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I have a 1997 Baldwin door knob set between my garage and house (looks like the discontinued 5025 knob). Neither side locks since there is a dead bolt in the door. Several months ago, I noticed that the knob on the inside developed some 'play' in it. This was accompanied by sticking of the latch assembly so that the interior knob could be rotated a quarter of a turn but the latch didn't move. This was, and still is, intermittent. There is no problem with the garage side knob. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to disassemble the knob and neither does my local locksmith (without seeing the thing in the door.). There is no slot, set screw, hex nut opening, etc. on either the shaft (?shank) or the rosette. I thought the rosette might be screwed on, but it doesn't move easily so I would need to use a pipe wrench to really apply torque. Have you ever heard of this before and, if so, do you have any ideas how I can get the knob off? Thanks.

Hello Scott,

According to what I've found, there should be a set screw on one of the knobs near the rose. You cannot remove the rose without first removing the knob - on the same side of the door.

This PDF will show what I mean:

Like your local locksmith, it's difficult to determine how it's installed without seeing the whole thing. Are you certain it's a Baldwin and not Emtek or Rocky Mountain Hardware as they are all very similar? Of course even those have some type of set screw.

Is there a hole on either rose? Some locks, very few but some, have a hole in the rose. Using a spanner wrench (that's included with the new lock) you unscrew the rose until you can get to some type of retainer to remove the knob. Generally locks are manufactured so that one side, generally the non-keyed side, has the hole or set screw to release the inside knob or lever then the rose is removed and the rest is slid out of the outside face of the door. With a passage knob or lever it's hard to know how it was installed so you have to look at both sides.

If you can provide photos of both knobs but the latch side of them, it may help.



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