Single Action Lock for Day Care Centers

 

When updating or replacing door hardware in a children’s day care center, it can be a challenge finding the right balance between safety and convenience.  Something secure, yet easy to operate is essential.  Maybe your Fire Marshall or Building Inspector is requiring a specific kind of lock.  If regulations require locks on all exit doors to release upon turn of the knob or lever, our 5.5 Inch Center-to-Center Interconnected Commercial Locksets are the perfect fit.  Also in accordance with most state and local regulations, there is no key or special knowledge/effort required to operate these locks when exiting a building.  Even when the door is locked from the outside with a key, or from the inside with a thumbturn, all you need to do is push the lever down or turn the knob to exit the building.  These locksets are equipped with an interconnect device between the knob/lever and the deadbolt, requiring a single action to unlock both simultaneously.  Once out of the building, it does not lock behind you making it a quick, easy exit without locking anyone out.  Virtually a panic-proof lock for both children and staff.

If you are updating or renovatinga children day care center, our 5.5-inch CC Interconnected Locksets such as the locks pictured below, are the ideal hardware replacements.

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock with Hancock Knob 5.5 CC – Light Commercial

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock – Shown in Satin Chrome with Kingston Lever – Light Commercial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EzSet 5.5 Inch CC Interconnected Commercial Lockset

EzSet 5.5 Inch CC Interconnected Commercial Lockset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These locks require standard door preparation, which most doors already have.  In other words, the distance between the centers of the two bore holes on the door measures 5.5 inches.  So not only are these locks sleek and efficient, they also fit the most common door preparation out there. You can view these, as well as the rest of our Standard Interconnected Commercial and Residential Locksets here:

http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnect_standard_prep.htm

However, we know that occasionally new doors will have special preparation requirements.  In this case, you will want to check out our interconnected locks that do not require standard door preparation such as the Weslock Unigard Woodward, which requires a 2 7/8” Center-to-Center measurement:

Weslock Unigard Woodward – 2 7/8″ CC Interconnected Lockset shown in Oil Rubbed Bronze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or the EZSet Grade II IRHD Entrance Interconnected Leverset which requires a 4” Center-to-Center:

EZSet Grade II IRHD Entrance Interconnected Leverset – shown in Satin Nickel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view our wide range of residential and commercial interconnected locksets, click on the link below:

http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnected_lock.htm

In short, these Single Action Locksets are perfect for any day care center wanting to create a safe and secure environment for both staff and children.  If you have further questions about interconnected locks and how they work, you may refer to our “All About Interconnected Locks” page: http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnected-lock-info.htm

We know there are many style options and applications for interconnected locks. If you need help figuring out which interconnected lock to use, please give us a call at

877-852-9449 Mon-Fri 9-5 Mountain Time, or contact us by email at info@directdoorhardware.com.

Single Action Lock for Assisted Living Facilities

Single Action Lock for Assisted Living Facilities

Are you updating or replacing hardware in an Assisted Living facility? Is your Fire Marshall or Building Inspector requiring a specific kind of lock? Our 5.5 Inch Center-to-Center Interconnected Commercial Locksets may be just what you are looking for. In accordance with most state and local Assisted Living facility regulations, there is no key or special knowledge/effort required to exit. When the door is locked from the outside with a key, or from the inside with a thumbturn, all you need to do is push the lever down or turn the knob to exit. These locksets are equipped with an interconnect device between the knob/lever and the deadbolt, requiring a single action to unlock both simultaneously. Once out of the building, it remains unlocked and will not lock behind you making it the ideal panic-proof lock. Their purpose is to increase efficiency, ease and safety when exiting a building.
When updating or renovating an Assisted Living facility, our 5.5-inch CC Interconnected Locksets such as the locks pictured below, are the ideal replacements.

