What You Need To Know About Door Thickness:

What exactly do you need to know about door thickness when ordering hardware? Well, most doors are prepped standard. That’s a start. The standard door thickness is anywhere from 1 3/4″ to 2″ thick. Most door hardware that you order or buy will adjust anywhere in between those measurements, maybe even a little bit more. Don’t be fooled by assuming your door is in fact standard. Although most doors are standard, it’s always a good idea to measure your door before you order your hardware. You never know, you door could end up being three inches thick! Most manufactures will send a little extension kit by request if the door is a little bigger than the maximum specified thickness, but more likely than not the extension kits won’t go thicker than a little over two inches or smaller than 1 3/4″.

What are you going to do if it’s bigger or even smaller? We have a solution! There is a manufacture called Emtek and the hardware they offer can fit doors up to three inches thick. It is really simple to order too! The option to specify door thickness is right on the page. It is pretty often that we hear of people who need a handleset or a deadbolt etc. for a thicker door so like I said before, make sure and measure your door before you order your hardware if you aren’t sure already. There has been a time or two where the door is just a little bit smaller than 1-3/4″, and we may be able to help that issue too. They call them trim rings or extension collars, which are made to work for 1-3/8″ thick doors. It is mostly keyless locks and deadbolts that offer these collars.

If you have a door that’s not standard, don’t fret… We will do the best we possibly can to find hardware to fit your door.

 Please contact our staff if you have any questions.

Weslock Non-Cylindered Deadbolt

This Weslock Non-Cylinder Deadbolt is a little different from the single sided deadbolts, because unlike this Weslock non-cylinder, the single sided have to have special door prep, as they don’t have the blank plate on the outside like this one shows. Unless, you order the deadbolt with “no plate”, which is an option when ordering. This will become just like the single sided deadbolts and require the bore hole for the deadbolt to be drilled only partially through the door so from the outside it will appear as if there was no deadbolt. The Weslock Non-Cylinder with the outside plate can be used with the standard door prep (2-1/8″ bore hole and 1″ cross bore) and it will fit doors 1-3/8″ – 2″ thick (optional up to 2-1/4″). It works just like a regular deadbolt pretty much, other than it has a blank side… So it actually it really only works like the inside of a regular single cylinder or double cylinder deadbolt. This may not be the best first choice for an exterior door, because it has no way to lock from the outside. For exterior doors you would first choose a style with a keyed exterior (single cylinder or double cylinder) like this one…

Although, you could prep an additional hole if you really wanted for extra security. The Weslock Non-Cylinder Deadbolt would also work great for a bathroom or bedroom door, as long as you don’t have little children that could lock themselves inside. Maybe you have two separate rooms that share a door like some of the hotels I have seen, and with this non-cylinder deadbolt it will still allow you to have privacy. There are many places you could use this Weslock Non-Cylinder Deadbolt, the sky is truly the limit. And if you are not a fan of the Polished Brass finish, this deadbolt is also available in Satin Chrome and Antique Brass.

 

Passage vs Entrance on Exterior Doors

Passage Function: Door knob/lever on both sides of the door do not lock.

Entrance Function: Requires a key to lock/unlock the outside of the door knob/lever and a turn/push button to lock/unlock on the inside.

Now that you know the definition of the functions of passage and entrance, we can find out which one will work best for you.

Most of the time we suggest ordering the entrance if its for an exterior door along with a deadbolt, mainly because it’s better security. You have 2 locking mechanisms on one door, which makes it twice as hard for an intruder. Some people think this is an absolute must. Others may not and just want the entrance function alone, which totally works too, but not as secure. The down side with wanting to order a keyed knob/lever is that you may not have as many options, as some of the styles don’t offer a keyed entrance function. Like this very popular Sure Loc Juneau Lever…

Don’t worry, if you aren’t too picky we can work around this issue. You can order a passage lever/knob (like the Juneau) along with a matching deadbolt to put above so you have at least some way to lock the door. It may not be quite as secure, but the deadbolts are really sturdy which can still give you plenty of security. If you want another good way to look at the passage function with deadbolt option… You can’t lock yourself out! Unlike the entrance function where you can simply turn the lock from the inside, shut the door and forgot your keys… The passage has no lock and the deadbolts require a key to lock from the outside, so you can’t lock yourself out even if you tried.

Whether you go with the entrance function or passage function you will have security and style. What you choose is up to you.

