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Old 04-14-2013, 03:15 PM   #1
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Basement door-handle

I need some help please. I have a 2001 Damon Intruder and the basement door handles are those big square ones that lift in the middle. I have broken one while it is shut and now I can not open the basement door. Does anybody know how to remove the door handle or open the door so I can replace the broken handle? I have a replacement handle for it already but the only way I can see to remove the old one is by undoing four bolts on the back of it. I can not get to those bolts if I'm unable to open the door. Thank you in advance.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #2
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Using a hole drill Hole drill - Google Search should give you access to reach in with a rod/screwdriver to release the spring latch mechanism.
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Could you post a picture of your door latch ? Mine broke and I had to get in also. If its the same I can take pictures to show how I got in.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
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sement latch

Same problem I had on our CC. Was able to use a small tool like a dentist pick to get to the plastic plungers. Takes two people (one to hold the door slightly open) Use masking tape to protect the paint at the door seams. It's a pita to do but once opened it's a snap to change out the latch. There may be two little round clips to keep the two rods anchored to the latch and another pita to find them.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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Could you post a picture of your door latch ? Mine broke and I had to get in also. If its the same I can take pictures to show how I got in.


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Take a look at an unbroken one and note where the latch bolt is located. On the broken one, drill a small hole 1/8-3/16 dia. in the bottom edge of the door inline with the bolt. Insert a rod or small phillips screwdriver into the hole and push the bolt to open. I did this to all by basement access doors so if they break, get stuck, etc. I have a way to get in. The hole is not visible unless you are looking in the right place.
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It looks like its similar but not exact. Find a long strong screwdriver that will go up from bottom to get to plastic latch . I use a wide scraper like tool to gently pry door out to provide access. Put a mark on screwdriver at the right length so you know about where latch is, take hammer and break latch. I've done this twice now, store those tools somewhere but in a bin with a latch like that. I made the silly mistake of throwing them in my tool box and guess which latch broke next !! I used a Label maker and put "don't slam door shut" that's on the bottom of every door to remind me and others to let it down gently and that cures about 99% of broken latch rods

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It looks like its similar but not exact. Find a long strong screwdriver that will go up from bottom to get to plastic latch . I use a wide scraper like tool to gently pry door out to provide access. Put a mark on screwdriver at the right length so you know about where latch is, take hammer and break latch. I've done this twice now, store those tools somewhere but in a bin with a latch like that. I made the silly mistake of throwing them in my tool box and guess which latch broke next !! I used a Label maker and put "don't slam door shut" that's on the bottom of every door to remind me and others to let it down gently and that cures about 99% of broken latch rods

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Great! I will give this a try tomorrow and post results. Thanks so much. I'm sure slamming is what broke mine as well. UGH lol
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Take a look at an unbroken one and note where the latch bolt is located. On the broken one, drill a small hole 1/8-3/16 dia. in the bottom edge of the door inline with the bolt. Insert a rod or small phillips screwdriver into the hole and push the bolt to open. I did this to all by basement access doors so if they break, get stuck, etc. I have a way to get in. The hole is not visible unless you are looking in the right place.


That sounds like a very good idea. I will look into that. Thanks for the info.
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It looks like its similar but not exact. Find a long strong screwdriver that will go up from bottom to get to plastic latch . I use a wide scraper like tool to gently pry door out to provide access. Put a mark on screwdriver at the right length so you know about where latch is, take hammer and break latch. I've done this twice now, store those tools somewhere but in a bin with a latch like that. I made the silly mistake of throwing them in my tool box and guess which latch broke next !! I used a Label maker and put "don't slam door shut" that's on the bottom of every door to remind me and others to let it down gently and that cures about 99% of broken latch rods

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Well I had a great sunshiny day today to get out and work on the basement door. I have decided I am the luckiest guy in the world. My basement latch looks NOTHING like yours! lol Mine doesn't have those poles that go out the sides of the door to latch. Mine is like a house door with the lever going down. I was able to figure out what I have to do but I had already reached the point of frustration today when I figured it out. I'll look at tackling it again next weekend!!!
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