The Knock Knock Lock?

I’m giving these guys props for coming up with a cool idea. Max Lesser and Andy Chen are apparently a couple of roomies that kept losing their keys and took matters into their own hands to come up with a solution – which for them was programming a secret series of knocks that activates a key dispensing mechanism. Just use your secret knock, the key is dispensed and then put the key back in the dispenser once you enter. Here’s their video on how it works:

Cool idea guys, but i think i’ll just keep using my Emtek Emtouch Keyless Lock. Maybe not as fun, but less complicated and no keys required at all. I’m just sure i’d forget to put the key back in the knock knock lock, but I can set my own key code and remember it. Keep being creative though. I wish someone would invent a good public restroom lock that would open without me having to touch the door after I wash my hands.

Emtek Modern Bath Hardware Collection

We have been looking for a house for a few months now because we have a baby on the way and this little loft apartment just wont cut it for long term. There is no room for a crib, there is no bath tub, there are some wicked stairs for her to fall down if we were to be here when she starts to crawl. Anyway, we found a house finally that we really want and things seem to be moving forward on maybe possibly getting it! It’s brand new, and we tried swooping in to pick colors of the floors, walls, hardware etc., but we were a little too late. That’s okay! I like to dream of what some of the things will look like and worst case, if we hate it… we can redo it!

I am so curious what the door hardware will be like in this house, what the light fixtures, cabinet hardware, and bath hardware will be like. I am falling for the more modern, sleek look. I dream of modern levers and cabinet hardware throughout the house. I dream of a white kitchen with stainless steel or satin nickel bar pulls on the cabinets. I dream of modern style bath hardware.

Bath hardware may not really seem like that big of a deal and it’s easy to pick something dirt cheap just because you really don’t care what your toilet paper holder or towel holders will look like. I’m telling you, it can really change up the look. Even a simple finish change could make things look brighter, cleaner, more stylish.

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I know this is a little extreme of a makeover, but you kind of get the idea don’t you?

This is the bath hardware I would love to have some day. It’s from Emtek. And it’s their modern collection. Go figure.

Modern Paper Holder

What’s really cool about this Emtek Modern Bath Hardware, is that you get to choose your style of rosettes (or backplates), like Disk (which is shown), Neos, Square and Small Disk. You also get to choose from 4 different finishes, like Oil rubbed Bronze,  Satin Nickel, Flat Black, and Polished Chrome.

Eagle Multi Point Patio Door Trim Replacements

Multi Point locks or Patio door locks are really nice. They provide a little more security than a regular lock. Multi point means that is has different points where a bolt (similar to a deadbolt) will lock the door in place. For example there is always one in the regular spot on the side edge of the door, one can be coming out of the very top of the door and one at the bottom. Talk about security. Multi point locks also function super well and they are great as far as style goes as well.

If you are looking for replacement trims for Eagle multi point or patio door locks, you have come to the right place. I say replacement trims because we don’t carry the mechanism for any multi point door, only the exterior trims of the plate and levers. Those usually come with your door manufacturer. So if you are looking for the mechanism it would be best to contact Eagle directly. We carry the fun part… the stylish trims! Emtek offers many stylish trims for your Eagle doors. If you check out MultiPoint Lock Trims section under Emtek it will take you to a page of configurations. These configurations are very important to match to your existing mechanism that is already in your door. We have made a list of door manufacturers under each configuration to better help you find which trims may match your existing door(s). You should see that Eagle is under Configuration 2. And that configuration looks like this:

Configuration2Please make sure before you order that it matches up to yours. We do not guarantee that all of them will match, so it’s best to make sure before you place your order. After you find that it does match you can choose from many back plates, and then from many levers and finishes. There are a lot of styles to help make it fit your own unique, modern, rustic or whatever other style you may have. Please call us if you need help! Otherwise, happy mix and matching!

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!

 

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.

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.