Weekend Project: Alternative Garage Door Weatherstrip

Not pleased with the standard vinyl weatherstrip that is installed on most garage doors? Me either. It seals well enough but they discolor, you can’t really paint them, and depending on how they are installed they often warp and just look bad. When I had some new garage doors installed last year I asked the door company what other options I had. They told me if I didn’t like the standard weatherstrip i should just not install it. I’m in a cold climate, and I like to use my garage year round so I couldn’t just go without. I ended up ordering the plastic stuff because i didn’t know what else to do, but I just wasn’t happy with it and never put it up. It’s still in a box in my garage if anyone wants it, i’ll give you a great deal.

The other day I decided I was going to do something about this situation before winter hits again. I ordered some Pemko Bronze colored weatherstrip (Pemko Q102D 121 Inch Length Weatherstrip) that is generally used on exterior man doors. We don’t have it on our website, but we can order some in for you if you like, just contact us. It’s relatively inexpensive weatherstrip and just mounts into a saw kerf.

My doors are trimmed out in Smartside siding, so I orders some 1×4 Smartside trim for this little project. Using my table saw I cut a 5/8″ deep kerf in the edge of the 1×4.

Saw Kerf in 1x4 Smartside


With the kerf cut it’s really easy to install the weatherstrip, just press the ribbed edge into the kerf all the way down the 1×4.

Installing weatherstrip in saw kerf


I debated for a couple of months if this type of weather strip would work on a garage door. I was worried that as the door came down it would push the weatherstrip down and out of the kerf. However, if you watch your garage door close it comes down at a slight angle towards the ground and the door isn’t completely vertical until it hits the ground. I closed my doors and lightly tacked the 1×4 with weatherstrip against the door making sure it was compressed slightly between the board and the door to assure a good seal. After opening and closing the door a few times, testing the seal and making sure it wasn’t obstructing anything I used some longer finish nails to solidly attach the 1×4 to the jamb. I just need a little caulk and paint and we’ll have a nice clean seal with no warping or discoloring. This was a simple project to do and really not very expensive. weatherstrip installed

Quality, Modern Style Handrail Brackets

Handrail brackets aren’t something a lot of people think too terribly much about. But there are many among us that are hardware snobs due to our various professions whether it be home builder, interior designer, architect or hardware retailers like myself. If you know much about hardware, you know that the standard handrail brackets work, they just aren’t the most attractive. So what do you do when you’re building a multi million dollar home, or a really high end office? Linnea makes a great quality modern style handrail bracket that looks great and is nice and sturdy. We’ve sold a slew of these to designers and builders working on luxury type projects where the standard bracket just won’t do. More spendy? yes. But some times you get what you pay for. In this case it’s better quality and a clean sleek look worthy of high end projects.

Linnea HRB12 Handrail BracketLinnea HRB10 Modern Handrail bracketLinnea HRB11 Modern Handrail Bracket

Emtek Emtouch Keyless Locks

Emtek Keyless EMTouch Leverset

Emtouch Keyless Leverset

Emtek continues to lead the way with their innovative new EMTouch keyless locks. The EMTouch locks function much like a smart phone with it’s sleek touch screen. When not in use the touch screen is blacked out, and when touched the numbers light up for quick and easy code entry. The EMTouch keypad is available on Emtek’s E4827 Handleset, the E3020 Deadbolt and E4020 Keyless Lever set. Add a really cool modern and techno look to your door and get the added benefits of a keyless lock.

Smaller Deadbolt Hole in Door

Do you have an older door with smaller than standard door prep? The most common door prep is 2 1/8″ dia. You probably know this already and have been looking all over for something that will fit a 1 5/8″ dia. bore hole. We now carry Baldwin door hardware and they make a deadbolt that will work on this smaller sized bore hole. Check it out:

Baldwin Deadbolt for 1 5/8″ dia. bore hole.

