Read How To Remove A Doorknob Without Screws

by Mario Garcia
Read How To Remove A Doorknob Without Screws

Is it possible for a DIYer to take off a doorknob that doesn’t have screws? This question could be running through your mind right now.

In most cases, some persons might prefer hiring a professional. Why? Removing a doorknob without screws seems a bit tricky, and it sure is. 

However, being tricky doesn’t mean it’s undoable. With the right guide and tools, you can get it done without breaking much sweat. 

We will provide all the details you need to know to remove doorknobs with concealed screws. This guide would be a simple one so that everyone can understand the process. 

So, if you’re ready, read from start to finish and get your doorknob fixed. 

What You Know About Doorknob Without Screws

Most doorknobs have screw. And for those, the doorknob is a breeze to take off. These sets of doorknobs have visible screws. All one needs to do is get the right screwdriver, unscrew and take off the doorknob. It’s that simple. 

However, some class of doorknobs doesn’t have screws. Or perhaps, that’s what you would think when you look at them. But the truth is these high-end doorknobs have screws. The reason you aren’t seeing them is that they are buried under the protective cover. 

Pro Tip: Expensive doorknobs and locks come designed in a way that keeps the mounting screws hidden. 

What should one expect when trying to remove a doorknob without visible screws? Just take proper care during the process. Otherwise, you may damage the doorknob and the door’s finish. That’s how serious it can get. 

Guide On How To Take Off A Doorknob Without Screws

Alright, let’s delve into the various steps on how you can remove a doorknob that doesn’t have visible screws.

Step#1: Find the right tools:

Tools are the most important things in this whole process. You can’t remove a doorknob with your bare hands, regardless of how strong you are. 

By mere looking at the doorknob, you will think it’s attached to the door itself. It’s that strong, though a wise choice security-wise. 

So, here are the tools you’re going to need.

  • Philips screwdriver
  • Hex-head wrench
  • Small flathead screwdriver

Step#2: Study the doorknob:

Wait a minute; study a doorknob before taking it off? This sounds like a waste of time. But it’s not. It will make the task easier and possibly, save you from incurring any avoidable damages. 

Understand the doorknob you’re dealing with, so the process won’t be confusing to you. 

If you don’t understand the doorknob before you start working on it, you might damage the doorknob and the door’s finish. 

If this occurs, then you will spend more money, thus making your effort a wasted one. Nobody wants that. 

Pro Tips:  Different doorknobs without screws may look uniquely designed. But that doesn’t mean they are entirely different. You can use the same process mentioned in this post to remove any doorknob without a screw. Don’t be tricked by a doorknob’s design.

Step#3: Find the thin slot:

Your door doesn’t have screws. That’s why it’s a bit tricky. But then, you can still remove the screws. 

Alright, let’s continue with the removal process. Since there’s no visible screw, head straight to the knob’s neck. 

What do we mean by the neck? It’s behind the knob. So, if your knob boasts a thin slot, drive your small flathead screwdriver straight into the slot. Then pull the doorknob carefully until it comes off the knob’s body.   

But know this. Some doorknob models are quite different. You might not necessarily locate a screw head. 

You may have to unscrew a certain screw or hit a button through a tiny hole on the doorknob’s neck. After taking this action, the doorknob would come off. 

Step#4: Take the hidden screw off:

 Now check the screw head’s top. Does it match a flat head or Philips screwdriver? Pick the right tool and unscrew the screw. The handle would become free after a couple of anticlockwise movements. 

All you need is for the handle to be free, and then you can progress from there. Once the handle becomes loose, please remove it from the door gently. Note that there’s no need to use force when unscrewing or screwing a doorknob.

After removing the handle from the door, assess the knob’s spindle. Does it feel a bit stuck or not? If your answer happens to be yes, here’s something you should do. 

You can fix this problem by heading to the back of the doorknob. Find the cover plate keeping the mounting screws, and pry it out. 

That’s it. You’re almost there.  

Step#5: Work on the hex-head screws:

The next and final step is to take off the hex-head screws. By the way, you need the right tool to loosen these screws, which is the Allen wrench or hex key.

The Allen wrench is a special kind of tool used to drive screws and bolts that carries hexagonal sockets on their heads. They come in “L” shape and boast unequal arms. 

Pro Tip: Allen wrench or hexagonal keys come in varied sizes. So, ensure you find the one that fits into your screw’s hexagonal socket. You can purchase the set of Allen wrenches for future purposes. You may need it someday. 

Alright, let’s continue. 

So, it’s clear that the Allen wrench or hex key is the best tool to remove the hex-head screws holding the doorknob in place. 

Just place your Allen wrench of the right size on the screw’s head and turn it in the direction you want. That is either clockwise or anticlockwise, depending on whether you want to loosen or tighten the screw. 

Finally, your doorknob without screws has been removed. You can change it or do whatever you had in mind from here. 


You can see that removing the doorknob without a screw isn’t that difficult. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a tricky one. If you can follow this guide to the latter, you won’t encounter any challenges. 

You also don’t need a pro for this kind of task, as it’s a waste of money and time. You can remove any doorknob without screw on your own. Just get the right set of tools and, as earlier said, follow the steps carefully. 

It’s also important to take proper care when removing the doorknob without screws from a door. Ensure you don’t damage the doorknob or the door finish. Don’t be aggressive when removing the doorknob from the door. 

We sincerely hope that you can use this guide to remove your doorknob with ease. Thanks for reading.

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