Can’t Remove Door Knob

Can’t Remove Door Knob: How To Remove A Stuck Door Knob?

If you have tried turning your doorknob to close or open the door and it seems stuck, this guide will give you a working solution to this problem.

Stuck door knob is one of the most commonly experienced problems with doorknobs. The problem usually comes from the knob mechanism, failing or tear and wear. Sometimes, changes in temperature and humidity could also cause the knob to get stuck

In the following article, we’ll get into more details about removing your doorknob to enable you to lock or open your door or to help you make a replacement knob on your own without involving a locksmith.

How to remove a locked door knob from the outside? 

Getting locked outside and dealing with a stuck door knob that won’t unlock your door is one of the common issues with knobs and levers.

To solve this problem, you need to remove the locked door knob. But remember you’re outside the house, so it might not be as easy as it seems.

Let’s discuss some potential solutions to this issue.

How to remove a locked door knob from the outside

First things first, you need to understand the type of door knob installed on your door. You’ll find that some models have slots while others have visible screws.

If yours has visible screws, then getting it out is as easy as unscrewing it with a screwdriver. For slotted models, you can remove it by inserting a slotted screwdriver in the slot while pulling the knob at the same time.

Does the knob have visible screws? If yes, this is how you get it out:

Step 1. In cases of knobs without visible screws, they usually feature a snap-in faceplate that’s hiding the screws. Pry out the cover to expose the screws.

Step 2. Use an ordinary screwdriver to drive out each of the screws to remove the knob

Does the knob have visible screws

Step 3. Repeat the same procedure to remove the screws on the interior door knob (if any).

What if your model has no visible screws or a slot? Well, this case might be a bit challenging, but not entirely impossible. We urge you to inspect it more carefully to see if indeed there are no holes.

Still no sign of holes? Try this method:

Step 1. Look for an angle at which you can insert a sharp object on the outside knob

Step 2. Insert the sharp object—this can be a flathead screwdriver, knife, etc.—on the faceplate to pry it out. You might need to apply some force to make the plate come out quickly. The faceplate should expose a lever.

Step 3. Now push the lever down so that it releases your entire knob down

Check the following video for a visual representation of the above process.

How to remove door knob with small hole? (interior doorknob)

If you’re dealing with a stuck interior knob, and there are no visible screws, you might think there’s no way you’re going to disassemble this lock.

How to remove door knob with small hole

But the truth is, you can easily remove it by taking advantage of the small hole located in the knob shaft for all sizes of door knobs. Find more details below on how you can go about it.

Step 1. Locate the small hole

Closely inspect the shank of your interior knob to see if you can find a tiny hole or slot. If the room is dark or you’re doing this at night, you might want to use some light to help you quickly locate the hole as it’s a bit hidden.

Step 2. Insert a flathead screwdriver in the hole.

Having found the hole, you might be curious as to what exactly to do with it. You simply need to insert the tip of your narrow-blade screwdriver into it. A nailset or anything else with a similar tip as the screwdriver can also work.

Step 3. Tug the knob

With the screwdriver in place, tug the knob. this action should make the knob slide off almost instantly!

Step 4. Remove the rest of the lock

With the interior knob out, you can now pry the rose cover sitting against the door. This will expose the screws holding your lockset onto the door. Use a screwdriver to rotate the screws counterclockwise to get out the rest of the lockset from your door.

How to remove door knob without screws or latch?

Trying to remove a knob that doesn’t have any visible screws or latch can seem like the hardest task for you because you have no clue where to start, no screws to unscrew, nothing!

How to remove door knob without screws or latch

However, you can easily remove this type of door knob by employing a little trick that we’ll share with you right below.

Follow these instructions:

Step 1. Locate a tiny hole on the side of your door knob

Inspect the side of your knob for a tiny hole got it? Great, this hole is the key to everything! It contains a little pin inside which relates to your knob and we’ll show you how to use it to get the knob off in the next step.

Step 2. Put a flat screw in the hole

Grab a small flathead screwdriver (or you can use anything small enough to easily enter the hole). Press it in and pull out the knob at the same time. The knob will easily come off your door!

Step 3.  Remover the knob rose cover

Now that the knob is out, proceed to get out the cover surrounding the shaft mechanism and sitting against the door.

To remove this cover easily, insert a small flat-head screwdriver underneath it, just where it meets the door. Pry it outwards gently and the cover should slide off the shaft.

Some of these covers come with a small opening to help in easy removal. If yours has this hole, simply insert a screwdriver to take it out.

Step 4. Take the rose off

Remove the round metal section you just exposed by removing the rose cover in the previous step. To do this, again insert the screwdriver into one of the two visible screws and turn it counterclockwise. Do the same for the other screw and your doorknob assembly should now pull out of the door easily.

Step 5. Take off the latch plate

Insert the screwdriver into one of the two screws holding it in place and turn it counterclockwise. Do the same for the remaining screw and pull the latch from the door. You might need to gently pry the plate with your flat-head screwdriver.

Step 6. Take off the strike plate

Finally, remove the latch plate plus the connected interior mechanism by simply pulling it off the door.

Take off the latch strike plate on the door jamb by turning the screws holding it in an anti-clockwise direction.

That’s it! You have successfully removed the old doorknob and your door is now ready for a replacement.

How to remove a door knob spindle?

The doorknob is a metal rod that connects the two knobs on either side of your door.

If you find out that the spindle is behind the stuck knob or is simply broken and wish to replace it, then you must first learn how to remove it properly.

How to remove a door knob spindle

Follow these steps to remove the spindle from your doorknob:

Step 1. Remove the knob

Locate the screws holding the knob in place and rotate them in a counterclockwise direction to release the knob.

If you’re dealing with a newer knob, check our previous guide on how to remove the doorknob. If you are getting a new one, see if you need to match the door knobs with hinges.

what if you’re dealing with a knob that doesn’t have visible screws? In this case, you might want to involve a little trick to get the knob out (we’ll show you this little trick later in this guide).

Once you have the doorknob from one side of the door out, the other knob should come out by a simple pull.

Step 2. Pull out the spindle

With the two knobs out of the way, removing the spindle will be as easy as pulling it out of the door knob. In some cases, however, you might need to unscrew the doorknob from the spindle to release it.

How to remove a door knob spindle

Step 3. Put in the new spindle

Now is time to put a new spindle. But be careful with the type of spindle you choose for a replacement. measure it to ensure you get a replacement with the same length for easy replacement.

You might also consider taking your old spindle to your local home store or locksmith and have it matched up with an exact new spindle for your needs.

Once you find the perfect spindle, thread or insert it into the knob. And remember to add a squirt of lubricating grease onto it (the new spindle) to minimize the chances of the doorknob getting stuck again.

Step 4. Put the spindle back

With the new spindle in place, the last step is to place your knob back on your door. Start by placing the doorknob holding the spindle and as you hold it in place, put the other doorknob on the other side of the door. Tighten all the available screws and you’re done!

Final Verdict

there you have it! our complete guide on how to fix a stuck door knob. Whether you’re locked outside or inside your house, this guide will show you how to remove the problematic knob. We have covered the process of removing various types of doorknobs, including those with visible screws, no screws, and equipped with holes/slots. We hope that you’re now fully equipped to fix that stuck doorknob on your door giving your headaches.

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