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock with Hancock Knob 5.5 CC – Light Commercial

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock – Shown in Satin Chrome with Kingston Lever

EzSet 5.5 Inch CC Interconnected Commercial Lockset

EzSet 5.5 Inch CC Interconnected Commercial Lockset shown in Polished Chrome

Why? Because they require standard door preparation, which most homes already have. In other words, the distance between the centers of the two bore holes on the door measures 5.5 inches. So not only are these locks sleek and efficient, they also fit the most common door preparation. You can view these, as well as the rest of our Standard Interconnected Commercial and Residential Locksets here:

http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnect_standard_prep.htm

However, we know that some new doors will have special door preparation requirements. In this case, you will want to check out our interconnected locks that do not require standard door preparation such as the Weslock Unigard Premier, which requires a 2 7/8” Center-to-Center measurement:

Or the EZSet Grade II IRHD Passage Interconnected Leverset which requires a 4” Center-to-Center:

EZSet Grade II IRHD Passage Interconnected Leverset shown in Satin Nickel

You can view our wide range of residential and commercial interconnected locksets at http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnected_lock.htm
It’s clear that these Single Action Locksets are ideal for any Assisted Living facility in need of update or hardware replacement, creating a safe and secure environment for its residents. If you have further questions about interconnected locks and how they work, you may refer to our “All About Interconnected Locks” page: http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnected-lock-info.htm
We know there are many style options and applications for interconnected locks. If you need help figuring out which interconnected lock to use, please give us a call at
877-852-9449 Mon-Fri 9-5 Mountain Time, or contact us by email at info@directdoorhardware.com.

The Knock Knock Lock?

I’m giving these guys props for coming up with a cool idea. Max Lesser and Andy Chen are apparently a couple of roomies that kept losing their keys and took matters into their own hands to come up with a solution – which for them was programming a secret series of knocks that activates a key dispensing mechanism. Just use your secret knock, the key is dispensed and then put the key back in the dispenser once you enter. Here’s their video on how it works:

Cool idea guys, but i think i’ll just keep using my Emtek Emtouch Keyless Lock. Maybe not as fun, but less complicated and no keys required at all. I’m just sure i’d forget to put the key back in the knock knock lock, but I can set my own key code and remember it. Keep being creative though. I wish someone would invent a good public restroom lock that would open without me having to touch the door after I wash my hands.

Door Hardware at Vikingsholm

This summer for our family vacation we went to beautiful Lake Tahoe and had a great time with the kids. On one day we went over to tour a cool old castle called Vikingsholm at Emerald Bay which is on the southwest shore of the lake. This place was fun to visit and had some interesting history, and of course I checked out the architecture and cool door hardware there.myphome 1020

Vikingsholm was a summer home built in 1929 by Lora Josephine Knight. She bought a big chunk of land at Emerald bay, including Fannette Island, for $250,000. That’s around 3.5 million in today’s money. The home was built out of materials found locally at Lake Tahoe. Granite stones for the foundation and outer walls were quarried on site, and the timber for the structure was cut from that area too. The foundation was laid in 1928 and the rest of the building was completed the following summer. She had hired 200 craftsmen who lived in temporary barracks while they built the home. Vikingsholm was crafted to replicate scandanavian buildings from the 11th century. myphome 1021The workmanship on this place was amazing. Some of the more memorable features are the wood carvings on the structure of the home, paintings on the ceilings and walls and the hand crafted furniture. Some parts of the heavy timber construction were done with tightly fitting joinery with no nails or pegs consistent with the methods used in 11th century Sweden.

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Entrance door lock interior

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Guest bedroom door locks

Check out the door hardware from the main entrance. The handle on the top left draws the latch. The little face on the top of the lock is attached to a pin that drops down in the lock, I couldn’t tell what the function of that was. Keyhole at the bottom to lock or unlock.  All of the guest bedrooms had these sweet looking locks imported from Sweden according to our tour guide. The locksets have a latch that can be opened from the inside, but can only be locked from the outside. Apparently the idea on security at the time was that the hostess would lock all of the guests into their rooms at night and then she would lock herself into her own room. Doesnt seem too safe by today’s standards, but I guess there were less problems if everyone was locked into their room for the night.

All of the doors had the cool old strap hinges on them.myphome 1035 These hinges, along with the fireplace screens and metal light fixtures were forged by hand on site.  Vikingsholm was an amazing place. Much to be admired there as it was built in the early 1900’s by skilled craftsmen. The detail on this place was unbelievable. Today Vikingsholm is owned by the State of California, its been very well preserved and is a fun place to visit. Also plan on a short hike to Eagle Falls and playing at the sandy beach, or rent a kayak right there at Emerald Bay.

