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Bottom screw on handle loose

How do I take the door apart so I may tighten or re insert the screw holding the handle on? the bottom screw came out and there are no screws to take the door apart....does it snap apart?

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Re: bottom screw on handle loose

Open the door and you will have to peel and pry apart door.It is abot a 1-2" frame around inside door.that peels off it just snaps in.

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Re: bottom screw on handle loose

All my micros had the screw go through the handle into the need to take door apart, just screw it back in. Why would you need to take the door apart?

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