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They also will be getting a lot more wear and tear on an outside door and may not be strong enough to handle it. Its not just door knobs but there are also handles that can replace a door knob to give you door a little different look. The sliding door handles have a more industrial look. If you are creating a home with a modern décor motif these may be just the pieces you are looking for. An added bonus of the door handle door knob varieties is that for some they are easier to open. As many people age they have limited mobility in their hands from arthritis or other muscle reducing ailments. Sometimes grabbing a hold of a normal door knob and turning it is a difficult proposition. But with a sliding door handle its much easier to open a door just push the handle down and the door pops open. Even if they have limited hand mobility these doors can be opened by just leaning on the handle to trigger the mechanism.
Once done you will now see the inside of the wooden door and the part of the doorknob that goes through it. Push the opening and closing mechanism on the front of the door and at the same time pull the remaining piece of the door knob from the outside it will slide out easily leaving a hole that goes through the door. Once this is done take the opening and closing mechanism and slide it out the front of the door too. Now you have to reverse the process place the opening and closing mechanism through the front of the door make sure the flat side of the mechanism looks to the side to which the door opens.
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If it works properly close the door and lock it try the key again. If there is resistance or it is hard to open loosen the screws on the front or on the cylinder supports just a bit one or two turns should do it try the door again it should be okay. Slip in the decorative door knob on the inside and turn it a bit until it clicks and locks into place. Congratulations you are now the proud owner of a new door knob which you installed personally. There are many small things like this that you can learn to do around the house in your spare time that will save you money and even time if your carpenter or electrician are very busy and you have to make an appointment for them to come work for you.