What Are the Different Types of Privacy Locks?

Privacy often gets confused with entrance locks. The difference is that an entrance is used on an exterior door and it uses a key to unlock or lock the door from the outside. A privacy is used on a bathroom or bedroom door and can easily be unlocked from the outside by a generic tool, like a bobby/hair pin, small flat head screw driver if necessary. Privacy locks can have a turn button, a privacy pin, or choose a privacy bolt as an option as well.

Turn Button Privacy Lock

The privacy locks with a turn button are the most common especially by brands that are more affordable and that most of us have in our own home. To lock and unlock, all you have to do is simply turn the button (that you can see in the picture above on the left) and it will lock the door knob in place. If for some reason you need to get inside the door and it is locked, you can use a generic tool in the hole on the exterior like I talked about earlier.

For this Type of Privacy Lock, Choose: Schlage, Weiser, Kwikset, Sure-Loc

Privacy Push Pin/Button Lock

Push pin or button privacy locks have a push pin/button on the rosette of the door knob or lever. To lock, just push the pin or button in and it will lock it in place. These types of privacy locks have what they call a panic release which means that to unlock the lock all you have to do is turn the lever or knob from the inside and it will release the pin or button and unlock the door. Great and simple feature for convenience, and also nice in case of emergency. Just like the other privacy locks, this can be unlocked from the outside with a generic tool.

For this Type of Privacy Lock, Choose: Weslock, Nostalgic Warehouse, Emtek, Grandeur, Omnia, Baldwin

Privacy Bolt with Lever/Knob

This one is kind of a newer and more unique style of privacy lock. Using this privacy bolt (by Linnea) and a knob/lever is similar to using a deadbolt but doesn’t require a key from the outside. To unlock from the outside in case of emergency use anything that can fit in that little slot (you can see in the picture above on the right) like, a penny or a flat head screw driver or maybe even a finger nail.

For this combination, search for privacy bolt, then find a lever or knob style you like in a passage function.

Designer Flush Pulls for Sliding Doors

I think most of us know what sliding doors are – they were super common for closet door and still are I suppose. The sliding doors that I remember growing up were on all of our closet doors, there were two doors side by side and one door would slide on a track behind the other. I can’t tell you how many times I shut my finger(s) between the wall and door frame when trying to close those buggers. It’s common to have flush pulls on these types of doors, because you need them to slide behind each other without anything in the way. I remember the flush pulls that were on those doors too, really well. So. Tiny. They were super shallow and were just a tiny round brass color circle that fit 1 or maybe 2 small fingers. And when the sliding track wasn’t greased, it was pretty tough trying to slide that door with one finger. I think we eventually gave up on the flush pull and pried our little fingers between the cracks and just slid the doors with out pulls.

It’s crazy how many flush pulls there are out there to choose from now. It would have been nice on those doors, even though we managed to get by with out. I doubt I would have shut my finger(s) in the door and jam as often, if at all. You don’t have to stick with the norm anymore. Nice big flush pulls with room enough to grip and comfortably. And the great looking endless designs to choose from. Square, round, rectangle, big small, and all kinds of finishes. Check out Linnea’s Design flush pulls, it is a great place to start your search for extraordinary flush pulls.

Here is a flush pull to show just for kicks from Linnea and one of my favorites. Called the RPR-90

It’s round and has a nice place to grip the door when you need to in a stylish sort of way.

Schlage B250 Gatelatch

The Schlage single cylinder B250 gatelatch or nightlatch is basically a deadbolt that latches behind you when you leave. You can see the difference between a regular deadbolt latch and the B250 gatelatch in the picture below,

The B250 latch is kind of like an entrance lever or door knob latch, where you can close the door (or gate) behind you and there is no need to turn a knob for it to latch. Compare it to a regular deadbolt latch, where you have to manually turn the inside thumb turn or outside key to bolt the door shut. Don’t try and shut the door when that deadbolt latch is engaged, or you might end up with a dent in your door jam.

