Installing a Lever Door Handle Quickly and Easily

Wooden door with silver lever door handle
  • 1 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 60
What You'll Need
Blade screwdriver
Philips screwdriver
Drill
Utility knife
Wood chisel
Lever door handle hardware
One inch drill bit
What You'll Need
Blade screwdriver
Philips screwdriver
Drill
Utility knife
Wood chisel
Lever door handle hardware
One inch drill bit

It is easy to replace a doorknob with a lever door handle. The hardware is available at all home improvement centers and online.

Step 1 - Remove Old Door Handle Assembly

First, take out the old door handle assembly by unscrewing the two screws that secure the assembly's faceplate to the door. Turn each screw several times, alternating to stop one screw from binding by being removed further than the other one.

Step 2 - Remove the Latch Mechanism

white door with lever door handle

Take out the two screws set into the door edge and slide the latch mechanism out. If the latch mechanism is stuck, put a screwdriver into the latch hole. Place light pressure on the latch mechanism. The latch plate will unsettle. The rest of the latch unit will come out.

Step 3 - Install New Latch Mechanism

Put the new latch assembly in the old latch hole. The flat surface of the latch should be on the interior side of the door. If the new latch mechanism is longer than the old one, drill about 1/2 inch in. Normally, 1/2 inch is sufficient.

If the new latch plate is bigger than the old one, cut a mark around the edge of the plate’s edge using the utility knife. Then trim using a utility knife.

Step 4 - Install Lever Assembly

hand opening a door with a lever door handle

Put the new lever door handle assembly in place. Screw the screws into the holes. Gently close the door checking if the latch hits the strike plate in the same place. If not, take off the strike plate. Drill into the receiver hole. With a utility knife mark the new spot for the strike plate and trim. Drill new openings and install.