How to Install a Door Knob on New Doors

Front doors are the first thing guests see when they visit your home so it is nice to have a door that makes a strong first impression by reflecting your personality and taste. Furthermore, a new front door can make your home more energy efficient. Finally, if you are working toward improving the curb-appeal of your home, a new front door can make a striking difference in its overall appearance.

If you shop for a new front door at a home improvement store, you will find that while some come with pre-drilled holes, many do not. Also, you will need to select and purchase the appropriate hardware for the door. If you have never done this before, you may welcome some guidance. To this end, SFGate has published a useful article by Chris Baylor entitled How to Install Handles & Strikes on New Doors.

In this article, Baylor lists and explains the various steps for how to install a door knob and strike-plate installation. To install a door knob, for example, he recommends the following 7 steps:

  1. Using a tape measure, use a pencil to mark the desired location of the door knob, typically centered at 36 inches, though you have the opportunity here to adjust for a suitable height.
  2. Extend the mark horizontally across the edge of the door.
  3. Using the template that accompanied your door knob hardware, align the template with the marks on the door and pencil in where the holes will be drilled, as indicated by the template.
  4. Install a 2 1/8-inch hold saw into a power drill and drill holes for the face bore. Then replace the hole saw with a 7/8-inch spade bit to bore through the door until the bit punches through into the side of the larger face bore.
  5. Insert the latch assembly into the 7/8-inch hole on the edge of the door and mark the outer perimeter with a pencil. Remove the assembly and chisel out a slim outline.
  6. Reinsert the latch assembly and mark the location where the mounting screws are to be inserted. Remove the assembly once again and drill a 3/32-inch pilot hole through each mark.
  7. Attach and screw in the latch assembly and then insert the door knob halves using the two long screws supplied with the hardware.

For more details on how to install a door knob or to get instructions for the strike-plate assembly, be sure to check out the full article here.

Of course, there is no need to handle your new door installation on your own. Homeowners in the southwestern Chicago suburbs can call the experts at Baltic Home Improvements for help with this and other home improvement jobs such as roofing, siding and new window installation. We are proud to be an award-winning home improvement company with more than 10 years of proven experience. We look forward helping you with your new door installation job and to becoming your go-to contractor of choice. Contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your home improvement job.

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