Replacing Skeleton Key Type Locks?

If you are searching for replacements for your old skeleton key type locks, you are in luck! Nostalgic Warehouse makes brand new hardware to replace that style of lock. Be careful, because if you aren’t sure what a skeleton key lock is you may likely be ordering the wrong style to fit your door. Skeleton door knobs are a whole lot different from door knobs you see today. It requires special door preparation to fit what’s called the Mortise Box for the door knobs to attach to. The reason we call them skeleton key type locks is because they use that old fashioned skeleton keys you see on older homes. The vintage or antique style hardware. Here’s the difference from a skeleton key mortise box compared to a regular or standard door preparation (like today’s doors).

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The picture on the left is the Nostalgic Warehouse mortise lock box and the picture on the right is the standard door preparation for doors today. The problem you will have if you order the mortise box (or skeleton key type mortise lock) will be that you can not install that big box in the bore holes. It just wont work. So it’s important to understand what you are ordering. If your door does in fact use skeleton keys than you should be able to replace them with Nostalgic Warehouse door knobs. Nostalgic Warehouse offers a wide selection of door knob styles like porcelain door knobs, crystal door knobs or the fancy decorative brass door knobs. Maybe you have a great working mortise box and all you need to do is replace are the door knobs only or just the backplates only… you can totally do that! Or you can totally replace the mortise box and the knob all together (as a set).

If you are looking for door knobs that look like antique but will fit your regular or standard prep doors, check out Nostalgic Warehouse’s door knobs.

NEW From Emtek

There’s always something new and exciting from Emtek. We love it. They are always bringing something fresh. There are several new things they have introduced. Each of these are available now and if you aren’t able to find them on the site yet, please call us so we can place the order by phone. They should be added to the site very soon.

First are the new,

Art Deco Cabinet Hardware Collection.

29Introducing the Art Deco Knob, the Art Deco Pull, the Newport Knob, the Tribeca Pull, the Alexander Pull, and the Art Deco Square Backplate for knob as well as one for the pull. This new cabinet hardware collection of pulls and knobs are all available in oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel, polished chrome, and polished nickel finishes. Backplates are available for each knob or pull as well.

Next, I am super excited about is the new,

Modern Rectangular Rosette.

30This is a great new addition to all the other unique rosettes you can choose from. The rectangular rosette is available for any of the passage and privacy knobs/levers Emtek offers. Don’t get it confused with the Neos rosette, which is also rectangular shaped but with rounder edges. This great new rectangular rosette is an awesome sleek style that will help bring that modern design you are going for to your home.

The Norwich Cabinet Hardware is now available.

31If you liked the Norwich Door Knob, then you’ll love the Norwich cabinet hardware! You can choose from either the 1 1/4″ or the 1 5/8″ sizes. Made from solid brass and available in 7 finishes.

Emtek now has UL Listed Mortise Entry Sets

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UL listed door sets are important for some applications (because they pass the tests for safety requirements in case of a fire), but sometimes it’s hard to find stylish door sets. Not anymore! With these Emtek UL Listed Mortise Locks all you have to do is turn the knob/lever from the inside and it will automatically open the deadbolt and latch for an easy exit. With a Grade 1 security rating and a 180 minute fire rating, you will feel comfortable installing these on any condo or apartment or any other multi unit building.

Commercial Door Knob Functions

When shopping for commercial door hardware there are a lot of functions available to accommodate all kinds of commercial applications. And it may be easier for you to shop this way, knowing what functions does what.

T501An Entry Lock Function: An entry function has a keyed cylinder on the outside and a push button for locking the door on the inside. The inside button will lock the lever on the outside until you unlock it by rotating the inside lever or by using the key on the outside.

 

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Entry/Office Lock: This style will have a keyed cylinder on the outside and a turn/push button to lock the inside. The turning button will lock the outside lever which will require the outside lever to be unlocked with the key until the button is manually unlocked by the inside. If its a push button, it will lock the outside lever until you rotate the lever from the inside or you unlock by the key from the outside. The inside lever is always free.

 

T511Office Lock: The office lock will have a keyed cylinder on the outside and a turn button on the inside. Turning the button will lock the outside lever requiring you to use the key to unlock until the button is manually turned or unlocked from the inside. The inside lever is always free.

