Home & Garden Maintenance & Repairs

How to Fix a Sticking Door Handle

    • 1). Inspect the door hinges for loose screws. Tighten the screws using a screwdriver and check the door.

    • 2). Inspect the door latch and strike plate with the door open for loose screws. Tighten down the screws with a screwdriver. Align the strike plate with the latch so they do not grind against each other.

    • 3). Open the door and insert the key. Try turning the key. Lubricate the locking mechanism if the key is difficult to maneuver. Remove the cap from the graphite powder tube and insert the end in the locking mechanism. Squeeze a few times to blow the powder into the lock. Insert the key and engage the lock a few times.

    • 4). Remove the cover from behind the handle by prying it up with the end of a flat head screwdriver. Inspect the inside of the unit for dirt or debris that may be preventing it from moving.

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