Kwikset Dummy Lever Installation

Kwikset Dummy Lever Installation


Kwikset handlesets use a unique mounting plate for easy installation and to conceal the mounting screws giving the handleset a clean look. Kwikset handlesets are available in several finish options. There are also many interior trim knob/lever options. Shop for Kwikset 157HFL Halifax Non-Turning One-Sided Dummy Door Lever. Free Shipping on orders over $45 at Overstock - Your Online Home Improvement.

Prepare your door. Make sure you lock is installed on your door and that your door is all the way open. If you have a deadbolt, make sure it is in the locked potion. If you have a knob or lever, make sure it is in the locked position. Ensure your door cannot close on its own, or that you have another way to enter you home. Insert current key. Insert the key that currently operates your lock. Rotate the key 90 degrees clockwise. Insert the SmartKey tool fully and firmly into the SmartKey hole. You may feel the tool click inside the lock. Remove the SmarKey tool. Remove the current key. Insert the new key you wish to use with the lock. Make sure your key is FULLY inserted. The edge of the key touches the indent in the cylinder face. Without pushing or pulling the key, rotate it 180 degrees counter-clockwise. Then rotate they key 180 degrees clockwise. Pull the key to make sure it will NOT come out in this position. Rotate the key 90 degrees counter-clockwise, back to the starting position. Remove your new key. You have successfully re-keyed your lock. VideoHow to Re-Key Your SmartKey Lock

Read More Written by Matt McKay; Updated December 27, 2018

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When repairing or replacing a doorknob lever, you need to remove the faceplate -- also called a trim plate or rosette -- to gain access to the internal latch and mounting components. Removal procedures will vary slightly based on lever handle design and model, but all types can be successfully removed with basic household tools. Levers and faceplates are typically mounted with screws, spring-loaded mechanisms or a combination of both. First, you'll need to inspect the device and choose the correct tools.

With Screws

  1. Inspect the lever and faceplate on both sides of the door and locate the single mounting screw on the lever shaft and two or more screws on the faceplate. Screw heads may be of the slotted (flat-head), cross-head (Phillips) or hexagonal (Allen) variety. If screws are not visible on the shaft, plate or both, refer to the next section.

  2. Remove the shaft screw by turning counterclockwise with a screwdriver or hex wrench.

  3. Remove the lever by pulling outward from the shaft.

  4. Remove the faceplate screws by turning counterclockwise with a screwdriver or hex wrench.

  5. Remove the faceplate by grasping and pulling outward along the shaft. If the plate is difficult to remove by hand, insert a flat-head screwdriver under the edge of the plate plate where it meets the door surface, prying outward using gentle pressure.

  6. Repeat the procedure to remove the opposite lever and faceplate if desired.

Screwless Mechanisms

  1. Inspect the lever shaft and locate the slot or hole. Some models may feature a hole or slot on the inside rim of the faceplate just below the shaft.

  2. Remove the lever by inserting an awl, nail or small screwdriver into the slot or hole, pushing inward while pulling the lever outward along the shaft with your hand. Note that some lever assemblies provide a special tool for this purpose.

  3. Inspect the faceplate at the edge where it meets the door surface and look for a narrow notch on one side of the base. Some models may not feature a notch but can still be pried off.

  4. Insert a flat-head screwdriver putty knife or similar tool into the notch or under the faceplate edge, prying outward with gentle pressure. The plate will unsnap from the interior mounting ring and will remove by pulling outward along the lever shaft.

  5. Repeat the procedure for the opposite lever and faceplate if desired.

  6. Things You Will Need

    • Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers

    • Allen wrenches

    • Awl or nail

    • Putty knife or thin, rigid blade tool

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    Some lever shaft screws are reverse-threaded, designed to screw into the shaft rather than common outward extraction. Reverse thread screws can be identified if difficulty is experienced while turning screws counterclockwise with no obvious movement. For this type of screw, turning clockwise will cause the screw to retreat into the shaft. Continued clockwise turning until resistance is felt will seat the screw into the shaft and allow the lever to pull from the shaft by hand.

    If prying faceplates with a screwdriver or other tool proves difficult or you are concerned with marring the door, place a pencil or rolled-up rag beneath the shaft of the tool. This will provide additional lever force for the tool and protect door surfaces.


    Do not force screws if they're difficult to turn. If necessary, apply a small amount of penetrating household oil (available from home supply or department stores with spray or drop applicator), and allow it to penetrate for several minutes before turning the screw again. Penetrating oil will loosen rust, dirt and provide lubrication of screw threads for ease of removal.

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Matt McKay began his writing career in 1999, writing training programs and articles for a national corporation. His work has appeared in various online publications and materials for private companies. McKay has experience in entrepreneurship, corporate training, human resources, technology and the music business.

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