5 Inch Backset

 

What is a Backset?

What is a backset? This is one of our commonly asked questions – and it’s also an important one! This is where you measure from the edge of the door to the center of the bore hole (the large hole where the door knob is mounted). This is a lot easier to measure when you do not have any hardware on your door, but not impossible if you do have the hardware still on. You just may have to strain your eyes a bit more.

238BacksetStandard backsets are either a 2 3/8″ backset or 2 3/4″ backset. This picture (above) shows a 2 3/8″ backset measurement, which is the most common, but 2 3/4″ is very common as well – you may find the 2 3/4″ backset is most often seen on exterior doors. If you can tell that your backset is obviously either 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″, there are lots of brands that carry an adjustable backset making it easier for you to order.

 

What if you have a 5″ Backset?

5″ backsets are a little more uncommon, but I think we hear the need for some more and more these days. If you do measure and it looks like it is around 5″, that doesn’t mean there are no options. In fact there are many from Schlage and Kwikset who both offer 5″ backsets. We now have a 5″ backset option on our site when you are placing your order. That means if you find a door knob or lever that you like from Kwikset or Schlage you can select the 5″ backset option at no extra cost. Or if you are looking to order just a 5″ backset, Schlage and Kwikset both have backset latches that you can order separately. If you are looking to order just the 5″ backset latches check below:

 

 

Keyless Locks – Electronic vs. Mechanical

Keyless locks are great and are actually getting to be more common on residential places. It’s probably because they are so handy and you don’t have to worry about keys! Going keyless can make it really easy for your kids to get into the house when they come home from school or other activities. You don’t have to worry about them being responsible for a key. These are also handy tools for if you are known to lock yourself out of your own house (we’ve all been there, don’t worry) and forgot to hide a spare key somewhere outside. You’ll just have to remember a simple code and your in!

 

What’s the Difference Between Electronic and Mechanical?

 

The easiest explanation of each type is that Electronic locks are battery operated and often have a light up keypad, where as Mechanical locks do not require batteries or power of any kind.

 

What are the Pros and Cons?

 

Now, I don’t have either of these fine gadgets on my own home, but I was able to stay in a few condos over the summer (my husband travels a lot for work, and I get to go with him sometimes) and I was able to try out both the electronic deadbolt and mechanical deadbolt depending on the condo we stayed in. So I can tell you what I liked and disliked about each. I found them both way way a million times better than using a plain old school key and that’s the biggest pro of all. But digging a bit deeper…

Our first experience was that of the the Electronic style. It was a dream. So easy to use. We got there really late at night, so it was dark and the keypad lit right up so we could easily punch in the code and entered the lovely condo. It also had a way nice lock button, so when you shut your door to leave, all you had to do was simply push the button and it locked like magic. Again, no silly key! I know that some electronic locks can lock automatically after you shut the door, but this one you had to hit the button to lock, or it stayed unlocked. Now I can’t remember for sure, but it looked an awful lot like this Kwikset electronic deadbolt. The only con I can come up with for this one was that by the end of our one of many trips to this place, the lock was starting to sound really funny. Kinda like it was dying. When we came back on our next visit I got to chatting with the owner of that particular condo and she told me that a guest was locked out because the batteries had died. I don’t know about you, but that’s sorta a scary nightmare! I guess it would be a good idea to hide a spare key (because the keyless deadbolts still have an option for key access) outside in case this happens.

On another one of our visits we were able to use the mechanical style lock similar to this style from Lockey. Again we got there really late at night and it was dark dark dark. Mechanical locks don’t use any kind of power or battery remember? So there was no light up keypad to easily enter the code. We had to use our phones as a flashlight to enter in the dark. No big deal, but the light up keypad is a really nice feature to have. This lock worked really smooth. And how cool is it that it doesn’t use any batteries or power? You will never have to worry about the battery dying on you, which is a huge pro! One thing we really disliked when entering the condo was after you enter the code you have to twist the knob on the deadbolt and hold it and use your other hand to turn your handle (or in this case it was a thumb lever like you would see on a handleset) to get inside. If you don’t hold the knob on the deadbolt before you let go and try to turn your handle it will automatically lock again, then you will have to re-enter the code and try again. A little frustrating. I’m not sure if all the mechanical locks are this way or not, so keep that in mind.