 

T561Classroom Lock: The classroom lock will have a keyed cylinder on the outside and can be locked and unlocked by the key and the inside lever is always free.

 

T381Exit Security Lock: This lock will retract the latch by either lever except if the key from the inside lever has locked the outside lever. And when the outside lever is locked you can use the key on the outside lever or turn the inside lever to retract the latch.

 

T411Asylum Lock: The Asylum function includes a deadlocking latch bolt and can be operated by the key on either side. Both of the levers will always be inoperable so it will always require a key to open the latch.

 

T571Dormitory Lock: This style also includes a deadlocking latch bolt and can be operated by the levers except when locked by the push button on the inside lever. The key on outside lever will lock or unlock the outside lever and automatically releases the button. Closing the door also releases the push button. The inside lever is always free.

 

T851Storeroom Lock: This style of lock includes a deadlocking latch bolt that is operated by the lever inside or by the key on the outside. Outside lever is always inoperable and inside lever is always free.

 

T851Storeroom (Electrified – Fail Safe): This lock will open the latch bolt by the lever from either side except when the lever is electrically locked. When the outer lever, that is inoperable, is locked the latch bolt retracts by the keyed cylinder from the outside.

 

corridorAssisted Living or Corridor Lock: You can lock or unlock this by the key from outside. The push button locks the lever from the inside. Closing the door or turning inside lever will release the button and unlock the door. When the outside lever is locked by the key it can only be unlocked by the key. The inside lever is always unlocked.

 

T101Passage/Closet Function: No locking mechanism on this function. The function is always unlocked.

 

T301Privacy Hospital Lock: Outside lever is locked by the push button on the inside lever. Rotating the inside lever, closing the door or turning the emergency release turn button on the outside will release the push button. Inside lever is always free.

 

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Dummy Trim: This is a single trim that is surface mounted to the door.

 

y161Communicating Passage Lock: The door is opened by the inside lever and the outside is a non removable blank plate.

 

exitExit Non Keyed: This function has a blank plate on the outside and the inside lever is always unlocked.

 

Function_patioPatio Lock: This function is operated by either side unless the outside is locked by the push button from the inside. Unlocks by turning inside lever or closing door.

 

facultyFaculty Restroom Lock: This function has an outside lever that is fixed. Enter by the key only. Push button on the inside lever activates a visual occupancy indicator. An emergency mater key will be able to unlock from the outside if emergency. When turning the inside lever or closing the door will release the visual occupancy indicator. And rotating the inside spanner button provides lock out feature by keeping indicator activated.

Hotel and Motel Commercial Lock: The deadbolt is retracted by the key in the upper lock from the outside or by the inside turn unit. The bolt automatically deadlocks when fully thrown. Deadlatch retracted by the key in outer fixed knob. Push button in inner knob/lever activates visual occupancy indicator. Rotation of inside spanner button provides lockout feature by keeping indicator thrown. Turning inside knob/lever retracts deadbolt and latch simultaneously for immediate exit.

communicatingCommunicating Lock: This is locked or unlocked by the key from the outside and there is a blank plate inside.

 

 

Why Choose a Double Cylinder Deadbolt over a Single Cylinder?

Another great question. First lets go over exactly what each type of deadbolt is and then we can get in to why you would use one over the other.

 

Single Cylinder Deadbolt

This style of deadbolt is definitely more commonly used on exterior doors. It’s simply a keyed cylinder to lock/unlock the door with a key from the outside and will have a thumb turn on the inside.

 

Double Cylinder Deadbolt

A double cylinder deadbolt has a keyed cylinder to unlock the door with a key on the outside (just like the single cylinder) as well as on the inside. Yes, that means that you will need a key to unlock and lock the door from the inside.

A double cylinder deadbolt is great for the doors that have partial glass. The reason being in case there was an intruder and they wanted to break the glass so they could unlock the deadbolt from the inside and enter, they won’t be able to because it would require a key to enter.

 

The more obvious choice may seem to be the double cylinder because it’s got two keyed cylinders and is more secure right? It really is a great deadbolt to have, but be aware that a double cylinder could possibly be a fire hazard because you or any other member of your family would require a key to get out. You may have to pick your battle with this style. Either you feel more secure with a double cylinder because you have partial glass, or you feel more secure without double cylinder because it may be a fire hazard. When customers ask us which is better, a single cylinder or a double cylinder, we mention the fire hazard thing so they are aware that it could be dangerous if you need to exit, but that it really does bring ease to others because of its security. Like I said, you have to pick your battle.

