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How to Fit Door Handles – contributed by Handle King :: Posted by: Admin on January 5th, 2018

How to Fit Door Handles

It is easy to install new door handles, transforming your doors in minutes. If you are fitting new handles to an existing door it is simply a case of unscrewing the old and re-fixing the new, but for a new door you will first need to prepare the door.

Determine the Positioning

Drill the Fixing Holes Stabilise the door using a door wedge before drilling pilot holes for the spindle and latch. Start by using a small drill bit and gradually increase the size of the drill bit to ensure accuracy and to avoid splintering of the wood, next use a 22mm spade bit to finish the spindle hole. You can then repeat this process on the narrow edge of your door to create the latch hole, ensuring you drill to a depth that is deep enough to accommodate the full length of the latch.
If you have modern chrome door handles with bolt-through fixings then mark out their position on your door, usually these sit parallel to the levers on the horizontal axis. Finally, drill the bolt-through holes in preparation for fitting.

Drilling door handles

Fit the Latch

Hold your latch against the door with the faceplate flush against the edge and draw around it. Next chisel out this section to the depth of the faceplate, so that the latch sits flush within this space. You will then be ready to screw fit your latch to the door.
Hold your strike plate against the door jamb ensuring it sits in alignment to your latch, then draw around the strike plate and measure down to the centre of the latch. Mark this on your door jamb and drill a pilot hole at this point, then use the spade bit to create a hole deep enough to seat the latch bolt when the door is closed. Lastly chisel a section within the door jamb to seat the strike plate, ensuring it sits flush before screwing it into position.

fitting the door handles

Fit the Door Handles

First you will need to insert the spindle into the follower and attach the handles on either side of the door. Insert and tighten the bolt-through fixing and wood screws to secure your handles to the door. Lastly you will be able to refit the outer rose cover to conceal the fixing screws, if applicable. Congratulations, your door handles are now fitted and ready to use!

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