Weekend Project: Alternative Garage Door Weatherstrip

Not pleased with the standard vinyl weatherstrip that is installed on most garage doors? Me either. It seals well enough but they discolor, you can’t really paint them, and depending on how they are installed they often warp and just look bad. When I had some new garage doors installed last year I asked the door company what other options I had. They told me if I didn’t like the standard weatherstrip i should just not install it. I’m in a cold climate, and I like to use my garage year round so I couldn’t just go without. I ended up ordering the plastic stuff because i didn’t know what else to do, but I just wasn’t happy with it and never put it up. It’s still in a box in my garage if anyone wants it, i’ll give you a great deal.

The other day I decided I was going to do something about this situation before winter hits again. I ordered some Pemko Bronze colored weatherstrip that is generally used on exterior man doors. We don’t have it on our website, but we can order some in for you if you like, just contact us. It’s relatively inexpensive weatherstrip and just mounts into a saw kerf.

My doors are trimmed out in Smartside siding, so I orders some 1×4 Smartside trim for this little project. Using my table saw I cut a 5/8″ deep kerf in the edge of the 1×4.

Saw Kerf in 1x4 Smartside

 

With the kerf cut it’s really easy to install the weatherstrip, just press the ribbed edge into the kerf all the way down the 1×4.

Installing weatherstrip in saw kerf

 

I debated for a couple of months if this type of weather strip would work on a garage door. I was worried that as the door came down it would push the weatherstrip down and out of the kerf. However, if you watch your garage door close it comes down at a slight angle towards the ground and the door isn’t completely vertical until it hits the ground. I closed my doors and lightly tacked the 1×4 with weatherstrip against the door making sure it was compressed slightly between the board and the door to assure a good seal. After opening and closing the door a few times, testing the seal and making sure it wasn’t obstructing anything I used some longer finish nails to solidly attach the 1×4 to the jamb. I just need a little caulk and paint and we’ll have a nice clean seal with no warping or discoloring. This was a simple project to do and really not very expensive. weatherstrip installed

Quality, Modern Style Handrail Brackets

Handrail brackets aren’t something a lot of people think too terribly much about. But there are many among us that are hardware snobs due to our various professions whether it be home builder, interior designer, architect or hardware retailers like myself. If you know much about hardware, you know that the standard handrail brackets work, they just aren’t the most attractive. So what do you do when you’re building a multi million dollar home, or a really high end office? Linnea makes a great quality modern style handrail bracket that looks great and is nice and sturdy. We’ve sold a slew of these to designers and builders working on luxury type projects where the standard bracket just won’t do. More spendy? yes. But some times you get what you pay for. In this case it’s better quality and a clean sleek look worthy of high end projects.

Linnea HRB12 Handrail BracketLinnea HRB10 Modern Handrail bracketLinnea HRB11 Modern Handrail Bracket

Emtek Modern Bath Hardware Collection

We have been looking for a house for a few months now because we have a baby on the way and this little loft apartment just wont cut it for long term. There is no room for a crib, there is no bath tub, there are some wicked stairs for her to fall down if we were to be here when she starts to crawl. Anyway, we found a house finally that we really want and things seem to be moving forward on maybe possibly getting it! It’s brand new, and we tried swooping in to pick colors of the floors, walls, hardware etc., but we were a little too late. That’s okay! I like to dream of what some of the things will look like and worst case, if we hate it… we can redo it!

I am so curious what the door hardware will be like in this house, what the light fixtures, cabinet hardware, and bath hardware will be like. I am falling for the more modern, sleek look. I dream of modern levers and cabinet hardware throughout the house. I dream of a white kitchen with stainless steel or satin nickel bar pulls on the cabinets. I dream of modern style bath hardware.

Bath hardware may not really seem like that big of a deal and it’s easy to pick something dirt cheap just because you really don’t care what your toilet paper holder or towel holders will look like. I’m telling you, it can really change up the look. Even a simple finish change could make things look brighter, cleaner, more stylish.

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I know this is a little extreme of a makeover, but you kind of get the idea don’t you?

This is the bath hardware I would love to have some day. It’s from Emtek. And it’s their modern collection. Go figure.

Modern Paper Holder

What’s really cool about this Emtek Modern Bath Hardware, is that you get to choose your style of rosettes (or backplates), like Disk (which is shown), Neos, Square and Small Disk. You also get to choose from 4 different finishes, like Oil rubbed Bronze,  Satin Nickel, Flat Black, and Polished Chrome.

