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How to Remove a Door Lock Set

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In this post, we’ll show you how to remove a door lock set quickly and easily. All you’ll need is a few tools and a little bit of patience.


Before attempting to remove a lock set, it is important to gather the necessary tools and supplies. This may include a flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, a hammer and a drill. In addition, you may want to keep a pair of pliers, a coat hanger, a door stop and a putty knife on hand in case something goes wrong. Once you have all of these materials ready, you are ready to begin the removal process.

Gather necessary tools

Before attempting to remove a door lock set, it is important to gather the necessary tools and materials. Depending on the type of door lock set, you will need either a standard or Phillips head screwdriver and possibly a flat head screwdriver or Allen wrench. Pliers may also prove useful if any of the screws are especially tight. Additionally, some models may require oil or lubricant to loosen rusted parts. Be sure to acquire all the necessary tools before beginning so that you are not left waiting once you begin the project. Make sure that any screws, bolts and other small pieces are kept in an easily accessible container in order for you not to misplace any pieces during removal.

Check the door’s hinges

Before starting the project, it’s important to make sure that your door is properly hinged. Start by examining the door for any visible defects and make sure the hinges are securely fastened. If you notice any misalignment of the door itself, it’s likely that either the head or jamb may need to be adjusted before you can successfully remove the lock set. Head adjustment requires a screw driver and possibly some shims or carpenter’s glue; if necessary, consult a professional to complete this step prior to attempting removal. You will also want to lay down construction paper or use a drop cloth in order to prevent any scratches or damage to your finished floors while working on the lock set removal project.

Identify the type of lock set

Identifying the type of door lock set you have is the first step in any repair or removal. Most residential interior door lock sets can be categorised as knob locks, lever locks, or best locks. Knob locks are round or oval door handles with a cylinder lock within; these are the most common and easily recognisable. Lever locks are slightly more decorative and have an elongated handle in place of knobs; they operate with a simple press down operation to unlock and hold when pushed back up no matter which direction they’re turned. Best locks are found on more traditional doors and usually feature intricate engravings along the entire length of the lock set body; they look like doorknobs but contain multiple locking mechanisms that require a key to achieve full security. Once you have identified the type of lock, you can begin to research necessary tools and procedures for performing your removal.

Removing the Lock Set

Removing a door lock set can be a very simple process once you know the basics. All you need is a few tools and a little bit of patience. First, you will need to locate the screws that mount the lock set to the door. Then, you will need to remove the screws , which will in turn remove the entire lock set from the door. It is important to note that there may be additional components such as a deadbolt or additional pieces in order to remove the lock set. So, be sure to follow the steps carefully.

Remove the screws from the door

In order to remove the lock set from the door, first you will need to remove the screws that secure the lock set in place. These screws can be found on each side of the door and may be either Phillips head or rounded head screws. If your particular lock has a trim plate covering the screws, this will need to be removed as well. Use a flathead screwdriver to remove any screws that are present, as well as any trim plate or decorative coverings. After all of these pieces have been successfully removed, carefully pull out the entire lock set from the door. With all of these components now detached, begin reassembling in reverse order with new hardware and your lock should now be ready for use.

Remove the latch and strike plate

Once you have located the screws to the doorknob, it’s time to remove the actual lock set. First, you will want to remove the latch and strike plate. Use a screwdriver to unscrew these components from the door jamb. Be sure to also remove any associated mounting brackets or screws from both sides of the door. Once these are removed, carefully take off any pins or springs as well as anything else that is connected inside of your lock set mechanism. Finally, you can then pull out your entire lock mechanism from your door and discard it.

Remove the lock cylinder

Removing the lock cylinder is the first step in taking out a door lock set. This can be done without the need for tools, but it is important to use a gentle approach as any force may damage the components inside. After removing any screws and washers that holding the exterior portion of the door handle, carefully pull out the handle.

Unlock the door by turning the key in whatever state it was in when you began. The lock cylinder should separate easily from its housing. If there is any resistance, pause and check for screws or retainers that are keeping it in place then remove them if necessary.

Now, turn your attention to the interior side of handle, use a screwdriver to loosen and remove any captive screws or retainers that will allow access to slide off any cover plates. Once you’ve exposed parts of both sides of where your old lock set was fastened, use a flathead screwdriver or wrench to unscrew and take off any fasteners holding of either portion (interior/exterior) together before pulling out both halves of your old lock set from their respective locations.

