Determining door handing.

Determining your door handing can be confusing as there many different methods of determining which handing you need. There are a few basic rules that if followed will help you order the correct handing for the door hardware you need to order.

How to determine the handing or swing of your door:
Stand in the doorway with you back to the hinge side. If the door swings to your left, it is a left hand swinging door. If it swings to your right it is a right hand door. This applies except under the following circumstances.

– If your door swings out, but you need it locking on the inside, you’ll want to order the opposite handing than it generally would be. For example. You have a bathroom door that swings out. Using the above method, you stand in the doorway and the door swings out to your right. Generally you would order a?RH lever, but since you want the lock button to be on the inside of the bathroom, you’ll need to order a left handed lever for that application.

More info about door handing here:
http://www.directdoorhardware.com/door_handing.htm

We all make mistakes.

We recently added a whole bunch of new Weslock items. They have expanded their line quite a bit to include new styles and new finishes. Many of the pages with?new deadbolts and handlesets had errors so none of the items could be purchased – which kind of defeats the purpose of having them on the site. So to all of you who tried to add them to your cart and got frustrated because it wasn’t working, we apologize. We have fixed the error and have moved on to new things. Please let us know if you experience problems with anything else on Direct door hardware.

Magnetic mount kickplates

I forgot to mention that we also now have magnetic mount kickplates available in a variety of finishes. Most kick plates mount to doors with matching screws. The magnetic mount kickplates are great for metal doors as they are held in place with magnetic strips placed across the back of the kickplate. A great solution if it just makes you nervous to drill holes in your pricey metal door.

New! Weslock door hardware just added.

Weslock has come out with some great new products and nearly doubled their door hardware product line. Be sure to check out the new doorknobs, lever handles and handlesets now available with stylish backplates, new styles and their new molten bronze line. I just recently installed the Wilshire handelset on my new home and have been quite impressed with the quality and feel for the price. It’s really a great deal and I love their new rust and sandstone finishes.

Anyway, be sure to check them out. They will be a great addition to our site. Now we look forward to new products from Sure-Loc Door Knobs and Door Hardware that will be out soon!

Replacing door hinges.

We get a lot of questions about how to replace door hinges and how to determine which kind of hinges to purchase. So here is a little help:

We have three different types of hinges; square corner, 5/8? radius and 1/4? radius. The difference between them is just the radius of the corner. There are various other types out there, but these are the most popular types of door hinges. We also have them available in 3.5? and 4? heights. To determine the type of door hinge you need, measure the height of the hinge first. You can easily tell if they are square cornered hinges. If they are rounded, here is a simple trick to help you determine if they are 5/8? radius or 1/4? radius. Just place a dime up in the corner of the hinge. If the radius is a close match to the dime, you’ll need 1/4? round hinges to replace them. If the radius is more like a quarter in size, you’ll need the 5/8? round corners.

Door hinges are often overlooked by a lot of people when remodeling or building a new home. Recently, while at a family members home, I asked them if they had thought about replacing their door hinges to match the knobs that they had. They looked at me kind of odd and said something like?’does it matter if they match?’

‘Well, I guess that depends on who you talk to. I think it looks better if the hinges match the doorknobs throughout the house so I changed mine out.’

After thinking for a minute my brother in law says ‘you know, I never really thought about it before but I’ll bet thats why your house looks as good as it does because all of the little things like matching door hardware that makes everything flow together so well.’

I think it actually has a lot to do with my wife’s decorating sense and artistic talent, but door hinges and doorknobs that match can definately make a difference in how the home looks. In fact, we get a lot of customers that replace their old door hinges?and Door Knobs for matching finishes. And we even sell to a lot of interior designers and home builders who like buying from us because we have a wide variety of matching hardware.

Oh, one more quick tip about replacing door hinges in your home. If you leave the door on the jamb and remove just the middle hinge and replace it first. You can then do the other two hinges one at a time and never have to remove the door – one of the hardest parts as doors can be heavy and akward.

Life changes quickly.

Well, It has been quite a while since I have posted anything on our hardware blog here. I apologize to any readers who thought I might have dropped off the earth. I’m still here, just had some recent life changing events that have?caused?me to be?a little short on time to post on my blog.

My wife and I just moved into a new home in March, just around the corner from our last one. We just wanted a little larger lot for swingsets and play things for the kids, so we decided to make the move. Unfortunately, just as we were finishing the home, our little 4 yr old girl was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocitic Leukemia. We immediately had to get her started on the chemotherapy treatments which are weekly and she has been on different cocktails of drugs to fight the disease. It has been a life changing experience for us. You don’t really realize how much something like this can effect your life until it actually happens. Fortunately, we have had tremendous support from our friends, neighbors and family members who jump at the chance to help us in any way they can. We are very grateful for that.

Anyway, I handle a lot of the customer service here and?I have done my best to stay on top of things; but I know there have been a couple customers whose requests or special needs have fallen through the cracks. I apologize for the inconvenience. I think we have everyone taken care of now and we’re back on track. Business has been good and we appreciate all of our new, past and continued customers who have made it possible for Direct door hardware to expand into new products and better services. We look forward to a great year in 2005 and thank you for your business.

Here is my little buddy, out fishing with the family last year.

Chloe Mae