Door knobs are one of the most commonly used pieces of hardware in a home. And like any hardware that is used constantly, it degrades over time.
As a tenant, one of your responsibilities is to keep your residential rental clean and well-maintained. And as part of your Tenancy Agreement, undertaking minor repairs and maintenance to the property includes checking and tightening your door knobs.
You may think that this seems like too much trouble but in fact, tightening your door knobs is fairly simple to do. Of course, you can call a contractor to do it but this will likely cost £80 upwards.
The good news is, you can tighten your door knobs on your own quickly and easily using a few simple steps. While each brand has different steps and designs, the guide below has the basic steps that you need to tighten your door knobs.
Tighten Your Door Knobs Or Handles Quickly and Easily
The process to tighten your door knobs is fairly straightforward.
Place your hand on the knob and the collar.
Check if the collar has loosened. If it has, take a screwdriver and tighten the screws that hold the collar to the door.
If the door knob is loose, twist it carefully in a clockwise direction.
Continue twisting until the knob has tightened firmly.
Work slowly and deliberately so that you don't overtighten the knob. And you’re done.
Troubleshooting Why Your Door Knob Or Handles Still Feel Loose
If this process doesn't work, and your door knob or handle continues to feel loose, there are a few things more things you can do to troubleshoot the issue.
Please note that these suggestions are generally for the more common types of door knobs—one that you may have in your rental property.
First, check to see if the screws on the backplate of the door knob are loose. If they are, simply tighten them with a screwdriver.
If the screws are tight but the door knob handle still feels loose, you may need to replace the handles after all.
To do this, simply remove the old handles and install new ones in their place, following the manufacturer’s manual.
Finally, if none of these solutions works, you may need to replace the entire door knob assembly. This is a more complex task that will require some basic carpentry skills.
Loose door knobs can be a source of frustration for many tenants and renters. They may become loose over time and need to be tightened now and then.
We hope you find this information helpful and that it resolves any issues you have with your door knobs.
But if you find that tightening your door knobs has not been successful, please contact us on 01522503717 and we will be able to send out a contractor. However, if the repair needed falls under your responsibility as a tenant then you will be charged for the work.
Reminder That You May Be Charged - Where our contractor has arranged a time with you to attend and you postpone, cancel, or don't show up or where it is your fault for the appointment not proceeding you will be responsible for paying the call-out charge for the contractor and potentially any restocking fee for parts. Where the fault, issue or damage, is put down to your or other tenants, permitted occupiers, or guests' actions, you will be responsible for paying for the repair. These terms are already part of your Tenancy Agreement.