Why is One Manufacturers Product More Than Another’s When The Style is Similar?

A great question! I know that may be a little confusing. There are quit a few different door knobs, lever handles and other door hardware that look very similar but are from different brands and some brands may be more expensive than others.

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For example this Emtek Egg knob and this Sure-Loc Egg knob (shown above). They each look very similar to eachother but if you click on them the price is not so similar. It’s around a $60.00 difference. What is the reason for this? The Emtek hardware and the Sure-Loc hardware and other brands for that matter are all made differently and with different material. We are talking about Emtek vs. Sure-Loc in this case, so the Sure-Loc door hardware are made of zinc die cast and they are all hollow where the Emtek door hardware are made of solid brass material. Making the material from Emtek a little more higher in quality from the Sure-Loc. Don’t get me wrong, Sure-Loc is a great quality and can do it’s job well, but some people are a little picky when it comes to how solid their door hardware is, and that’s what Emtek is. And this is generally the case with all door hardware on the site, the higher priced hardware such as Baldwin, Emtek, Linnea, Omnia (just to name a few) are all made of solid material making it more durable and maybe more smooth function and of course the quality. It’s not always necessary to have this type of hardware in your home if you are ok with it. Other brands such as Sure-Loc, Weslock, Schlage, and Kwikset (to name a few) are great quality as well, and more simple and maybe better for fitting in a tight budget. These brands offer good hardware for a more affordable price. Other reasons that can effect the price of similar pieces of hardware could be because of the warranty coverage, the brand name reputation, product origin, distribution channels  and all of the door hardware manufacturers we work with set their own pricing based on everything we said above.

What Door Hardware Do I Need On Interior French Doors?

It can be so confusing to know what to order for a set of french doors. And it’s true, it can be a little tricky if you aren’t familiar with all the different functions and such. French doors on the inside of your house will have a door that’s fixed and the other operable.

The fixed door will need to have a latch, called a flush bolt or a more decorative one called a surface bolt (these bolts come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and finishes to match your existing door hardware), that you can unlock that will be located at the top and/or bottom of the door to keep the door shut in place. And when you unlock it, it will allow you to open the door. Depending on what you want the french doors to look like, you can choose to order a dummy function door knob/lever (these are available with any style of door knob or lever handle you decide on) so it matches the operable door. Some people decide it’s not necessary to order a dummy door knob, as it doesn’t function and is only mounted to the surface of the door, whereas others choose to order the dummy function either because they believe it looks nicer or sometimes people like it because then you do have a handle to pull it open when the flush bolt is unlocked. A good thing to note when ordering the dummy function is that some brands only ship one singe dummy door knob/lever, meaning you will only receive one for one side of the door. Look for double dummy, which will come with two for each side of the door. If you are looking for what kind of hardware to order for double closet doors, read this post.

For the operable door, it’s most likely bored with a hole to fit the door knob or lever. Lots and lots of doors already come this way with standard door prep. For an interior french door you will want to order a passage or privacy function door knob or lever. A passage is a door knob that functions but has no type of lock at all, whereas the privacy will have a privacy push/turn button to lock the door knob in place for privacy. You will find privacy functions on a bathroom or bedroom door. It just depends on what type of room these french doors lead to and your preference.

If you are looking to find what kind of door hardware to order for exterior french doors check out an earlier post all about that here.

Have a Thicker Door and Need to Find A Handleset to Fit?

Handlesets are great for any entry door. It’s secure, it’s easy to use and it’ll dress up your front door. You can choose from a wide variety of finishes that will coordinate with all the rest of your door hardware throughout your house. Not only is there a wide variety of finishes, but you also have different styles of handlesets to choose from, such as double sided, two point locks, emergency egress/interconnected handlesets, and mortise locks. If you have french doors, dummy handlesets are available for the inactive door. It’s fun to be able to pick and choose all the different styles and all the different interior door knobs and levers that can make your front door either unique, or you can match the rest of your hardware throughout your house. Make sure to order from the same brand if you want your finishes to match. Anyway, enough about all the different styles and options you can choose from, what happens if you have a thicker door than normal? Are there options for a door that’s thicker than the standard size door (up to 2″ is generally standard door thickness)? You bet there are options! Quite a few styles and designs to choose from. Which means just because your door is thick, doesn’t mean you don’t get all the options that you may get when ordering for a door that has standard thickness. The options are a little fewer as far as design goes, because not all brands will carry hardware to fit thicker doors.

