hand and pull this out.
- 24As 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.To pop the pin out, I am going to take this screwdriver and twist that pin which will cause it to pop off.
- 33Actually 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.The spring hooks in provides tension, release it spring comes off.
- 38The 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.Now I'm going to put the spring back on.
- 40So 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.I need to take this one apart that I fixed improperly the first time.
- 43If 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.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.
- 44Pop 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.Let's get the screws back in.
- 48Now 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.We will get the other clips snapped in, and we are off.
- 49Let'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.We are going to put the screws back in.
- 54If 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.Reinsert it into the hole.
- 56This 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.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.
Video: Reverse a Door Knob and Fix Stripped Screws
Categories : Home Repair
Recent edits by: Eng, MsBarbs