 

Electronic Pros:

  • Easy to use and easily installed.
  • Provide multiple codes of your choice and can be added or deleted whenever you wish.
  • Keypad lights up by touch to make it easy to enter your codes in the dark
  • Come in many many finishes and designs

Electronic Cons:

  • Batteries may die on you

 

Mechanical Pros:

  • Smooth working
  • Easy to use and easy to install
  • Easy to change codes and change as often as needed
  • No batteries
  • Mechanical Reliability
  • Heavy duty

Mechanical Cons:

  • No light up keypad

 

What Hardware Do I Need for a Pocket Door?

What is a Pocket Door?

(homeconstructionimprovement.com)

A Pocket door is a sliding door that disappears when it’s opened all the way – it slides right into the adjacent wall.

Pocket doors are pretty popular in homes because they don’t take the up space like a regular door would. With regular doors, you would have to figure out what side and which way you want it to swing open and making sure that it doesn’t take up valuable space for furniture or family pictures. With a pocket door all you need is a wall that it can slide into and the proper prepping.

What Hardware Do I Need for a Pocket Door?

Emtek Privacy Pocket Door Hardware

Pocket doors can’t use any old door knob or lever. These special doors need special hardware that are flush to the door so it can slide right into the compartment when fully opened. And a pocket door also needs the special hardware so it can slide in and out of the wall, but we will get into that later. For starters, lets go over what kind of hardware there is to get a grip on the door. The hardware is called pocket door hardware, go figure.

There are several different brands of pocket door hardware to choose from like Sure-Loc, Emtek, Linnea, Kwikset, Schlage and Omnia. And many styles and finishes as well. There are square or rectangle styles (aka standard), like the one shown above, or you can find round, mortise, and other styles

The standard pocket door lock is the most common and used on a door slab with a notch cut out of the edge. These are pretty easy to install and include a finger pull on the edge of the hardware which is one of the reasons they are more popular. The round pocket door lock is a great option if the door slab you are using already has a hole bored in it for a standard door knob. If your door is already prepped this way, the other pocket door lock styles will not work for you. Third is a mortise lock box style. This type of pocket door lock is a nice, high end lock, but it does require more technical carpentry to prep the door properly. Neither the round style or Mortise style of pocket door hardware includes a finger pull so you may want to purchase one to be mounted above or below the pocket door lock of your choosing.

Make sure you are paying attention to whether it says privacy or passage in the titles and/or description. Privacy means it will have a little privacy turn button, so it can be used on a bathroom or a bedroom door. If you don’t need a privacy lock, look for the hardware that says it’s a passage, it won’t have any type of lock.

So now that we understand what is needed to get a grip, how about the hardware you’ll need for the sliding action? Check out the pocket door hardware kit from Stanley on the site. It’s designed for a 3′ wide and 6’8″ tall door opening. And includes: 1 header tracker, 1 pair of hangers, 2 guides, 1 bumper, 1 jamb stud set, 1 wrench, 2 end brackets, and 2 base plates. Now you should be good to go.

 

 

 

Kwikset Smart Key

Just recently my sister witnessed someone breaking in to their neighbors car. Her husband got out the door a little too late before they had what they were looking for, but he did scare them off. And before this quite a few neighbors down the road got hit. Nobody felt very safe after this and they all were feeling like maybe it was a good time to re-key their deabolts and locks to their houses. What a scary feeling.

Kwikset offers what they call Smart Key, or the Smart Key approach to home security (more info here). What’s neat about this feature is that you can re-key your “smart key” locks as often as you want while maintaining high level security. And what a comforting feeling that is to have high security.

Kwikset’s top reasons to re-key:

  • Lost keys – do you have any idea how often this happens? I know I have lost keys before. What good is a lost key?
  • Stolen keys – let’s hope this one isn’t as often. This is an uneasy feeling.
  • Un-returned keys – I am sure this happens to a lot of renters out there.
  • Just moved – this one is kinda a given, I hope that the locks are changed when you move in to a knew place.
  • Want more home security
  • One key convenience for all locks
  • Remodeling/updating home – For all the people you give out keys to that are helping with remodeling or updating or upgrading, a good idea to change the lock.

So what’s so great about the smart key?