The main purpose of the B250 deadbolt is to use it on a gate (hence the name gatelatch) for condos or apartment buildings where it is necessary to keep the door locked after exiting. Maybe for like a pool or maybe a utility room. This way there is no need to require occupants to have a key to exit, there is a turn piece from the inside that you simply turn to exit, and the outside keyed cylinder always stays locked behind them after they exit. And this is also a great idea for emergency reasons, because you don’t want someone to have to try and find a key to exit in case of emergency like a fire for example.

The B250 gatelatch is available as a single cylinder deadbolt, which means it has a keyed cylinder only on the outside. And this deadbolt is also reversible, which means you don’t have to worry about handing when ordering. That makes ordering a lot easier. The gatelatch is also available in Satin Chrome, Oil Rubbed Bronze, or Bright Brass.


Modern Style Hinges

There are so many kinds of hinges out there. So many. So many finishes and so many designs. And don’t forget about the different sizes (from 3.5″ up to 5″) and round or square corners. The sizes depend on what type of application you will be installing them to. Bigger sizes are better for bigger and heavier doors and smaller hinges are for the regular doors you will find in most homes that are not solid. Now going back to styles of hinges, you can find pretty much you can imagine. Some can be really decorative with all kinds of designs on the hinge. Some are more plain and simple, and then there is modern, which is so popular now. But what does a modern hinge look like?

Modern we all know is a lot of clean lines and can look really simple, but all put together can make a pretty bold statement. Most hinges you will find will have a round knuckle style. The hinge shown below is a modern style with a round knuckle.

Linnea if you don’t know already has a huge selection of all kinds of modern style hardware and they came out with some great modern style hinges (found here) with square corners and square knuckles, which is not something very common for hinges.

The square knuckle style makes the hinge stand out more because it’s different and different means it is more unique and that makes things interesting. Modern can be so simple and also so sleek.

This square knuckle style hinge is available in 3.5″, 4″, and 4.5″. So depending on what type of door you are installing these will depend on the size you choose. The bigger and heavier the door, the bigger hinge you will need. Any of the square knuckle hinges are available in brushed nickel, polished chrome or oil rubbed bronze finishes.

What Types of Modern Handrail Brackets Are There?

Handrail brackets are are a pretty popular item on our site. There are several to choose from, but I wanted to go over the 3 that are modern in style and most popular. These 3 modern style handrail brackets are made by Linnea. Linnea carries stylish hardware that are made of steel, and they are also great quality.

The 3 Modern Styles to Choose From:

The Linnea HRB 10


The Linnea HRB 11

The Linnea HRB 12

The Finishes and Rosettes to Choose From:

So you can see now how stylish and modern Linnea’s handrail brackets are, right? You can choose from satin stainless or polished stainless steel finishes for any of the 3 shown above.

What about the rosettes? If you aren’t fond of one of the rosettes, let’s say for instance you don’t really care for the square rosette (like the square rosette shown with the HRB 12 above) you can choose the round rosette (like the one shown on the HRB 10 and 11) instead.

What are the Different Mounting Types?

It’s really important to choose the correct mount depending on what type of surface you are trying to mount to. There are 3 different types:

First is the Surface mount type, which is the most common type, because most stairs have a wall or something that is solid to mount the handrail to. For example, if you are trying to mount the handrail brackets to studs on a dry walled wall or wood deck posts or decorative hardwoods, then go with this style of mount.

Second is the Concrete mount type, which is pretty self explanatory. There are times where you just need to mount a handrail directly to a concrete wall and this is exactly the style of mount you will need to do so.

Last but not least is the Glass mount option. Linnea knows exactly what’s needed for anything modern and with modern you can find glass walls and such, so in comes Linnea to the rescue. This type of handrail bracket can be mounted to glass in a stylish modern way.


Before Purchasing – About Finishes and Caring for Hardware

If you haven’t already looked over the help tab on the site, you should. There are a TON of helpful hints/tips that are sure to answer some if not all of the questions you may have before you purchase the hardware on the site. Like under how to purchase door hardware, for example, is a great place to start. You will learn basic hardware terms and will be guided through all the important things to know about all kinds of hardware and parts.

