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What to do when fitting your new interior door handles?

Interior door handles can be quick and easy to replace but sometimes on the rare occasion it can be awkward and challenging.

Rose design or a backplate are the most popular design of interior door handles, these can easily be replaced by unscrewing the screws holding the handle to the door and then replacing with the new door handles. The spindle that drives the door lock or door latch stays put with the door handle just fitting over the spindle which is usually a standard 8mm size. The door latch can be usually be very simple to replace if it is the tubular door latch design as these can usually be found in two size, 2.5 inch or 3 inch.

Here are a few things to consider when changing a backplated door handle:-

  • Try to make sure the backplate of the new door handle covers across any existing fixing holes in the door.
  • Make sure any new holes that are made don’t fall across existing ones, unless they are exactly the same!
  • If you have selected a thinner backplate or you are moving to a rose design then remove the existing door handle and check there is no other holes for the lock that may affect the changeover.
  • When it comes to painting your door, try using decorator handles (see our recent post). They can be easily fitted and allows you to paint freely without getting any paint of your new door handles. Always make sure you leave your door too fully dry out for a good 48 hours to protect the surface finish of the door handles!

Bathroom Door Handle Lever Latch Door Handle in Brass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to consider when changing a rose lever door handle:-

  • Make sure any new fixing holes that are made done fall across existing ones, unless they are exactly the same!
  • If the door handle has an accompanying lock, make sure you fit matching escutcheons.
  • If you are changing to a rose design from a backplate you will need to make good the fixing hole marks from the backplates and possibly a lock hole.
  • Again when it comes to painting your door, try using decorator handles (see our recent post). They can be easily fitted and allows you to paint freely without getting any paint of your new door handles. Always make sure you leave your door too fully dry out for a good 48 hours to protect the surface finish of the door handles!

 

Wind Lever Rose Door Handle in Polished ChromeRose Door Handle

Decorators Handles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: George Mitchell

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