Types of Handlesets

Handlesets or Entry door sets are a great way to dress up your front door. Not only are there many many designs and finishes to choose from, but there are also several types of handlesets that you can have your pick from as well. All can be nicely categorized on our site if you wish to make things a little more smooth going.

There are 3 different designs to choose from such as the two piece (or sectional), the one piece (or Monolithic), or full plate (or full length).

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But before you choose one of the 3 designs, you get to choose the type!

double_sidedDouble sided handlesets or also known as a grip by grip handleset, as shown in the picture above have, are a handleset that comes with the grip on both the outside and the inside of the door. This style isn’t as common as the rest, but they sure do look nice.

two_pointTwo point locks are great for those of you who want a little more security. They provide two locking points, the deadbolt and the handle each have a lock or keyed cylinder, just for that added or extra security.

emergency_egressEmergency Egress or Interconnect handlesets are super convenient and some places may require these types. It works like this,

InterconnectWhen you press down on the lever from the inside, the deadbolt and lever latch automatically unlock, it opens the door in one single action. This makes an easy exit in case of emergency.

mortise_lockMortise Lock Handlesets are just a little bit different than all your other standard handlesets. If you notice the pictures it looks a little bit different on the side of the door, as it has a big plate, which is a box that slides in the door. These are require special prepping, so make sure your door is prepped correctly.

And finally check out the Keyless Handlesets which provide a super easy way to unlock and lock the door. No keys required!

 

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.

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.

 

What Door Hardware Do I Need for Exterior French Doors?

French doors or in other words double doors are commonly seen on many front entry ways of many homes now. We get asked quite a bit what type of hardware do you need to order for a set of double exterior doors? Exterior meaning you will want the door to have a keyed lock for security, but what else? Lets break it down to be little more simple.

French doors will have a fixed door and an operable door. It’s important to know which door is the active door and which door is fixed door, in other words is the active door on the left or on the right? This is important, because some levers and some handlesets require handing of the door. Here is a chart to help you figure out if your door is left hand or right hand.

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If you want both french doors to open you can order either a few flush bolts (which are the most common) or surface bolts (which are more decorative) that are installed at the top and bottom of the fixed door to lock the door in place and then you can simply unlatch it when you want the fixed door to open.

The most obvious piece of door hardware you may think to order is a keyed lock set. That being a keyed door knob, a keyed lever or a keyed handleset. If you decide to go with a keyed door knob or lever, you will also want to purchase a deadbolt to go above the door knob or lever. Any of these you decide to go with will be installed on your active door. Handlesets are nice because the deadbolt is already included and they look super nice on exterior doors, but these are a little more expensive.

For the fixed door, remember your flush bolt or surface bolt liked I mentioned earlier. If you check out your french doors, the operable door should have a hole bored for the keyed lock set you chose to go with and the fixed door may not have a hole at all. You can choose whether you want to order a dummy set – a dummy door knob, dummy door lever handle, or a dummy handleset. Some people don’t order anything for the fixed door and it looks just fine, but then others like both doors to look symmetrical. It’s up to you!

*NOTE: Make sure that if you are ordering a dummy it is a set, because some dummy door knobs or levers are shipped with only one for one side of the door, in this case you will need to order 2 dummies for the fixed door.

What Type of Hardware You Have So You Can Replace It

Back when a door knob was just a door knob to me and that’s as deep as it got, I never imagined how different each door knob could be. I’m not talking about the obvious design difference, of course there are many varieties there, but what about the measurements, the latches, the round or square, handleset, lever mortise, multi point, yadda yadda… And honestly you wont need to know all this stuff, unless you are trying to replace your hardware. I know that might sound super overwhelming, but don’t give up yet! It’s actually not all that bad. You just need to find out what type of hardware you have and then you can start crossing off most of that list.

First, you need to determine if you have an actual standard door knob/lever. This is what most people have today. And how you determine this is by the door prep, or measurements of the holes in the door. Standard doors have a 2 1/8″ bore hole and 1″ cross bore, and backset measurements of either 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″ (for more info on standard door prep check here, or check here for more info on backsets). And by looking at the edge of the door where the bolt (or latch) comes in and out of the door when the knob is turned (the latch is what holds the door in place when shut), will help you find out what style of latch you need for your standard door. There are 3 different styles of latches for standard doors, rounded corner, square corner, or drive-in.

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Most of the hardware you order come standard with either the square or rounded corner faceplates. Generally you will need to request a drive-in latch. Make sure and read in the description of what style will ship with the hardware, and if it’s not what you need you can request for it at no extra charge.

You may run into what looks similar to the door levers above, but the backset measurement is not anywhere close to 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″, it’s more like 5″.

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Brands like Schlage and Kwikset offer 5″ backsets for almost all of their hardware. You will just need to specify that you need a 5″ backset rather than the standard 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″.

Exterior doors, you can find several options such as a deadbolt and knob/lever combo, entrance handleset or mortise handleset, sideplate lock, ore multi-point patio lock.

 

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If you have a separate deadbolt and knob/lever you can use a deadbolt with either a passage function knob/lever or keyed entrance if you want the added security. And this also falls under the standard prepped door measurements.

 

Standard entrance handlesets (also standard prepped) you can find under any brand. Entrance handlesets are most popular for any front door.

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Sideplates are similar to handlesets without the big long grip at the bottom. Some are made to fit standard prep of 5 1/2″ cc, but there are many that have a 3 5/8″ cc (which is not standard).

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Multi Point Patio Lock trims are high end patio doors that have their very own internal mechanism and locks with 3 or more points around the top, side and bottom of the door. On the edge of the door it will look like the latch extends for several feet or maybe even the entire edge of the door. We have many trim sets (the mechanism is not included) to choose from.

