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Doorknobs - New Ones Help Home Sales

Dec 10, 2007
You home may be your castle, but even the lords and ladies had to eventually hang a "For Sale" sign out on their sprawling estates.

Of course, kings and queens didn't have to worry about such paltry details as doorknobs. They hadn't become popular yet. Most of the doorways in castles were covered with portieres, fancy tapestries of silk that were embroidered. These kept the drafts out of the various rooms without having to constantly push open a heavy oak door. These were left to the exterior entrances where stout hearted men could move them with ease.

If you're contemplating selling your own estate, you probably can't get away with installing portieres. No matter how grand they may look to you, the buyer may not be so impressed.

But there's an easier way to give your doors a brand new look without replacing them entirely.

The secret is doorknobs. Doorknobs, which are also call locksets, allow you to put a new face on your door without facing the prospect of having to replace it entirely. In fact, with the right doorknobs a buyer may not even notice the door itself, taken instead with your fantastic selection of wood, stone, glass or metal knobs in an endless array of styles and shapes.

Replacing doorknobs is easy too. It's one of the easiest things you can do in the way of home improvements actually. Just by removing two screws, your doorknobs will pop out of the door easily, allowing you to add a new one in minutes.

Here are the basics:

1. Remove the old doorknobs. Find the side with the screws and loosen them until you can pull the bolts out.

2. Insert the new lock with the screw holes on the same side as the one you just removed. Line the two sides up so the shaft slides into the other side of the lock. Make sure they are both aligned.

If you're replacing the latch as well, remove the faceplate and pull the old latch out first. Then insert the new one before doing step 2.

3. Once the shaft is inserted, tighten the bolts until they are snug but not fully tightened. Test your doorknobs. If they stick, it's an alignment issue. If the latch doesn't retract when you twist the knob, you didn't catch the latch when you inserted the shaft. Loosen the bolts and recapture the latch.

4. Test again. If everything works correctly, tighten the bolts snugly so they hold the doorknobs in place. Don't over tighten or the knobs can damage the door or ruin the alignment.

That's all there is to it really. Doorknobs are very easy to replace and will give your doors an entirely new look.

If you plan to keep your existing doorknobs but they stick, try a lubricant on them. WD-40 works well. Sewing machine oil is another good choice. You'll have to remove the lock to get to the inner workings, but it is usually a very easy and a quick fix and will have your doorknobs working like new.
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