Deltana 7/8 Inch Drive In Ball Catch

I have been seeing a whole lot of Deltana orders being placed lately. Particularly the Deltana 7/8 Inch Drive-In Ball Catch. A ball catch is generally used on double closet doors, or maybe a single closet door, where a latch (the pieced that goes in and out of the door when the door knob is turned to hold the door in place) is not being used or needed.

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Ball catches are installed on the top of the doors. They easily mount to the top edge of the door after a hole has been drilled to allow the ball to fall into the hole and the door to close. A strike plate is mounted on the door jamb for the spring loaded ball will set in to hold the door shut. You can simply pull or tug on the door to release the catch. Generally you will use a dummy function door know for these types of doors, because all that is needed is a mounted door knob on the front of the door to pull the door open. This style of closet door is becoming more common than the bifold style closet doors that fold up when opening. I have pinched my fingers too many times to count in that style.

Back to the Deltana 7/8 inch Drive in Ball Catch, this style is one of the more popular ones we sell, because it’s really affortable with a simple design.

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This has also had high reviews! You can check those out on the bottom of the page. Here are a few just to give you an idea…

“This was the perfect replacement ball catch for my closet doors….installed easily and works great. Your site is excellent and I will order again.” – Chase Burritt from Ft. Pierce, FL. on 11/21/2012

“Pictures and descriptions of the hardware purchased was completely accurate. Items were excellent quality and arrived in good condition. The time from purchase to delivery was well within reason. Very satisfied and will order again.” – Russell Schulz from Chattanooga, Tennessee. on 11/15/2012

“Item works well. Easy to install. should be good for the next ten or so years.” – William Hess from Monterey, TN. on 5/14/2013

 

Eagle Multi Point Patio Door Trim Replacements

Multi Point locks or Patio door locks are really nice. They provide a little more security than a regular lock. Multi point means that is has different points where a bolt (similar to a deadbolt) will lock the door in place. For example there is always one in the regular spot on the side edge of the door, one can be coming out of the very top of the door and one at the bottom. Talk about security. Multi point locks also function super well and they are great as far as style goes as well.

If you are looking for replacement trims for Eagle multi point or patio door locks, you have come to the right place. I say replacement trims because we don’t carry the mechanism for any multi point door, only the exterior trims of the plate and levers. Those usually come with your door manufacturer. So if you are looking for the mechanism it would be best to contact Eagle directly. We carry the fun part… the stylish trims! Emtek offers many stylish trims for your Eagle doors. If you check out MultiPoint Lock Trims section under Emtek it will take you to a page of configurations. These configurations are very important to match to your existing mechanism that is already in your door. We have made a list of door manufacturers under each configuration to better help you find which trims may match your existing door(s). You should see that Eagle is under Configuration 2. And that configuration looks like this:

Configuration2Please make sure before you order that it matches up to yours. We do not guarantee that all of them will match, so it’s best to make sure before you place your order. After you find that it does match you can choose from many back plates, and then from many levers and finishes. There are a lot of styles to help make it fit your own unique, modern, rustic or whatever other style you may have. Please call us if you need help! Otherwise, happy mix and matching!

Types of Handlesets

Handlesets or Entry door sets are a great way to dress up your front door. Not only are there many many designs and finishes to choose from, but there are also several types of handlesets that you can have your pick from as well. All can be nicely categorized on our site if you wish to make things a little more smooth going.

There are 3 different designs to choose from such as the two piece (or sectional), the one piece (or Monolithic), or full plate (or full length).

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But before you choose one of the 3 designs, you get to choose the type!

double_sidedDouble sided handlesets or also known as a grip by grip handleset, as shown in the picture above have, are a handleset that comes with the grip on both the outside and the inside of the door. This style isn’t as common as the rest, but they sure do look nice.

two_pointTwo point locks are great for those of you who want a little more security. They provide two locking points, the deadbolt and the handle each have a lock or keyed cylinder, just for that added or extra security.

emergency_egressEmergency Egress or Interconnect handlesets are super convenient and some places may require these types. It works like this,

InterconnectWhen you press down on the lever from the inside, the deadbolt and lever latch automatically unlock, it opens the door in one single action. This makes an easy exit in case of emergency.

mortise_lockMortise Lock Handlesets are just a little bit different than all your other standard handlesets. If you notice the pictures it looks a little bit different on the side of the door, as it has a big plate, which is a box that slides in the door. These are require special prepping, so make sure your door is prepped correctly.

And finally check out the Keyless Handlesets which provide a super easy way to unlock and lock the door. No keys required!