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Skeleton Key Locks fit older style doors prepped for a mortise box that slides into the edge of the door. The skeleton key lock boxes measure about 3″ deep and 4″ tall and 1/2″ thick. Nostalgic Warehouse is where you will find your replacements for this style.

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Mortise Handlesets and Locks are high quality and are generally add more security than a regular handleset or door lock. Mortise locks use a mortise lock box (similar to the sekeleton key lock box) that slides into the edge of the door. It measures at around 3-4″ deep and about 8″ high (you can see how high the mortise box is if you look at the edge of the door). It’s more modern than the skeleton key locks. You can find these modern mortise handlesets and locks from Emtek.

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Replacing Your Existing Handleset

Shopping for a new handleset for your front door can be fun! All the different designs and finishes out now are sure to add to that fresh coat of paint you just added to your front door, or maybe you just need to replace that old beaten down handleset you have had for years. There are a few things to keep in mind if you are replacing your handleset for your existing door preparation. The biggest problem is when ordering your new handleset, you want to make sure it will fit all of the existing holes that your previous handleset required, otherwise you will have big and ugly holes exposed in your door! So, we have come up with a great handy chart to help direct you to where you need to go and what you need to look for when you are ready to replace your old handleset. Please click here and scroll down to see the chart.

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Here we have a picture of a handleset and all of the letters (A-E) represent all of the important measurements you will need from your old handleset before ordering your new handleset. One of the more important measurements is the “C” measurement. Each handleset will have a through bolt that holds the exterior grip in place. It’s important to match this to your new handleset, or your will have to drill a new hole in the door and patch up the old one. That may not look very good if the new handleset you choose has a shorter grip. *NOTE: Schlage handlesets have adjustable through bolts so they will fit a range of door preparations. There is about 1-1/2″ of adjustment on the “C” measurement for these handlesets; 3/4″ shorter or longer than the length shown on the chart.

The standard residential door prep for entry doors is two 2-1/8″ bore holes 5-1/2″ center to center (which is measurement “B” in the picture shown). If you have more than 5 1/2″ CC, you can still use a sectional handleset. Sectional handlesets have a separate deadbolt (not connected to the rest of the handleset). This style can also work on some door preps that are a little smaller than 5 1/2″ CC.

An interconnect device can be added some of the handlesets as an option.

For more information on how to find an entry handleset to fit your existing door preparation go here.

Or, if you need help determining which handleset will fit your existing door conditions please call us at 877-852-9449.  Or click here to ask a question.

 

Modern Levers for Exterior Doors

I know I have said many many times that modern design is what majority of people are going for in their home or office today. So because modern is so popular I think it makes one of the more interesting topics for people to talk, or in my case read/write about. Modern homes and buildings are everywhere you look now, and it’s important for modern homes and buildings to have modern hardware! There are lots of different types of modern style hardware to drool over – from door knobs to house numbers. And when you love modern, it’s probably going to end up on your front door, because the front door is the best place to make a first impression. Like maybe a great modern lever would look rad?

The levers above are both from Linnea. The first one (LL-95), is one of the more unique styles Linnea carries and the second one (LL-148) is just classic don’t you think? Check out more modern levers from Linnea and other brands like Baldwin, Emtek, Nova, Omnia Schlage and Sure Lochere.

 

So what if you really do want the modern levers for your exterior doors and it’s not offered as a keyed entrance function? OR – The modern lever you like is available with a keyed entrance, but you’d hate to have the bulky keyed cylinder ruin or take away from the design – what can you do then?

There’s no worries! This problem can easily be solved with an extra little device called a deadbolt. A deadbolt is used mostly on exterior doors and have a keyed cylinder and when the key or turn lever is turned a bolt locks the door in place. So all you would have to do is install a great looking deadbolt above your passage function modern lever. Providing security and style.

Note: It’s always best to try and stick with the same brand, that way the finishes are guaranteed to match.

Here are some great looking deadbolts with a modern taste:

Linnea Round Deadbolt (DBR200)/Linnea Square Deadbolt (DBS200) – Also check out more modern deadbolts from Linnea and other brands here.

Baldwin’s Famous Rim Locks

Baldwin is one of the most trusted for safety, security, heavy duty, not to mention that it’s got class. I explored some of Baldwin’s history, where it all started…and it goes way back to the mid 1940’s! Severin Fayerman and his family came to America in 1945 and in January 1946, less than a year, they opened the doors to Baldwin.

Baldwin first started with simple letter boxes (or as we like to call them on the site – mail slots), then came the rest of the hardware – elegant door knobs, all the misc hardware like chain door guards, and later came the rim locks.

Rim locks are elegant small mortise style locks that are surface mounted to the door. We don’t quite have them on the site yet, we hope to someday soon, but we sure can order some if you are interested. Just contact us. Anyway, the reason I was so fixated on rim locks and the history of Baldwin is because I came across the short story of Jackie Kennedy and her request of customer rim locks. It was after President Kennedy was assassinated and Mrs. Kennedy later left the White House and decided to built a private residence in Martha’s Vineyard. She wanted a special finish for the Baldwin rim locks that she liked so much that was never going to be replicated except for her residence and Baldwin happily accepted. It was a brass rim lock with a white coating and they relieved the edges, highlighting the dull brass finish. It was very original and Severin Fayerman said, “everyone was proud and honored to be part of this and made a special effort to make it beautiful and it was beautiful”. He also said it was very original and was never repeated, just like Jackie Kennedy requested, and the finish is still known as the Jacqueline Kennedy finish.