Door knob falls off all the time - how do I fix it?

Amy Poulton
by Amy Poulton

Hey everyone, this door handle keeps coming off on one side. We always put it back, but sooner or later it breaks off again. Any long-term suggestions?

door knob falls off all the time how do i fix it
  9 answers
  • Janice Janice on May 25, 2023

    Hi Amy, this link may be of help to you.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 25, 2023

    Hi Amy is replacing the door knob an option? I'm thinking the threads in the holes for the screws must have wore out over the years. A slightly larger screw might be the ticket but I would suggest replacement as the best option.

  • The holes may be worn and now too big. An old trick is to fill the holes with toothpicks or matchsticks(remove the heads) and try the screw again.

  • William William on May 25, 2023

    Fill the screw holes with pieces of wood, dowels, or golf tees. Predrill new holes smaller than the screws (usually 1/8" drill bit). Then screw the handle back on.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on May 26, 2023

    You need to buy a new lockset and handle for this.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 26, 2023

    I would clean all the paint and other stuff off first to see if that helps

  • We have very old knobs in our house, it's from the 1920's. I was reluctant to swap out anything, but eventually we had to replace the knob. The parts were no longer available and there wasn't really a way to make it work long term. Perhaps you might try a new knob?

  • Oh that's so frustrating. Is there a set screw that holds the knob to the post? I wonder if it's stripped not allowing you to tighten the knob on properly. Or try different screws all together for the whole set up. If you can find an architectural salvage place, they might have a collection of old hardware, or see if a hardware store has screws that will work.

  • Mogie Mogie 2 days ago

    If the knob itself came off in your hand, it's probably the kind that slips over a cylindrical spindle, which is mounted to the door as part of the latch assembly. Look for a little slot on the door-end of the knob, then look for a small, matching button on the side or underside of the spindle. Slip the knob back onto the spindle, aligning the slot with the button. Depress the button with a flathead screwdriver so you can slide the knob over it, and push the knob in until the button pops out through the slot. This often requires a little fidgeting to get the slot in just the right place.