Emtek offers lots of different handleset to fit doors up to:

2 5/8″ thick

2 7/8″ thick

3″ thick.

*NOTE: Please make sure to measure your door to be sure the door thickness before you order, because if your door is actually standard door thickness (1 3/4″ up to 2″ thick is standard) and you order for a door that’s over standard thickness like the 2 5/8″, 2 7/8″ and 3″ thick, it will not fit your door.

Fire Marshal Approved Locks

Interconnected Door LockIn Basic Terms:

Press down on the lever and deadbolt and lever latch retract simultaneously.

 

 

You may have heard of interconnected locks before, also known as emergency egress locks. These special handlesets are designed to easily unlock the door. Basically it’s a lock where the deadbolt and knob (or lever) latch are linked with a device called and interconnect device. An interconnect device is an internal mechanism that deactivates the deadbolt lock when you turn the door knob/lever from the inside to open the door. There are a couple different styles available so be sure to verify how your existing door is prepped before you order so you can be sure it will fit correctly (to find out more information about two different types of interconnected locks click here and read the information given at the bottom of this page).

 

 

It’s important, in some applications, that their locks are Fire Marshall Approved. Which basically means that occupants can exit the building easily in case of emergency. With these interconnect locks or emergency egress locks, you can easily open the door in a single action making it really convenient when exiting and that’s especially important if there were some kind of an emergency. It’s designed to open even if the door is locked!

 

 

From Baldwin, Emtek, EZSet, Kwikset, Schlage and Weslock Brands, there are Residential Style Interconnect (or Emergency Egress) Locks, Or there are Interconnect Locks for a commercial applications.

 

 

*NOTE: These Interconnected locks meet the requirements of most Fire Marshals, but the user may need to check with their own local authority to verify.

 

 

Interconnect locks have been uses in hospitals, group homes, apartment buildings and other public access places, but you could easily use them for your own home if you wish. It does make for an easy exit.

 

 

You can find a ton more information on emergency egress (interconnected) locks here.

 

Door Hardware Options for an Exterior Door

It’s important to feel safe and secure when it comes to an exterior/entry door. I don’t think anyone would feel comfortable installing a regular door knob with no type of lock on an exterior door, I guess unless you live out in the middle of nowhere and I am guessing that probably means you leave your keys in your car too. Anyway, not everyone lives where there are no neighbors in sight. So it’s important to find a lock(s) that makes you feel comfortable when leaving the house for the day or maybe days.  Believe it or not there are a lot of door lock options for an entry/exterior door, not just your basic door knob that has a key.

 

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The most common combination is probably a basic single cylinder deadbolt with a passage function knob or lever. A passage function means it has not type of lock on the door knob or lever, the deadbolt is how you would keep your door locked. You could choose a double cylinder deadbolt if you wanted, but that mean’s it will be keyed on the outside as well as the inside. It’s not recommended for most doors, as it could be a fire hazard.

 

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Another good choice would be to find a deadbolt that you like and pair it with a keyed door knob or keyed lever.

 

sideplate-lockSideplate locks are a little fancier option with so many different plate options and you get to pair it with your choice of door knob or lever and choose whatever of the many finishes. These work basically like the first option (deadbolt and passage function knob or lever) except it has a fancy plate in between. Sideplates are from Emtek. The picture above shoes a sideplate with a CC of 3 5/8″ (which is not standard prep). 5 1/2″ CC sideplates are available on the right hand side of this page.

 

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And last but not least, you can also find many many styles of Handlesets. These are pretty popular as well for a front door, maybe not so much for a back door or side door, but the front door it’ll sure make a statement. Most handlesets will only have the above deadbolt to keep the door locked, but if you are wanting added security and have 2 locks you can check out the two point handleset locks.

Don’t forget to check out the keyless locks, which could take place of several of these options.