You may not think learning about the finishes would be all that important, but you may be surprised while reading through:

1. Even though different brands use the same finish code or same finish name, doesn’t necessarily mean they will be an exact match.
2. Plumbing and electrical fixtures that are the same finish [name] as door hardware are not necessarily exactly the same.
3. Because of 1 and 2, it is always best to be consistent with brands as much as possible. However; most brands will be close enough that unless the items are right against one another most people will not notice the difference.

Other things to note about door hardware finishes:
> Oil rubbed bronze and antique bronze are living finishes and will change over time revealing more or the color beneath the darker brown color. The amount of change will depend on the brand that you choose.
> Polished Brass will tarnish if used outside. If you are using a polished brass finish for an exterior application, you’ll want to order the Polished Brass PVD finish which is designed for exterior use.
> Pewter is sometimes a flat finish, sometimes a antiqued nickel glossy type finish – this will vary from brand to brand.


Also check out door hardware care and maintenance:

Caring for your door hardware is simple. Just remember to clean your door hardware only with mild soap and waterThe chemicals that are used in cleaners, polishes, etc., can be harmful to the clearcoat finish that is applied to nearly ever brand of door hardware on the market. If you want your hardware finish to last for years to come… don’t use chemicals.

Hardware cleaned with chemicals is not covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.



New Finish From Emtek – White Bronze

Emtek has come out with a brand new product, White Bronze finish. This beautiful new finish is available for the sandcast bronze passage, privacy, and dummy sets, most entry sets and deadbolts.

White Bronze is a new material for Emtek. Brand new! It was released just this September 2012. “There was a great deal of excitement here when we were finally able to unveil our first White Bronze products to the world,” Emtek says, “it was a culmination of many months of hard work. While this material is new for us, we’ve worked with bronze itself for many years. It is only fitting that we have done so, because bronze has been used by humankind since 3,600 B.C (Wikipedia.com)…”

Apparently there is a whole era named after the bronze material, called The Bronze Era. The use of copper or bronze was only the most stable and therefore the most diagnostic part of a cluster of features marking the period (Wikipedia.com). This material was used in many places before arriving to America, such as ancient Egypt, Asia, and Europe. Bronze allowed for the creation of tools, weapons, armor and more. Bronze was sturdier than their stone or copper. Soldiers fought with bronze swords, Egyptian Pharaohs were paid homage with bronze statues and headpieces and many of ancient Greece’s famous sculptures were cast in bronze.

There are 2 reason’s that Bronze is still used today, says Emtek, “Durability and beauty. For all the time that has past, bronze still holds up as one of the best materials for casting.  Many techniques used in days of old are still in place today. We’ve found ways to be more energy efficient and create less waste, but the tried and true ways of shaping and polishing bronze hold steady. When we send out an Emtek door hardware set, the expectation is for that product to last our customer for many years to come.”

A great way to compliment the new White Bronze door hardware, Emtek hinges in the new polished nickel finish!


Sources: Emtek.com/blog, Emtek.com media, Wikipedia.com


Cable Railing Parts

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Cable railing is the popular thing right now for homes. Inside or out. This railing is mainly installed in a lot of the modern style homes now and it’s subtle, but oh so amazing looking. I’m diggin’ it. It’s all about clean and simple, which goes with anything and everything. So now that cable railing is getting to be more popular, we added some cable railing parts to the site so you can get a good start on maybe attempting to do it all yourself.

So far we carry quite a few cable railing parts, check it out.

Stainless Steel Cable

Wire rope strand, made of either galvanized or stainless steel wire.

Aluminum hourglass sleeves to help hold the wire rope securely in place. There are many different methods for installing cable railing, but generally you will need at least one aluminum sleeve on each end of every section of wire rope

Several different types of thimbles, such as standard, heavy duty stainless steel, heavy duty galvanized, or standard stainless steel. Cable railing installation methods vary, but generally you will need two of these for every section of cable on your rail

Stainless Steel Closed Body Turnbuckle Jaw/Eye, which are great for a variety of applications where you need a closed eye on on end and jaw on the other. The Closed body turnbuckle is easily adjusted.