Baldwin Single Cylinder Deadbolt for 1 5/8 Inch Dia. Bore Hole

Baldwin Single Cylinder Deadbolt for 1 5/8 Inch Dia. Bore Hole

EZSet Commercial Door Lever – Install

Installing a commercial door lever is a little intimidating at first, but it’s really quite simple once you understand how the lock assembly works in the door. They are even more challenging to install in doors that are prepped for residential locks. Commercial doors are generally prepped a little differently as the heavy duty locks used in commercial construction are a bit bulkier.

I recently installed some ezset commercial levers and took some pictures along the way to help illustrate how they are installed. Commercial Locks like these are cylindrical locks which means that they have a cylindrical housing that fits into the bore hole. The latch then attaches to that cylinder. Cylinderical locks are a more stout than your regular tubular latch type lock, so they hold up better in commercial applications.

This type of commercial lock is designed to fit a 2 1/8″ bore hole, but two additional holes are required – one above the bore hole, one below. Other Commercial locks from Schlage, Falcon or other brands will also require this same type of preparation. To prep the bore for the new lock, you’ll need to drill these holes. You can either measure, or use the template included in the package. You can see the supplied template has both standard backsets marked out. Just line up the edge, and center the circle over the bore hole. Pretty easy to do if you have some light shining behind the door. Now drill your holes. Since I installed these locks on steel residential doors, I first made a small hole in the surface to start the drill bit and keep it accurate. If you don’t, you’ll likely get some floating on your bit and the hole won’t be in the right spot.

Ezset Door Prep

Punching a starter hole for the drill bit.

You can see in this photo below, the latch is installed in the cross bore. Those little tabs will align into the housing when you install the door lever, we’ll show you how to install that in the next couple of steps. First you need to drill your holes and now that you’ve made a starter hole, it will be a bit easier. Make sure you’re using a good drill bit designed to drill through steel as other types of bits may pull too hard and damage the surrounding surface of the hole you are drilling. If you are installing in wood doors, you may still want a starter hole just to help you keep it straight and on target.

Drilling Commercial Lock Installation Holes

Drilling top and bottom holes for commercial lock installation.

Before you start installing the lever set, you’ll want to verify your door thickness. Out of the box these commercial levers will fit 1 3/4″ thick doors which is pretty standard for exterior doors. If you are installing on a thinner interior door, you may need to adjust the cylindrical housing of the lock so that it will fit. To do this, you’ll need to remove the outside lever with the little tool provided, pull the rosette and then twist the housing. Its hard to see in this picture but the spindle between the cylindrical housing and the rosette is threaded. As you twist the housing on the threaded core, you can fit it to your door thickness. Once your done adjusting, put the rosette back in place and slide the lever back on until the spring loaded pin pops into place. By the way, you cannot remove this outer lever unless you have a key in the cylinder, this protects you from someone removing your outside lever to get in your door. It’s not possible to take apart unless you have the right key.

Adjusting a Cylindrical Lock

Removing the lever to adjust the cylindrical lock.

Now, insert the latch into the cross bore on the edge of the door and slide the outside half of the lever set into the bore hole. You’ll want to hold the latch in place and make sure it slides into the square notch on the edge of the cylindrical housing shown in the picture below. You can install the latch with screws on the mounting plate before hand if you wish.

Installing the commercial lever

Sliding the cylinderical housing into the bore hole.

Now that you have the latch and outside housing in place you’ll need to attach the inside mounting plate. There is a little arrow on the edge of the plate. That arrow needs to be pointed to the edge of the door where the latch is. You’ll use the screws provided to attach the plate to the other side of the lever using the inner holes on the mounting plate as shown below. You can see there is a hole right above the bolt we are installing below, you’ll use that hole in the next step, so be sure and put that first bolt in the correct hole.

Installing the inside mounting plate for an ezset door lever.

Installation of the inside mounting plate.

