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Doorknob assemblies, which are also called locksets, come in a wide variety of styles and differing levels of security.

Locksets can be ornate brass and cost as much as 3 or four hundred dollars, or as little as twenty, but for the most part, a lockset is installed or removed in much the same way, regardless of style or cost.

Most of them are easily taken apart and easy to install, particularly those which you might purchase at a department or specialty store.

One in particular comes to mind that we try to purchase as often as we can because they are very secure and relatively inexpensive, which is Brinks Locks

A basic lockset is just that. Basic. The two most common are the deadbolt and the spring latch. Locksets with spring latches are easier to install, but deadbolt sets are far more common as they provide a greater level of security to the home.
Deadbolt lockset:
Outside knob has the keyhole.
Inside knob. Faces inside and usually has the locking button.


1. Unscrew the inside knob. There will usually be two exposed screws holding the knob in place, simply remove the screws and the inside half of the lockset will pull off, the outside portion of the lockset is also free and can be removed by pulling it out.
If there are no visible screws, look closely at the stem which is the straight shaft just behind the knob itself, and you should see a very small button in the side of the shaft. Press this button (try a flathead screwdriver), then pull the knob toward you. It will slide off the stem.
2. Remove the cover by finding a small notched opening on the cover’s outside edge. Slip the top of the screwdriver into this space. Angle the screwdriver’s handle toward you and the cover will normally pop off easily.
3. At this point you will see two screws that are holding the lock onto the door with a faceplate. Remove the screws, the faceplate and the lock can be removed.

Assemble the lockset :
Assembly is basically the same process as the dismantling, except it’s done in reverse:
1. Insert the lock into the opening from the outside, Line up the opening in the locking mechanism with the latch.
( The latch is the spring loaded piece in the edge of the door that engages with the door jamb to secure the door )
The latch’s spring extensions should slip and secure easily into the opening. Test it by turning the knob.
2.Install the faceplate with the two screws
3. Slip on the cover and snap it over the bent wire latch that holds it in place.
4. Slide the knob onto the shaft, depress the little latch on the shaft so that the knob slides over it, when in place the little latch will pop up into the slot and hold the knob in place.
5.Finally, give the lockset a thorough test: try both knobs and lock and unlock the door several times. Make sure that the key turns freely if their is one and also make sure that the bolt entered the plate smoothly with no sticking or grating.

You’re done.

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