How to Remove a Baldwin Lock

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

  • Small file

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Baldwin locks are known to be sturdy door hardware that provides security as well as flare to your door. Baldwin locks come in a variety of styles that you can choose from. From time to time you might need to remove your Baldwin lock to repair or replace it. In order for you to remove the lock, you need to remove the interior door handle from the door.


Step 1

Release the armor of the lock by unscrewing any screws holding it in place. The armor front is where the lock and tongue come along the swinging edge of the door.

Step 2

Expose the cylinder set by lifting the released armor front away from the door.

Step 3

Loosen the screws in the now exposed cylinder set and remove it from the door using a screwdriver. This is the mechanism that contains the locking and closing components of the handle.

Step 4

Unthread the screw cover on the inside of the door. This is the lowest piece of hardware on the door and is covering the bolt holding the bottom of the handle in place.


Step 5

Remove the small setscrew on the underside of the interior side door handle. You may have to grind the head of the screw off with a small file until it comes loose.

Step 6

Pull the interior handle off of the door.

Step 7

Remove the screws holding the interior decorative plate in place. There will be four screws, one in each corner, which you will have to unscrew.

Step 8

Unscrew the two screws on the inside of the door that secure the exterior door handle to the door.


Step 9

Push the lock cylinder out of the door with your thumb. Insert your thumb from the inside of the door and push the lock outward.

Step 10

Pull the exterior door handle off of the door.

Step 11

Finish removing the screws holding the cylinder set in place. This is the panel on the side of the door holding the mechanism.

Step 12

Pull the cylinder set out of the door.

Step 13

Remove the strike plate and dust box from the doorjamb with a screwdriver. These are the parts that house the tongue and lock when the door is closed.


Do not throw away any pieces of the lock until you are certain you won’t be using it again.


Susan Raphael

Based in New Jersey, Susan Raphael has been writing technology-related articles since 1991. Her work has appeared in “Wired” magazine, and “Mac Addict” magazine. Raphael received the Janet B. Smith Literary Award in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from New York University.