Replacing the Lock Set

Replacing a door lock set can be a simple job if you know what you are doing. It is important to take the right steps to ensure the lock is installed properly, as the security of your home depends on it. In this article, we’ll discuss what you need to do to remove and replace a door lock set safely and securely.

Install the new lock cylinder

Installing the new lock cylinder is the next step in replacing a door lock set. It is important to select the same type and size of lock as the old one so that any modifications of existing holes and trim will not be necessary.

To begin, insert one half of the mounting plate into tight fitting grooves in either side of the hole where the doorknob was located. Insert the cylinder into its opening at a slight angle; completely insert it then rotate slightly counter-clockwise so that the latch bolt engages properly with its opening on the other side of the door. Secure both halves of mounting plate with screws provided by manufacturer.

Reinsert both internal parts including spring inside its knob. Insert key from outside and turn to extended position while holding doorknob still in position, push gently against back of doorknob until fully seated against inner mechanism latch collar or countersunk surface, then twist key further clockwise until secure.

Locate short strike plate and vertically center it over prepared hole on jamb or door edge; if it is loose fit, secure it with screws provided; if snug, use plastic spacers provided to take up extra room around object before finishing installation with clamps or press fit anchors near each end. This completes installation process – your new lock set is ready now!

Replace the latch and strike plate

Once the old lock set has been removed, the next step is to replace the latch and strike plate. The strike plate is a metal plate that is installed into the doorframe. This plate keeps the latch from receding into the door when it is opened and provides additional security for your home.

The first step to replacing a strike plate is to inspect it to make sure all of its parts are in good condition. If any parts are worn out or missing, then they need to be replaced before you can proceed with installing a new latch and strike mechanism. Once you have inspected the existing parts, you can remove them from the doorframe with a Phillips head screwdriver or an Allen key wrench if necessary. After removing all of the existing pieces, you will need to install new ones in their place.

First, attach a new strike plate with screws into each side of your door frame’s jamb, flush against your wall studs or trim where they meet up with your framing so that it’s secure and has ample space for installation of your new hardware set. Then attach one of either an adjustable roller latch or fixed plunger latch onto your door using screws provided by your hardware manufacturer. Lastly, align and affixnew mounting screws into place for securely attaching your handleset/knob handle onto your prepared opening for access convenience and finishing touches after installation completion.

Re-attach the screws to the door

Once you’ve successfully removed the old lock set from the door, the next step is to attach and secure your new lock set. First, hold the lock escutcheon plate against the face of the door and align it in accordance with necessary holes. Then, using your screwdriver, re-attach the two screws that hold the plate in place. It is important to check for proper alignment and make sure there are no gaps between locking mechanism, plate and door jamb before tightening it all down. Once secured in place, move on to reattach plastic cover caps if applicable.

Finishing Up

Installing or replacing a door lock set is a fairly easy job that can be done with a few tools and without the need for a professional. Now that you have removed the old door lock and installed the new one, you will need to finish up the job. Here is a look at what you need to do in order to complete the job and make sure that your new door lock is working properly.

Test the new lock

After you’ve successfully installed the new lock, it’s important to test the lock to ensure it works properly. You should first lock and unlock the door a few times to make sure the mechanics of the new lock are working properly. You should then check the exterior side of your door; try jiggling or pushing on it to make sure that the deadbolt part of your new lock is secure. Additionally, if you have a window that opens up to your doorknob, test it and make sure it cannot be opened from the outside without using a key. Finally, if you have a knob that puts on pressure when turning, check to make sure it passes all tests with flying colors before finishing up.

Re-attach the handle

Once you have the new lock set installed, its time to re-attach the handle and secure any remaining screws. Open the door and make sure it operates smoothly while sitting in its frame.
First, place the handle flat against the faceplate on the inside of the door. Make sure all of the screwholes are aligned, since this will help ensure a snug fit when you attach them with screws from your new kit.
Secure each screw with a screwdriver by tightening lightly but firmly so that there are no gaps that could affect operation of your door handle.
Finally, check again to make sure that everything is secured properly and that none of your screws require further tightening or adjustment. You can now proudly enjoy your freshly installed security or privacy lock set!

Apply lubricant to the lock

After you have managed to take out the screws and remove the lock set’s trim plate, the next step is to apply lubricant to your lock. Using a small amount of graphite-based lubricant or WD-40 can help alleviate any sticking or binding components inside the locking mechanisms. Squirt just a bit of the lubricant into each cylinder through its keyhole and then turn it several times in each direction until it starts to feel smoother. This will also help reduce wear and tear on your door handle as well as preventing possible corrosion in the future.

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