Installing a door handle-lock in an interior door

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This article will help you figure out how to cut a latch handle into a door leaf. Adhering to the work algorithm described in the article, you can easily do this operation yourself, with a minimum set of tools and very quickly.

Installing a door handle-lock in an interior door

No door is complete without a handle. The most popular type of handle for interior doors today is the latch handle..

The design of this type of handles is such that, regardless of their appearance, they are all installed in the door leaf in the same way. How to do it yourself will be described in this article..

Latch handle design

The handle itself, that is, the visible part of it, can look completely different. So:

Installing a door handle-lock in an interior door

or like this:

Installing a door handle-lock in an interior door

All of these handles-latches consist, in fact, of two parts – the handle itself:

Installing a door handle-lock in an interior door

and latch mechanism:

Installing a door handle-lock in an interior door

Both parts of the latch handle require a separate cut into the door leaf.

Latch handles are available without a latch – a door with such handles cannot be locked from the inside, with a latch – an additional pivot mechanism installed on the handle and allows you to lock the door from the inside, and with a key – a turnkey mask on one side of the handle that allows you to lock the door from the outside, on the other, a latch … All handles have design differences that do not affect the insertion process in any way. The inner part (latch) is also the same, that is, it cuts in the same way for all types of latch handles.

So let’s get started.

Required tool

To make the installation of the latch handle as easy as possible, you will need:

  1. Hand drill or screwdriver.
  2. Crown for wood with a diameter of 50 mm.
  3. Drill for wood with a diameter of 23-24 mm.
  4. Chisel.
  5. A hammer.
  6. Pencil.

The crown and drill can be purchased separately, or as a set, which is called “Set for inserting snap handles”.

Installing the latch handle

1. The installation process begins with the marking of the door leaf for drilling. Marking scheme, as a rule, comes with a pen.

Installing the door latch handle

If there is no scheme, then you can mark it up manually. To do this, put a mark at a distance of 60 mm from the edge of the door.

Installing the door latch handle

2. On the side edge of the door along the axial marking line, mark the center for drilling.

Installing the door latch handle

3. Using a chisel, gouge a three-millimeter recess under the latch faceplate. It makes sense to pre-mark the center with an awl so that you do not have to re-mark it.

Installing the door latch handle

4. Drill a through hole with a 50 mm bit. It is better to do this on both sides of the door to avoid damage to the door covering at the exit of the crown when drilling.

Installing the door latch handle

Installing the door latch handle

5. As a result, we get the following hole:

Installing the door latch handle

6. Go to the side edge. Using a wood drill with a diameter of 23-24 mm, we drill a hole for the latch into the marked center. Do not do it too deeply, otherwise you risk drilling the door right through to the panel.

Installing the door latch handle

7. We already get two holes.

Installing the door latch handle

8. Install the latch in the side hole and screw it with self-tapping screws.

Installing the door latch handle

9. Remove the upper part of the handle. To do this, look for a hole on the side..

Installing the door latch handle

Using the included key or any other thin flat object:

Installing the door latch handle

press the tongue inside the hole:

Installing the door latch handle

and remove the handle itself up:

Installing the door latch handle

10. Remove the decorative strip and thereby open the mounting holes.

Installing the door latch handle

11. Insert the outer half of the handle.

Installing the door latch handle

12. Insert the inner half. We tighten both with the screws included in the kit.

Installing the door latch handle

13. We put on a decorative strip and a handle body. Do not forget to press the inner tongue with the key.

Installing the door latch handle

14. With the door closed, mark the place where the latch tongue of the door jamb touches, and then gouge in the resulting place a recess for the latch tongue.

Installing the door latch handle

15. Insert a decorative plastic pocket.

Installing the door latch handle

16. We fasten the metal plate.

Installing the door latch handle

17. Handle installed.

Installing the door latch handle

If there is no drill, then all the holes can be made using a suitable chisel, however, in this case, installing the handle will require more serious repair and construction skills and may turn out to be an overwhelming task for an unprepared person.

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