It is a problem for them who live side of a high traffic road. High jerking and vibrations of cars are responsible for loosening the doorknobs and locks. Besides rust, using for a long time, anything can be the reason. Here in this article, we’ll figure out how you can fix this problem by using some easily available tools. Here is the step by step guide.
- Check the Door Knob
You can’t do anything if you are not sure about the knob structure. There are mainly 4 types of knobs. Exposed screw, spring-loaded with a hidden screw, Kwikset knobs, and knob with a set screw. These 4 are commonly used. The exposed screws can be visible from outside. Spring-loaded with a hidden screw is behind the faceplate of the door. These door locks are attached with a spring and a button. There is a hexagonal set screw, behind the faceplate for the knob with a set screw. The hexagonal set screw is needed to be removed. Kwikset knobs are rare. There will be a long spring, attached with a spindle. By twisting the neck of the knob, you can open it.
- Tight the Interior Screws
The first step is particularly done to tighten the interior screws in the door. Mainly 4 types of doorknobs are there. Your door must be among these 4. At once, you succeed in undoing the locks and faceplate, tight all the screws with the help of a screwdriver. Philips headed screwdrivers are generally suitable with it. Though the screwdriver must be according to the type of screw, used in the faceplate. Apply anticlockwise pressure on the screwdriver to tight the faceplate.
- Check The Lock Cylinder
The lock cylinder is the cylindrical part that goes into the lock hole. It is attached to the strike plate and latch plate. If any of these parts get loosened then it will cause a jam in the key passage. As a result, it will put pressure on the key while opening the lock. So, with the help of the screwdriver, rotate the screws clockwise and make the cylinder stable at a point. At that moment make sure the alignment of the cylinder is perfect. Then tighten the strike plate. Here, make sure the part of the paddle is aligned to the strike plate with an angle.
- Fix The Door Paddle and Check The Hinges
After finishing the tightening job from both outside and inside, put the paddle or knob into its right place. Check whether the parts especially the set screw and the strike plates are perfectly attached or not. Then one by one fix the latch plate and knob. While repairing the door locks, check the alignment of the door too. If there is any problem with the door alignment then it will cause problems. Tighten the door hinges properly.
Repairing doorknobs and the lock will be not easy if you don’t have the necessary instruments. It would be better if you buy a DIY toolkit.