Please let us know if there is something you need but can’t find by contacting us.

More Than Just Door Hardware

Direct Door Hardware may make you think that we are all about door hardware and that’s it, but that’s not true. Yes, most of the items we carry on our site do involve hardware for doors, but there are also a lot of misc. items you may not have guessed we’d ever have. For instance, did you know you can order floor registers, safes, switch and outlet covers, house numbers and address plaques from us too? This business isn’t just about door knobs and hinges let me tell ya, so come check more of the misc stuff here!

Speaking of address plaques, these unique designs are made by Whitehall Products. And when I say unique I really mean it. Whitehall Products are hand crafted and made when you order from rust free recycled aluminum in their manufacturing facilities located in Michigan. They are known as the world’s largest manufacturer of weathervanes, and personalized name and address plaques. They also have mailboxes, clocks, thermometers, bells, wall decor, sundials and some other landscape items. Each product is protected with a heat sealed plastic film and then carefully packaged and shipped.

“Behind the legend of Whitehall artistry lies the tale of a unique craft inspired by the majestic shores and woodlands of western Michigan. It was a master wood carver’s desire to reproduce and preserve his hand carved wood sculpture in metal, depicting the grace and essence of America’s natural beauty. Over 65 years later, Whitehall Products still offers you the same mastery in detail with each originally designed, carved and hand cast product.”

You can choose more of a basic or plain style, a vertical plaque, they even make reflective plaques and memorial markers. There are many different designs, finishes and shapes to choose from like oval or rectangular and some more decorative and unique like this one,


The options are endless…

Sources: Whitehall Products.com

K2 Commercial Hardware

I got looking around Brands and such and thought K2 Commercial Hardware by Stanley hasn’t been talked about yet and this would be a good time to read up on it. Under “About Us” on K2’s site you’ll read their strategy, mission, vision,  and why the K2 name and these things are good to know when trying to find a really good brand.

K2 Commercial Hardware’s strategy and mission is to be the best out there and easy to do business with. Stanley Black & Decker Hardware & Home Improvement is a leading global provider oif architecturally inspired building products, innovatively designed to improve the places where people live and work.

Why the K2 Name? This is the story:

When the BDHHI (Black & Decker Hardware & Home Improvement) commercial hardware team set out to name the new brand, they wanted a name that would mean not only strength and durability, but also beauty. And, of course, the name had to be something that was easily remembered in an already mature marketplace. Finally, it had to pass legal – perhaps the biggest hurdle of all.

The team toyed with names like Paramount and Viking, but neither stuck. As the deadline for a name loomed, the team brainstormed what the brand was really about:

  • Best in class
  • Premium design and quality at a value price
  • Simplification of the customer experience (easy to do business with)
  • Operational excellence
  • Suite of designs – “architecturally pleasing”
  • Grade 1 – solid cast
  • Industry best lead times
  • And more

Competitors were evaluated and their brand names noted. All sorts of names were put on a list and debated. Still, nothing seemed right. The team was tasked with finding even more alternatives.

Then one name made the list that seemed right. K2. This was a name that had multiple meanings. Not only is it the name of arguably the toughest mountain in the world to climb – even tougher than Everest by many accounts – it’s a magnificent mountain, rising to a greater vertical height relative to its neighboring summits than Everest. Its beauty is awe-inspiring, its power daunting. But if you are lucky enough to conquer this majestic summit, the exhilaration of being part of K2 is said to be indescribable. K2 stands for everything BDHHI’s commercial brand is about – strength, durability, beauty, rising above, best in class. And the K2 name conveniently fit for another reason as well. Since K2 commercial hardware is part of the Kwikset family, K2 stands for the next generation of Kwikset – one that will become as legendary as the original Kwikset brand.


Sources: About Us, k2commercialhardware.com, Weiser Lock – under Product Series