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Broken door knob, cannot enter room

The door knob rotates but the latch does not retract; door knob screws are on the other side of the door and not accessible; I removed the hinge pins, but the door won't come out. I cannot slide the latch back with a thin knife or credit card.

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  • marysboys Dec 02, 2008

    Exactly as above.  Screws are on the other side, door wont open when turned.  Have taken out pins and cannot get door off.  How to fix?

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2008

    i have the same problem

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    same problem, took the knob off, mechanism fell out, still won't open

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    A have a door knob that when turned, it will turn the latch a little but not all the way. Sometimes the door will open and sometimes not.


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I know I don't need to mention that knobs with an emergency release inside the house are wonderful things. Many function by sliding a nail into a hole in the middle of the door knob, others use the push/turn technique.

First thing to try is pushing the door knob in and then pulling it out while turning it as far as you can in both directions. If a part is worn out or misaligned, sometimes this is just enough to do the trick. If that doesn't work:

Now that the pins are out of the hinges, try working with another person if you can. Don't concentrate all of your efforts on the latch if you haven't been able to access it because of the moldings. Hinges get sticky and may need a good nudge.

Have one person push the door up from the bottom or top with a small pry bar or large screw driver. While this is happening, watch the hinges. They fit together like a jig saw puzzle, there should be play and they will loosen up a bit now. Now you will have an idea of the best way to try this.

Remember, the hinge side is no longer attached, so caution is in order. If you are working from a side without molding, pull out from the bottom and/or top while lifting gently with the pry bar. You can sometimes use a fulcrum and step on the pry bar if you are alone.

If molding is blocking your side, try pushing the hinge side inward. If that doesn't work, Using the pry bar, go to the bottom corner on the door knob side and tilt the door toward the opposite corner as much as possible.

If you can, jam something as sturdy as possible (screwdrivers)above and below where the latch is. With another screwdriver of tool, push directly into the latch and push the handle of what you are using in the direction opposite the door. Give it a good yank.

Try to be observant and creative while doing this. You are looking to try and squeeze out just a little more space. Use any area where you see play. Underneath, along side, up top, where ever.

There will undoubted be some damage to the wood or paint, remove the molding piece alongside the latch. It will be affordable to replace if you are a diy person.

For the others that commented, parts inside get worn and as mentioned above, the shaft has to be aligned correctly. If not, you run into problems like the latch not fully engaging.

Cutting the knob off will be a bit difficult. Even when that is done, it may be difficult to remove the latch and metal burrs are razor sharp. I think I would call a handyman before attempting that. Good luck all.

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As a last resort, you can use a hacksaw to cut the knob were it meets the base this will give you access to the bolt which you will be able to retract with a screwdriver. you also could use a drill to drill out the screws but that's a little tricky because you have to guess there location and blindly drill them. either method will get you in but take care not to damage any finished surfaces.

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I suggest you to go to buy what you need.Last time I bought a toyota door handle.It's very good and they help me a lot.I hope you that can help you.

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How do I remove the doorknob to possibly oil it?

it would depend on the door knob construction and what was stiff inside it.
The problem could be part of the handle or part of the lock mechanism.
For a typical indoor door lever handle, undo the screws on the face plate and take the handle off and oil as appropriate. You may have oil handles on both sides of the door.
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For a lock mechanism, you could just spray oil inside the mortise moving part (you wouldn't have to dismantle anything to do this!).
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How to fix an interior door that won't latch

Do you have a door that you have to lift up or push down or close very hard before it will latch? I have dealt with this problem many times.

Houses often settle over time. This can shift walls and door jambs, causing misalignment. Or the hinges wear down a bit causing some sag. Or sometimes the problem is just that the door or the door jamb has warped a bit. I'll cover the fixes in order from simplest to more complex.
Before doing any surgery, start with the obvious. Are the screws in the hinges tight? If the top ones are loose, then the door will sag. Usually you can just tighten them up. But sometimes the screw holes are stripped. (One side of the hinge is screwed to the door, the other side is screwed to the “door jamb”). If the screw holes in the door or the door jamb are stripped, you can try stuffing a couple of tooth picks or little metal strips in the hole. If that doesn’t work on the door jamb side get some 3 inch screws (of about the same diameter as the originals). The long screws will go through the jamb and into the 2x4 in the wall just beyond the door jamb. Be careful you don't over-tighten the long screws so much that you distort the door jamb.

OK, now the hinges are OK, but suppose the door still doesn't latch right. On the opposite side of the door frame (where the hinges are not), there is a little metal plate called a strike-plate. It has a hole in it that the plunger from the door is supposed to fit into. (The plunger is the thumb-sized spring-loaded tab that sticks out from the edge of the the door and retracts when you turn the door-knob.) The plunger is not aligned correctly with the hole in the strike plate. It is usually the case that the hole in the strike plate is too high or too low. Or it can be the case that the door doesn't quite close far enough for the plunger to reach the hole. Get down on your knees and look closely at the position of the plunger relative to the hole in the strike plate as you slowly open and close the door. (Don't get a black-eye when another member of your household tries to enter the room!)

If the misalignment is not very great, mark the strike plate with a sharpie to indicate where the hole needs to be enlarged. Remove the two screws holding the strike plate, and remove the strike plate. Use some tape on the door to hold the plunger in temporarily - this will prevent damage to your door jamb while the strike plate is removed. Hold the strike plate in a vise and enlarge the hole with a file. If you don't have a vise or an appropriate file, find someone who does to help you. Put the strike plate back on, and you should be in business.

If the amount you would have to enlarge the hole is so great that to do so would obliterate one of the screw holes in the strike plate, then you will need to move the strike plate instead of enlarging the hole. You don't want to move the strike plate unless you have too. If you try to move it less than about 1/4 inch you will have trouble getting the screws to grab on in new holes instead of the old holes. Before you commit to moving the strike plate, remove it and hold it in place where you would like to be. If you have wood where the screws need to go, then mark and drill new holes for the screws. You will need to use a chisel to remove a bit of the jamb so that the strike plate can sit flush. But before you start to chisel, put the strike plate in place temporarily with the screws. Now use a sharp knife to cut the outline of the strike plate. Remove the strike plate and then use a sharp chisel to carefully cut the depression (it’s called a mortise) that you need. You may also need to enlarge the clearance hole in the door jamb (for the plunger).

If area of the door jamb where the strikeplate goes is just in too sorry shape to fix it, then you need to start over with a fresh wood surface for the strike plate. This can be repaired with the aid of a router. You will need to contrive a fixture so that you can guide a router to cut out a nice neat rectangle ½ inch deep out of the door jamb where the strike plate was. This rectangle should be about 3 inches longer than the strike plate. You will probably have to remove some other trim. After cutting out the rectangle, cut a piece of ¾ wood to fit the rectangle and glue it in place. After the glue dries, plane it down flush with the jamb and fit the strike plate where you need it.

If you would like more detailed info on this last method using a router, please add comments and I’ll write another tip.

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