Door Hardware Shipping Costs

One of the most frustrating things about selling doorknobs online is the shipping costs. Hardware is heavy. Especially when you order enough for an entire home and you have included door hinges on your order. Sometimes we get comments from customers who think our costs are too much. The funny thing is, it’s always the people that are ordering just a few items and the shipping cost is $6-7 that are complaining. If they would check around with other websites even in other industries $6 or $7 is not expensive.

Beleive me, if we could lower the cost of shipping we would. Even after?Hurricane Katrina?we did not raise our ground shipping rates when the shipping service providers did. Gas prices were high and it was hard on everyone. I think sometimes?people just forget what it is they are ordering. We’re not shipping a T-shirt that can be thrown in an envelope and shipped USPS for just a few dollars. doorknobs are heavy and can get damaged if they are not packed properly. As a result, shipping costs just aren’t as low as they might be if it were another product.

Nevertheless, it is still cheaper and much easier to order you door hardware online. Why? If you go to your local hardware stores, they don’t stock much at all. Of course they will stock the most popular and common items, but it is often difficult to get hardware for your entire home all at once and get them keyed alike.?So if you have to order the product anyway, you may as well do it from the comfort of your own home and have it shipped right to your door. I recently ordered a product from a local store that they generally had on the shelf, but at this particular time they did not. Since they didn’t have it in stock, it was a special order so I had to pay full price plus their shipping cost to get it there.

To me the convenience of the internet (especially in the housing industry I think) outweighs the cost of shipping. I recently built a home and bought flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and of course my doorknobs online because I could find what I wanted much easier and most of it was?less expensive?- even after paying shipping costs. And since I hate shopping (typical guy) it made more sense to me.

My advice to save on shipping? Do your homework before you order so that you know exactly what you need and you can order it all at once. On large orders we often pay 2-3 times what we actually charge for shipping, but we figure if you are ordering that much from us we’ll help cover some of the shipping costs. Just like the entire home building or remodeling process, if you plan ahead and do your homework you’ll save money.

Vintage Door Hardware

Now of course I will be a little biased about this, but I just had to say something about the Nostalgic Warehouse line of doorknobs that we carry.?

My brother recently purchased a home that was built quite some time ago and all the doors have the old school type of mortise locks on them. You know, the kind with the generic skeleton key that usually gets left in the door all the time – or lost so you can;t lock them. I’m not sure why, but?a couple?of his doors have a crystal knob, one door has a porcelain knob, one black porcelain and one made of brass. And not all of them have the same backplate either. I don’t know if the guy that originally built the house 70 yrs ago worked for a company that sold doorknobs and he used some returns or leftovers, or maybe his wife just couldn’t make up her mind so he got one of each.?

Anyway, all of the doorknobs were quite worn and sloshy in the mortise box so we ordered some New York knobs with the New York backplate. They have a simple rectangular backplate and squashed round knob that just looks clean and simple. I planned on helping him install them, but after receiving them he was a little anxious to get them on the door and see how they look, so he did. Some of his doors are stained, while others he painted chocolate brown. The new satin nickel doorknobs look really clean and sharp on both the painted and stained doors.

He did have to do a little bit of chiseling to get the new box in place, But he said they went in very easily. Now the?knobs have a nice solid feel on the door again and the latch is nice and tight. I have a similar knob here in our office that I installed on a modern door using the standard tubular latch (like most every other brand of door hardware comes with) and I was impressed with?the quality.?After seeing how much better his new doorknobs are in comparison to his old knobs, I think everyone that has an old home should replace their doorknobs with these Nostalgic Warehouse knobs or something like them.?The nice thing is, he still has the vintage door hardware look, but they are brand new. I wish I would have replaced the old hardware in my first home that was built in 1907, none of our doors would stay shut because the knobsets were so worn. But we were young, poor and didn’t know that there was a new product available to replace our spent hardware.

Now my brother just has to get the doors to shut better in the jamb. They have been painted so many times, they just don’t close as smoothly anymore. If any of you reading this have owned an old home like this you know what I mean. Our first home had so many coats of paint on the moulding and handrail that a quart of paint remover would only clean up about 1 square foot of surface. We had to resort to other methods. Restoring an old home is a lot of work, but so many old homes have so much character and architectural appeal that it is worth the restoration process – in my opinion. Its just not fun to live in it during the restoration sometimes.

Which handle set should you get?

There is some confusion from time to time with which handleset to order in different applications. To help clarify a bit we have recently posted some information on our Handle sets page, but I figured we may as well post it here as well so it is easier found. Here are three basic circumstances with information on which handleset to get for each:

Single Door Entry: Usually if you have just one door, you’ll want a handleset with a single cylinder deadbolt. The deadbolt will lock with a key on the outside, and lock or unlock with a thumb turn on the inside. If you have a glass front door, you’ll want to consider the double cylinder deadbolt handleset as described below.