 

You can also find more options for an exterior door on this post.

 

 

What Types of Door Stops Are There?

There are many little miscellaneous items that are easily forgotten or go unnoticed, but equally important to make your house run smoothly. It’s easy to forget the small things when ordering like door stops! But these little buggers are important. I have a mark in the wall to prove it. I have even seen holes in the walls because there were no door stops. Is it cheaper to buy a simple door stop or to replace the wall? And believe it or not, there are quite a lot of styles to choose from:

THE BASIC AND MOST COMMON STOPS:

The most common door stops are the spring or solid stops. They are also the most affordable. Lets face it, when you have many doors the cost easily adds up. These types are mounted on the base boards on the wall where the door would swing open and touch.

FLOOR MOUNTED STOPS:

Floor mounted stops are mounted on the ceiling. Just kidding, they are obviously mounted on the floor. The styles to choose from are endless and also very stylish. Some are magnetic, where you can attach the small magnetic piece to the door so it stays propped open. How handy!

WALL MOUNTED STOPS:

The wall mounted stops are probably just as obvious to guess where mounted as the floor mount stops. I hope anyway, but if you couldn’t figure it out… it’s the wall. I have a wall mounted door stop on one of my walls that was put there by someone before us and we haven’t quite figure out what the purpose is. There isn’t a door anywhere close! So maybe make sure you put these in a spot where a door actually hits. And just like all the other door stops, there are different styles to choose from. I like the one with the hook that attaches to your door so you can hold the door open. Again, so handy!

HINGE PIN DOOR STOP:

This style attaches to your hinge and are easily unnoticed. But be careful when ordering these, because some require using the same brand of hinge or it wont work and you may be using it as a paper weight. You may also have to order some extra pieces like extended button tips so they are attached properly.

Now that we got the basic types down, go and check out more of the styles of door stops you can choose from!

What Styles of Handlesets There Are:

We kind of went over the basic types of handlesets there are in this post, but we can even break it down a little bit more. So as you already know, there are the basic single/double cylinder handlesets, double sided, two point locks, interconnected locks and mortise, but we didn’t mention sectional, full length or monolithic. It’s basically just the style of the handleset. They all work the same pretty much.

Sectional:

 

 

A sectional handleset is where the backplate of the deadbolt and thumb latch/handle are separated. These handlesets are good for doors that are not prepped the standard 5 1/2″ cc bore (check out this post for more info on door prep) Some bore holes (holes in the door where the deadbolt and door handles go) are further away, and the sectional handlesets help with that problem, because the deadbolt and handle can be separated, where the monolithic or full length can not.

 

 

Monolithic:

 

 

Monolithic has a full plate between the deadbolt and thumb latch. And unlike the sectional, You will have to do a few more measurements before you order. You will have to make sure that the CC prep (the measurement from the center of the deadbolt hole to the center of the hole where the handle goes, or center to center, standard is usually 5 1/2″) is right on, or it may not fit. It’s rare that this is a problem, most doors are prepped standard. It’s better to be safe than sorry though.

 

 

 

Full Length:

 

 

Full length goes hand in hand with monolithic, other than it has a full backplate all the way from the deadbolt to the bottom of the handle. Usually standard door prep just like the monolithic, but may be a little more spendy. I personally like this look best.

 

 

 

 

Never short on choices when choosing a handleset.

The pictures shown are from Emtek, but you can check out all the styles here.

What is a Non-Removable Pin Hinge?

I have found that there are a lot of people that don’t realize how many different kinds of hinges there are. You can’t just walk into a hardware store and and ask the first guy you see, “Get me some hinges.” He might look at you funny, because he’s waiting for you to tell him what kind. Then he will ramble off the sizes and all the different types like round corner, square corner, round and square corner, residential, commercial, non removable pin… bla bla bla… Now you are looking at him funny. I know what you are thinking, it’s a lot to take in all at once, but before you go rip you hair out, let me explain how it can be quite simple. Before you even think about where you are going to make your purchase for replacing some of your door hinges, go over these 4 steps. Now moving on to determine if you need non-removable pins for your hinges…

What is a Non-Removable Pin Hinge?

