Lever Door Handles
Installing a door lever is an easy upgrade that most people can accomplish in a short amount of time. They can be changed in around ten minutes but can add a new level of depth and style to your restoration project. Choosing new door handles can be as easy as knowing what style of home you have and finding something that suits that style. For example, it’s unlikely that you’ll install a modern style lever into a traditional home.
Overall, the door levers in our online shop fit into four categories, traditional, modern, transitional, and premium. Ideally you should match the other handles and fixtures in your home. However, if you are starting on your renovation you can use a door lever as a guide for the type of style you are trying to achieve. Even though the outside of your home may be one style, this does not mean that the interior needs to be the same, but that is usually what people expect. If you are planning on selling your home soon, it’s often best practices to follow what most people consider the norm. If you’re renovating or restoring the home for your own purposes then having a transitional exterior matched with a modern interior, may provide your guests with a surprise, as it will not be what they’re expecting. It all comes down to what you want to achieve with the project.
After you have chosen the style you can settle on the finish that you prefer. The finish you pick should complement your home and add to the overall decor. They should blend in and not be too obvious, selecting the right style and finish is key. We have a wide variety available and many of our levers come in different finishes, some of the ones we stock include, antique brass or copper, black, chrome, pewter, polished brass or nickel, rumbled nickel, satin brass, chrome or nickel, stainless steel, and wood.
How to Remove A Lever Door Handle Without Screws?
Replacing a door lever is a reasonably straightforward job. All you will usually need is a screwdriver, but a powered drill with a bit attachment may be best. Some levers use hex, or Allen, keys, so having a set of those might be handy.
Start by inspecting your door lever, if you didn’t install it you may need to work out how to uninstall it. Luckily, they are usually only a few variants for how to disassemble them, and most of this is how to get the cover off the handle so you can unscrew the two levers and remove it. Most doors will either have visible screws or a small grub screw to keep the cover attached. To take the plate off you’ll need to undo these and then it should come off easily.
However, if the cover to your door lever is smooth with no visible signs of screws, you can twist these off as they are fixed by pressure, or friction fitted, by twisting the metal cuff it will usually come off. If you need to you can use a small shim and slide that between the door and the cover plate to help you ease it off.
To get the actual door lever off on some models, you need to look for a small hole on the handle near the cover plate. When you find it, you’ll need to insert a small nail or a specific tool into the hole. This will push in a catch, and the lever can now be removed. Then there is a locking nut that attaches the two halves together, you can start to unscrew this with the end of a screwdriver, but once you start your fingers should be able to get it off the rest of the way. Once these are off, take your screw drive and remove the two screws that are keeping the levers together, and remove the mechanism from the door.
How to Reverse a Lever Door Handle?
If you have a right-handed door lever and you need to make it into a left one, the process is simple. You’ll need to find the lever release hole, and insert the tool provided with your kit (if you don't have one you can use a small nail). This will enable the release catch and the lever should slide off. Do this for both handle and change which side they were attached to, push the levers on until you hear them click. Now your right-handed set should be left-handed, and ready to be installed into the door.
After you have reversed the dollar lever, place it into position and check that it is working the way it should. Once you're satisfied that it all works, finishing installing it into place.
Buying Your Door Lever
At Restoration Online we have many door levers available to buy in our online shop. We ship Australia wide and offer a 21 day returns policy, this means that if the levers you buy are not all you expected them to be you can arrange for a return easily!
We have many other items available in our online shop feel free to have a look around, you never know what you might discover! If you're replacing your door handles, you could consider these items, door knobs, pull handles, rim locks, screen door handles, and entry door handlesets.