door handle trending styles and fionishes

Trending styles and finishes for bungalow door handles in NZ

Replacing a bungalow door handle is a simple task that you can do yourself. The only tools you need are a screwdriver and a ruler. But before tackling this project, we recommend that you spend some time determining what type of handle will fit with your door. Just take a careful look at the type of door lock you currently have and evaluate whether it fits your needs.

Ever wonder if your current bungalow door handle is broken or do you want to upgrade the look and security of your door? Now is the time to do so. If you’re looking for an upgrade of the security of your door, try to consider the current configuration of your handle set. Come to think of it, if your door has a multipoint locking system, then you’ll not be able to replace your hardware with a standard operating lock. On the other hand, if you want a deadbolt, but your current door doesn’t have one, you should consult with a professional. But if you’re simply replacing your current configuration with an updated version, you can follow our simple steps below.

Step 1: Measure the door opening

Measure the distance from the center of the knob opening to the edge of the door before you purchase a new door handle. This measurement is called the backset that will make sure that it will fit your door, and easier to obtain after removing your existing doorknob. Remember to buy one that is oriented in the correct direction, this way the piece that locks the door will be on the inside and the keyhole will be on the outside.

Step 2: Figure out the latch plate you need

The latch plate is a piece of metal that surrounds the opening in the door where the latch comes through. The package that your doors handle usually includes a standard rectangular latch plate and a round latch plate. The rectangular one usually fits, but if necessary, switch it for the round plate.

Step 3: Remove the current handle

First, use a Philips-head screwdriver to remove the screws that are holding the door handle in place. Note that for most handles you will only need to remove the screws on one side of the door. However, there may be some that have screws on both sides. Secondly, when you remove the screws, both sides of the door handle should come out easily, along with the piece that covers the hole in the door or knob plate.

Step 4: Remove the latch

The door latch is the part of the doorknob or handles that secure the door in the door frame and locks the door. You may remove it by pushing it through the hole. If ever there are screws holding the latch in place then you will have to unscrew.

Step 5: Remove the strike plate

The strike plate is the metal piece that surrounds the opening in the doorframe where the latch holds the door closed. You may remove it by unscrewing the two screws that hold it in place.

Step 6: Install the latch

Slide the latch into the opening of the door, and if you’re using the standard rectangular latch plate, you will need to screw it into place with two screws.

Step 7: Install the handle

When the latch is firmly in place, you can now install the handle. Start with the side of the handle that has the square steel peg. That steel peg will go through the latch mechanism when you place that side of the handle into the door. When the peg is in place, line up the other half of the doorknob with the steel peg then secure the handle in place with screws.

Step 8: Attach the new strike plate

The last step is to screw in the new strike plate by simply screwing it in place.

After you have followed these eight steps, check if your bungalow door handle is properly operating and ensure that the latch and lock are working as they should and that the door opens and closes smoothly.

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