There are removable and non-removable pin hinges. Removable hinges are most common. Non-removable pin hinges are used on exterior or locking doors where the hinges are visible on the outside. Normally you wouldn’t need a non-removable pin hinge. The reason is because most hinges are on the inside of the locking doors, but that’s not always the case. When your door is closed you will be able to see the hinges protruding on one side (normally the inside) of the door. If you were to install regular hinges with removable pins on the outside of a locking door, let’s just say it’s your front door for instance, an intruder would be able to tap out the pins and the door would open right up. This is where the non-removable pins come in and save the day. They keep the door secure, and you worry free. So, all you need to do is check and see if the exterior, locking, or door you need secure has visible hinges on the outside, if it does you will want to order non-removable pin hinges.

Lot’s of the hinges on our site are available with non-removable pins, just check in the description or contact us.

 

EGS ORIGINAL Adjustable Door Hinges

The EGS ORIGINAL Adjustable Door Hinges take care of a lot of problems you may be having with your door sticking or when your door is hard to open and close. Some of the reasons your door is sticking may be:

  • Settling of your home
  • Foundation concerns
  • Too many layers of paint
  • New flooring installation
  • Expansive soil conditions
  • Poor craftsmanship
  • Moisture
  • Humidity

You may have fixed or have been planning to fix the problem, but it could happen again! But not anymore with the Original Adjustable Hinge…

With the EGS ORIGINAL Adjustable Door Hinges, you don’t need to spend hours and hours having to take down your door and measure, plane, cut, sand, re-finish and re-hang! BLECK! You can forget all of those problems, just by installing these hinges and a few turns with a wrench or pliers. It can be adjusted up or down 1/4″ in either direction, or 3/16″ side to side. These hinges are sold in a set of 3.

Click Here For a Video on How it Works!

There are several different styles and sizes to choose from. Check out the 4″ or 3.5″ sizes, square corner, round corner or square and round corner, and there are also several finishes to choose from.

Even check out how to install the EGS ORIGINAL Adjustable door hinges by clicking here!

Problem solved. Fantastic!

What Kind of Bath Hardware is There?

When you are building a house or maybe even remodeling, I am sure you will probably buy all new hardware. Nice, shiny and new hardware. Let’s say it’s the bathroom hardware you  decided to start with. What kind or hardware do you need for that? If it’s a bathroom you are remodeling, it might be easier because you simply replace the hardware that was already there. But what if you are staring at the blank walls and have not a clue of what type of hardware is even offered now. Let’s go over the different styles of bath hardware shall we?

For starters we have the tissue paper holders and there are 2 different styles. Basic and Euro style. As you can see…

Basic Style

Euro Style

We can move on to the Towel Ring, for holding up your hand towels.

Also the Robe Hook, for your robe, or these can also work well for holding up towels. Available with a single hook or double.

Then finally we have the Towel Bars. Generally, there is about 3 different sizes, 18″, 24″ or the 30″. So, you will want to measure your wall for sure before you order. Also, you can order the basic single bar, or there are the fancy double towel bars available.

There you have it, you can order what you need by just choosing a style or series that you like (under Bath Hardware) and all the different types of hardware like, towel rings and towel bars etc… Will all be right there.

What Hardware is Needed for an Exterior Front Door?

Well, we went over what is needed for closet doors. Let’s move on to what hardware you may need to order for your front exterior door(s). There are a couple different styles of exterior doors like, regular single front door, double doors, and this could also include your back door, side door or maybe even your door that leads to your garage if you have one.

Single Front Door

red front door

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Let’s say you have a regular single entry door, what do you need to order? For starters I think I would start with a handleset.

Single cylinder handlesets (like shown above) are most common. A single cylinder means that it has the key on the outside and a thumb turn on the inside. You could also order a double cylinder handleset which means it uses a key on the outside as well as on the inside.

Generally the double cylinders are used on doors that are part glass, an intruder won’t be able to unlock the door without a key. It is not recommended on most doors because it in

If you don’t really want the deadbolt and handle combo like the handlesets offer, you can simply order a deadbolt and a keyed entrance door knob/lever handle.

creases the danger of a person trying to get out in case of emergency.

Keyless Locks and Sideplate Locks are also something you could choose from.