Glass Entry Door: It is not uncommon for a home to have a full or even half glass front door. In this case, a lot of people prefer to install a double cylinder deadbolt. A double cylinder deadbolt is keyed on both sides. So rather than have a thumb turn on the inside, it has a keyhole like the outside does. The reason people like these is that if a burglar were to break the glass, he still would not be able to unlock the door. Keep in mind that this is not always recommended as you would not be able to get out of the home quickly in the event of a fire as you would have to find the key to unlock the door. These should only be used where there is another escape route easily accessible.

Double Door Entry: If you have a double front door where one side is generally inactive while the other is always active, you will need a combination of two Handle sets. For the active side, you’ll need a handleset with a single cylinder deadbolt. Usually, the active side will clase and latch to the inactive side and the deadbolt is latched into the inactive door edge. For the inactive door, you’ll want to order a dummy handleset. This gives you the look of a complete working set, but doesn’t have all of the mechanisms – perfect for an inactive door.

Another thing to consider if you are replacing an older handlset. You may want to measure from center to center on the bore hold for the knob and bore hole for the deadbolt. The bore holes are the larger 2 1/8? holes bored into the surface of the door where the guts of your knobs or deadbolts slide into. The measurement on most doors is around 5 1/2? from center to center. This will accomodate most handlesets. The other measurement you’l want to check is the center of the lower bore hole to the center of the very bottom [small] hole where the handleset attaches to the door. You may be able to find a handleset that matches the measurement. If not, here are a couple of tips to help it look good anyway. If you have a metal door, a little bit of bondo will do the trick. Bondo is an autobody repair putty that hardens and can be sanded smooth. If used properly, you can paint over and you;d never know the old hole was there. If you have a wood door, try and find a wood putty that is the same color as the wood and patch the hole. Some handlesets will cover the older hole on the exterior of the door so it is not a big deal. In this case, I have heard of people filling the old hole with a dowel, then finding a decorative screw and washer and screwing it into the dowel, so it looks like it was supped to be there. You can make the call there on which you would prefer.

Upgrading your Handle set is an easy way to improve the first impression guests have of your home. Rather than having just a regular doorknob and deadbolt on your front door, give your front door the elegance of a quality handleset. Handle sets are also available with many different trim options on the interior. For example, if you are ordering an entire house worth of egg shapped doorknobs, you can get your entrance Handle set with an egg shaped Door Knob on the interior to match your other doors. This provides continuity throughout the home, while setting your entry door apart from the rest. Handle sets generally do not lock on the handle part, but do come with a deadbolt to secure the door. We can key your entry set alike the rest of your doorknobs if you order the same brand. Handlesets are available with single cylinder or double cylinder deadbolts, or as a dummy set as mentioned above.
Hopefully this helps clarify things a little and makes it easier to order the right thing the first time.

Keeping door knobs clean, a preventative measure against the flu.

As my little girls and I were doing a little house cleaning the other day I was reminded of something that none of us probably do enough. Clean our doorknobs.

This is something that I have been more concerned about this year than I ever have before. My wife and I have a little 4 year old that was diagnosed with leukemia last March. Leukemia is an attack on the blood cells in the body that fight off germs and viruses. Catching the flu can be quite dangerous for someone fighting leukemia so we have to be cautious where she goes and who she is with when her blood counts are low. Unfortunatley, the chemotherapy that is supposed to fix the problem, causes blood counts to drop making it easier for her to catch something.

So everyday we use our doorknobs throughout our house, some guests drop by who may or may not have been sick, some people forget to wash their hands after using the restroom, sometimes your hands are dirty and you have to open the door, and so on. If you think about it, doorknobs can really get dirty and covered with germs. Not really a good situation for anyone, let alone someone with a compromised immune system.

Anyway, every time I think about it I am tempted to go grab the Lysol or some kind of disinfecting chemical to do the job. And honestly, I care about my daughter?a heck?of a lot more than the finish on my Door Knob, so I have used a chemicals anyway from time to time.?The best way to clean your doorknobs, cabinet hardware or any bathroom accessories is to use a mild soap and water. Which, if used often, will keep your knobs clean and looking great.

Most manufacturers of door hardware will not cover finish warranty issues if the knobs have been cleaned with chemicals as the chemicals will damage a lot of the finishes. In fact, we have had a couple of warranty requests in the past for knobs which have suddenly had the finish flake. The first question we are asked by the manufacturer is whether or not our customer used chemicals to clean the knobs.

Dynasty bath accessories.

Just recently we have added a great new line of Dynasty bathroom hardware. Be sure to check out these new solid forged brass towel bars, towel rings, robe hooks and even soap dish and toothbrush holders in some styles. Dynasty features modern towel bars, rings and paper holders as well as a Victorian Bath Accessories collection with White porcelain accents. Dynasty also offer door hardware products which we will be adding to our website in the near future.

To take a look at this new line of bathroom hardware click the following link:

Dynasty bathroom accessories