Now you’ll mount the outer mounting ring. Again, be sure that the little arrow along the edge of the circular mounting plate is on the side, pointing to the edge of the door. Use either the short black screws, or longer screws provided for added security if you wish.

Installing the outer mounting plate on an EzSet commercial Lock

Installing the outer mounting plate on an EzSet commercial Lock

Now you can Install the rosette. Just slide it over the outer mounting ring in the slots top and bottom and twist.

Installing the rosette on an EZSet Commercial Lock

Installing the Rosette

Then slide on your interior lever until the spring loaded tab locks it in place. If you ever need to remove the lock, you can use the tool provided (shown in previous picture) to depress the tab and slide the lever back off. You can also use a paper clip or something similar. As I mentioned before, to remove the outside lever you have to have a key for security reasons, the inside lever you do not.

Installing the inside lever

Installing the inside lever.

That’s it for the lock. Now all you have to install is the strike. These levers come standard with a heavy duty T Strike, installation of strikes is pretty simple so we won’t get into it here. I hope this article gives you a bit more confidence installing a commercial lock if you have not done so before.

Lockey M210 Keyless Mechanical Deadbolt Review

Lockey Mechanical Deadbolt

Lockey - Keyless Mechanical Deadbolt.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to install a Lockey M210 Mechanical Keyless Deadbolt. This deadbolt is very easy to install already, but to make it even easier, Lockey came out with an Lockey M210EZ. The M210 requires that you drill an additional hole above the standard bore hole, the M210EZ does not require the additional hole. I installed this lock for a friend of mine who will be using it on his manufacturing facility. Because it will be a high use door, we opted for the M210 which has the additional hole, mainly just for added security. We probably didn’t need to, but since I was installing having to drill an additional hole was not a big deal to me. The deadbolt was very easy to install and looks great on the door. I added this picture above so you can see the size relative to my hand. Before seeing this lock in person, i imagined it being much larger. It comes with a black trim piece that mounts behind the keypad and covers the bore hole and looks nice completely installed. This mechanical lock is built well and has smooth operation when entering the code and retracting the lock.

To lock the door from the inside or out, just throw the bolt using the turn knob. From the outside, once the bolt is thrown you have to unlock using the code. From the inside, just retract with the turn knob. I like this keyless deadbolt because it is very simple to use, sturdy and smooth.

The Pro’s to this lock:
– Easy Install on Standard Bore (M210EZ even easier install)
– Mechanical Lock means no batteries to worry about.
– Smooth operation and sturdy feel.
– Simple. Sometimes you just want a simple functional lock – this is it.

Cons (Well, cons if you care about these features):
–  You can only have one code (some electronic keyless locks allow up to 20 or more codes)
– The buttons are not lit.
– You have to remove the lock to change the code.

Ironically, the Lockey has the word ‘Digital’  stamped on the  lock, but it is not a digital lock – Mechanical however, it is.

Overall, I was pleased with this lock. I would buy this lock for its simplicity, functionality and sturdy construction.

Keyless Lock With Remote

Keyless locks with remote key fobs are a popular type of keyless lock because they give you the option of using your key fob, key or key code on the keypad. Much like your car key fob you use to unlock your doors the Lockstate keyless deadbolt uses a similar key fob, except that your horn won’t honk and lights on your house won’t flash when it’s locked or unlocked. This keyless deadbolt comes in a variety of finishes and you can even order multiple key fobs if you want. Sorry, you still have to remember not to let your key fob go through the washing machine.

Keyless Deadbolt Lock with Key Fob

Not Thinking About Door Hardware


Out of the Office

There are days when I don’t think about door hardware at all. I know this is hard to believe because it’s such a fascinating product, but it’s true, sometimes we get away from it all and spend some time doing something fun. This last weekend my brother and I took our kids on a backpack trip into the peaks of Northern Utah. We had a great time and honestly I could have used a day or two longer in the mountains to forget about my worries.