Steps to Fix a Loose Lever Handle


Door handles are a highly ideal alternative to door knobs. This is because they are much more convenient for those with weaker grips such as children and the elderly. Furthermore, you can open door handles easily even when you have your hands full.

Like cabinet handles and wardrobe handles, door handles can sustain damage which causes them to become loose. In order for them to work again, some minor repairs will be needed. Fortunately, you can fix a loose door handle on your own, provided that you take note of some guidelines.

How To Fix A Loose Door Handle With No Visible Screws


Most home door handles today are built with concealed screws for aesthetic reasons. They normally consist of a detent to fix the handle onto the plate. The detent itself has a metallic pin that is spring-activated and is meant to prevent the handle from loosening.

To repair a loose door handle with no visible screws, take note of the following steps:

  1. Locate The Detent Access Holes

First, locate the detent access hole. This is usually a small slot which, on most door knobs and handle types, can be found on the side. Once you have seen it, use a flathead screwdriver to press down on the pin then remove the handle from the spindle shaft to expose the base.


  1. Remove The Base

Once the base of your door handle is exposed, remove it by carefully detaching the ring with a flathead screwdriver. Be sure to avoid causing damage to the cover plate in the process.


  1. Inspect The Screws

Once you have removed the base of your professionally installed door handle, you should be able to see the previously-exposed screws. Inspect them closely to detect any signs of damage. If no damage exists, you might simply need to retighten the screws. If there are damages, you will need to replace them first. After re-tightening the screws and re-affixing the backing plate, place the ring back onto the latter. Next, place the handle back over the spindle shaft and turn it to click it into place.


How To Fix A Loose Door Handle With Exposed Screws


Though rare, some door handles are built with exposed screws. If your damaged handle happens to be one of them, try fixing it using the following steps:

  1. Inspect The Screws

Check if the screws of the handle you have installed show signs of damage in any form. In case you experience difficulty inspecting your door handle’s screws, you can try dismantling your door handle (see steps mentioned in previous section). That way, you can better detect if they can be repaired or are permanently damaged.

  1. Retighten The Screws

If the screws of your door handle do not appear to have any indications of permanent damage, simply re-tighten them with a screwdriver just as you would with a loose knob installation. Otherwise, have them replaced with newer and more durable screws first. After retightening the screws, reassemble your door handle using the steps mentioned in the previous section.


Why Do Door Handles Become Loose?


In most cases, even a door knob or handle installed by a professional can unfasten due to the screws themselves becoming loose and wobbly. At other times, it can be because the screws have completely broken off. A loose door handle can also occur simply because of age. Remember that door handles can accumulate different forms of dirt and dust over time. When these build up in the handle’s inner parts, its mechanism is eventually affected. In that case, you will need to remove the accumulated dirt.



Fixing a loose door handle installed by a professional should be an easy process provided you follow the proper steps. However, if you have doubts about fixing your door handle yourself, do not hesitate to seek professional help. At A1 Knobs & Handles Singapore, our professionals can help you repair your loose door handle. Besides that, they can provide you with useful tips to prevent any similar problems in the future.


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