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Once the door is unlocked, can you open it from the inside?
Can you lock and unlock from the inside?
No, the inside handle will not open the door
Is the door put back together completely and now you are trying it?
Is it possible that the long rods for the pull handle and door lock were switched?
Are all the rods and links attached to each other? all the way to the latch mechanism?
The only thing left is the latch mechanism itself then.
The latch mechanism does not seem to be not working.
when the door is open and i hit the lock switch, you can hear the latch move and the door handle button moves to show locked.
is there some trick to replacing the door handle itself? it seemed like the rods were the only things that needed to be addressed.
There's no trick as it is a pretty straight forward job. Just remove the locks holding the rods in place and replace the latch and reinstall. I cant help to think that something is being overlooked but I'm not there and its hard to tell.