Job difficulty: 2/5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
As anyone who’s ever been locked out of the bathroom can tell you, it’s never fun battling a broken door handle. As a common issue, it’s always handy to know how to fix this particular problem – so if your toolbox is prepped and you’re raring to go, let’s get stuck in:
1. When a handle breaks, there’s normally one side that’s faultier than the other. However, regardless of which side is worse, it’s always best to take both sides of the handle off in a bid to gain a clearer picture of the fault.
2. Once you’ve removed both sides, you should be able to identify a cross-member (usually rectangular in shape) that fits between the two handles – take this out using some long-nosed pliers
3. As the years go by, this cross-member wears, meaning that it often becomes too short to run between each fitting (hence why only one side of the handle works).
4. To rectify this fault, simply pad out the groove in which this cross-member sits in each handle using some tiny nuts and a tiny drop of glue. By spacing out the fittings, you’ll be shortening the gap in which this rectangular cross-member sits – which should prevent the fault occurring again anytime soon!