Well for starters they have what is called drill resistance which means that the lock uses steel balls in the front of the key face to resist attack from the bad guys that try and drill into your lock to break the lock and are able to get in. The smart key function also includes a bump guard and this provides protection against lock bumping which is an attack technique used to defeat pin tumbler locks. This is just to name a few, you can check out more reasons here.

How does it work?

First you will need to have your functioning key and smart key learn tool for this to work.

You do it all yourself as often as needed! I think the SmartKey makes life a whole lot easier.

 

What is ANSI?

You may have seen something like “Conforms with ANSI…” next to the UL rated sign on some of the commercial hardware. But what does ANSI mean? If you happened to read the UL Listing post you may know a little bit about it. It stands for American National Standards Institute. This is an agency that tests and sets standards for lots of things.

You may also see something about BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers), which is a similar agency to ANSI. Unlike ANSI, BHMA specifically tests door hardware, where ANSI could be pretty much testing anything. To be a little more specific on testing and setting standards, ANSI grades the hardware for strength and longevity. You may have noticed that door hardware has different grades like grade 1, grade 2 and grade 3. Those are ANSI grades.

Grade 1 being the highest or the most heavy duty grade for door hardware. Grade one is used for public buildings, like schools or hospitals etc.

Grade 2 is considered more of a light commercial and used on apartment buildings, dentist offices or pretty much any office or business. For example, the Schlage F-Series residential and Weslock residential locks have a grade 2 rating.

Grade 3 is basically all the simple hardware you would find in the home. The doors at home aren’t used quite as often as more public places so they don’t require heavy duty hardware. Hardware like the Kwikset residential is a grade 3. And Sure-Loc would probably be a grade 3 if ANSI rated it.

 

All About Backsets:

A backset is the distance from the edge of your door to the center of the bore hole (the big hole where the doorknob is mounted).

Most doors today are already prepped with the standard sizes. A 1″ cross bore hole, 2 1/8″ bore hole, and prepped to fit either 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″ backsets. Lots of times the backsets that come with the hardware you purchase are adjustable between these 2 sizes, which makes ordering a whole lot easier. Some hardware, this isn’t always the case and you may find that it isn’t even a standard size backset. So to be safe, you should go and measure your door to make sure of the size backset you need to order. The easiest way to figure out what  you need is to measure from the edge of the door where the latch goes in and out to the highest part of your bore hole, or the highest part of the existing knob’s backplate.

The sizes that we just mentioned for tubular backsets aren’t the only sizes out there for standard doors, there are a couple more that we offer on our site. For instance, the 2″ tubular backset is more uncommon, but there are some doors we have found that require a size smaller than 2-3/8″. This 2″ backset size is made by Brass Accents, just give us a call to order.

Also, there are some cases where the backset measurement is bigger than the 2-3/4″, and you may find that your measurement is a 5″ backset. Again, a 5″ backset isn’t as common as the standard sizes, but we see them more often then the 2″, and because it’s a little more common that means you’ll find it’s offered in a bigger variety. Kwikset and Schlage brands offer this size with pretty much any of the hardware they carry, all you have to do is request a 5″ backset.

So what if you have a mortise style door? It’s basically the same idea if you are trying to measure. Just find the center where the door knob would go through and measure from that point to the edge of the door. Generally the backset sizes for these mortise styles will be either 2-1/2″ or 2-3/4″. But Baldwin carries a special 1-1/2″ and 2″ backset mortise box for narrow stiles.

If you need more help, give us a call and we can help you find the hardware with the right size backset for you!

Kwikset Signature Series Katara Lever

Kwikset Katara Lever

The Kwikset Katara Lever’s simple elegance will bring that modern design you’ve been searching for straight to your door.

Available as entrance, like shown above, privacy, passage and single dummy functions.

Choose from 4 available finishes, polished chrome, venetian bronze, satin nickel, or satin chrome.

 

Kwikset Commonwealth Lever

Kwikset Commonwealth Lever

 

“This hardware is surprisingly well made given the price. The quality of the finish is high. Kwikset has a good design and robust internal springs and components…”

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– Satisfied Customer from Florida

 

The Commonwealth Lever is available in 10 finishes and 4 functions.

Beautiful. Simple. Clean.

You can save 5% when ordering Kwikset.

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