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Old 08-14-2015, 09:31 AM   #1
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Door Handle Broken

As you can see from the picture my entry door handle has decided to start to break. I was able to get the bottom catch to release from the striker but the top won't.

Any tips or ideas as to how to get the top to release would be greatly appreciated.
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If you are locked out and can't access the inside of the door to remove the panel you may have to use a Dremel and cut out the back of the door handle in order to reach the shaft that goes up to the upper latch. You should then be able to pull on it to release the latch. You are going to have to replace the door lock anyway so no extra loss.
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Got it off. Just needed a bigger screw driver to pry on the handle to get the latch to release. Found one on-line, should be here by Tuesday.
THanks for the Dremmel suggestion.
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Mine pulls sort of hard to get it to unlatch. I've had it apart a time or two and the parts don't look real rigid. I've started pushing on the door with my other hand when I pull on the latch and it opens much easier. It's just a habit you need to develop and soon you always do it.
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Mine pulls sort of hard to get it to unlatch. I've had it apart a time or two and the parts don't look real rigid. I've started pushing on the door with my other hand when I pull on the latch and it opens much easier. It's just a habit you need to develop and soon you always do it.
Yes...we have a choice, a tight or loose door seal. The tighter the seal, the more pressure on the door latch.

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Glad you didn't have to climb through a window.
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Glad you didn't have to climb through a window.

Me too. The way my luck has been running this week a cop would have been driving by & probably arrested me.
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