The doorknob on our most-used exterior door had become loose and jiggled around distressingly whenever we opened the door. It wasn’t obvious immediately how to fix this – it’s all smooth with no obvious screws. Until I took a close look in good light and saw this tiny little hole:
So I went and grabbed a whole pile of different size screwdrivers including the trusty hex set:
And sure enough, an itty-bitty hex key fit in the hole and loosened the outer knob. Knob? It’s a lever-style door handle which is a great choice when you’re trying to get through a door with armloads of stuff and haven’t got enough free fingers to wrap around and turn a traditional knob. But I don’t think doorlever is actually an accepted term so I guess it’s a doorknob regardless of it’s distinctly un-knoblike shape. Anyway…
Allowing me to slide the knob off entirely:
And then the base piece popped off without a whimper:
And there, finally, were the loose screws hiding underneath it all. A quick tightening….
Then reverse the steps above and Hallelujah! a functioning doorknobleverthingie. And now these notes ensure that I’ll remember exactly what to do when this happens again in a few years!
Little by little the home becomes liveable again.