Double Front Door

Mahogany front doors

Double doors are a tiny bit more complicated. You just kind of have to know what you want it to look like. Most people go with the handlesets on both doors. In order to do this you will need either a single cylinder handleset or a double cylinder handleset like we talked about above already. Then you will also need a dummy handleset, which is simply a stationary handleset that is mounted to the door. It will have an inside and an outside just like the active handlesets have, but it won’t move at all. With double doors, you have an active door and a stationary door (aka dummy door) which can open by a bolt at the top and bottom of the door and lock into place in the door jam. These bolts are called either flush bolts or surface bolts. Normally, you need a total of two.

Like I said before, it depends on what you want it to look like, if you only want to order the active handleset and leave the stationary door blank, go ahead and do that, but you will still need the flush or surface bolts. Just like the single door,  if you don’t like the handleset idea, you can order a deadbolt and door knob/lever handle for the active door and or include a dummy door knob/lever handle for the stationary door. Many options to choose from.

You can also check out the Keyless Locks or Sideplate Locks for the double doors.

Back Door/Door Leading to Garage

back door

Alright, so for the back door or misc. door, It would be just a simple keyed entrance function door knob/lever handle and single cylinder deadbolt. I believe most doors will have a deadbolt, although I have seen some without.

Don’t forget your hinges!

Misc. Hardware You Can Also Include:

What Hardware is Needed for Closet Doors?

 

Alright, let’s make this quick and painless. It sounds like giant job to order all the hardware for your new home right? Well, why not make it fun and easy? It can be really fun to pick choose from all the styles and designs of hardware out there. Enjoy that! But sometimes it can be such and overwhelming task, like knowing exactly what you need for this or that and trying to remember what you need here or there. Baby steps, lets just take baby steps. Lets start with the closets. There are different kinds of closet doors, like double closet doors, sliding closet doors, pocket doors, or just your regular coat closet door.

Double Closet Doors

Double closet doors are the ones side by side that open out towards you. With this style of closet, it’s usually just pulled open, and there is not turning door know involved. That’s where dummy door knobs come in. I am sure you probably head of them, but if you haven’t dummy door knobs are simply surface mounted door knobs that are stationary. They do not move, which makes them more like pulls. Some dummy door knobs are sold as single dummies, which only include one knob for one side of the door, or there are double dummies which include 2 dummy knobs for each side of the door or you could also use the double dummy door knobs for your double closet and just mount both on the front sides of each door and they would be blank on the inside. That’s your choice, if you would like to have door knobs on the inside as well, order another set. You will also most likely need something to hold your closet doors in place when shut, like ball catches. Ball catches are mounted on the top of the door recessed in a hole drilled on the top surface. A strike plate is mounted on the door jamb above where the spring loaded ball will catch and hold the door in place. A simple tug will release the catch.

What to order:

  • Find the door knobs/levers that you like and under function you can order the double dummy or the single dummy. These will come with the mounting screws.
  • Maybe a door stop or 2, depending on where your doors open. The most popular are probably these or these.

Sliding Doors/Pocket Doors

Sliding and Pocket doors both slide on that mechanism on the top of the door jam. This mechanism we don’t have available on our site. We do however have the rest of the hardware you will need. The flush pulls is what you will want for the sliding doors. Flush pulls are pulls that are flush with the door, these will not protrude from the door. Makes it easy to slide the double sliding doors without them hitting each other. It’s just a matter of choosing the style. For pocket doors, I would recommend the actual pocket door hardware, because these are made so when the door is all the way in the wall, there is a little handle on the side so you are able to pull it out again. If this is for a closet door, I would go with the passage pocket door hardware, rather than the privacy (privacy locking, generally used on bathroom doors to lock for privacy.).

What to order:

Bi-Fold Doors

Bi-fold doors are similar to the sliding and pocket doors, all have that sliding mechanism. The difference is that the Bifold doors kind of fold up and its easy to pinch a finger. These actually have their own little door pulls called Bi-Fold Door Pulls, hey what do you know?

What to order:

Single Closet Door

Okay, I think we made it to the last stretch of the closet styles! Single closet doors you may see right when you walk in to your house, you know… the coat closet? These types of closets are so common they could be all over the house. You just need to determine if you would like it to be an actual turning door knob type closet (aka passage door), or the kind you need to order a ball catch like the double closet doors. So once you figured that out…

What to order:

  • For a passage closet door – 1 Passage door knob
  • For a pull closet door – 1 Dummy door knob, 1 ball catch.
  • Maybe 1 door stop, again, depending on where your door opens.

Don’t forget your hinges!

Now your closets are covered! Mark that off your list. Check!