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:



Commercial Restroom Indicator

Most commercial style restrooms have several stalls inside the restroom for privacy. It’s really easy to tell if one of the stalls is occupied by seeing the person’s feet. But in some applications there is one single bathroom and you have to make sure its not being used by knocking on the door or maybe even pushing on the handle to see if it’s locked or not. Sometimes people forget to lock the door – and that isn’t good for anyone. It’s so great and helpful when there are indicators telling you if there is someone using the restroom. You don’t have to knock, or check the door to see if it’s unlocked. The indicators tell you if the room is “in use” or “vacant”. I know there are a lot of different kinds of restroom indicators, but check out the Schlage Restroom Indicator Deadbolt:


You can clearly see that when the deadbolt is in the lock position it will show an “in use” sign in red. When the deadbolt is not being used it will show a green “vacant” sign. This deadbolt also includes and emergency key to be able to unlock the deadbolt from the outside for in case of an emergency.


Available in several finishes such as, satin chrome, polished brass, antique brass, oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel, bright chrome and aged bronze.

The Schlage’s Restroom Indicator deadbolt is very popular on our site and has great reviews (see below)!

This is a great item to use on any restroom door really. I personally think it works best on a door without a locking deadbolt, requiring the user to lock the door to hold the door in place. That way no one will forget to lock the door. But like I said this will work on any commercial restroom door.


Customer Reviews
Works great………
and installed very well………highly recommend it…

Reviewed by: Mike from Texas. on 10/12/2012
Schlage Restroom Lock
Ths lock was quite easy to install. It works perfectly and looks great! I am glad to have purchased it.

Reviewed by: David from entral islip, NY. on 5/28/2012
installed it in my restaurant. Awesome item, fast shipping and great service

Reviewed by: Abby from Edmonton Alberta CANADA. on 4/22/2012
great value/great product
Works beautifully. Does what is it designed to de.

Reviewed by: Drew Stirton from michigan. on 5/16/2011
Door Lock set
Found a hard to find part very easy at direct door hardware. Site was easy and everything was delivered in good shape and when promised. I would absolutely recommend this site and I will be using them again

Reviewed by: Robert from Arizona. on 3/25/2011
Schlage Commercial Restroom Indicator Deadbolt
Direct Door Hardware was very efficient in the delivery of the deadbolts that I ordered. The deadbolts are very high quality and were easy to install. Very nice for the price!

Reviewed by: Gus from ne. on 2/24/2011

Reviewed by: AMANDA MALCHAN from NY. on 2/9/2011


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.

Schlage B250 Gatelatch

The Schlage single cylinder B250 gatelatch or nightlatch is basically a deadbolt that latches behind you when you leave. You can see the difference between a regular deadbolt latch and the B250 gatelatch in the picture below,

The B250 latch is kind of like an entrance lever or door knob latch, where you can close the door (or gate) behind you and there is no need to turn a knob for it to latch. Compare it to a regular deadbolt latch, where you have to manually turn the inside thumb turn or outside key to bolt the door shut. Don’t try and shut the door when that deadbolt latch is engaged, or you might end up with a dent in your door jam.

The main purpose of the B250 deadbolt is to use it on a gate (hence the name gatelatch) for condos or apartment buildings where it is necessary to keep the door locked after exiting. Maybe for like a pool or maybe a utility room. This way there is no need to require occupants to have a key to exit, there is a turn piece from the inside that you simply turn to exit, and the outside keyed cylinder always stays locked behind them after they exit. And this is also a great idea for emergency reasons, because you don’t want someone to have to try and find a key to exit in case of emergency like a fire for example.

The B250 gatelatch is available as a single cylinder deadbolt, which means it has a keyed cylinder only on the outside. And this deadbolt is also reversible, which means you don’t have to worry about handing when ordering. That makes ordering a lot easier. The gatelatch is also available in Satin Chrome, Oil Rubbed Bronze, or Bright Brass.


Questions About Schlage?

We often have all kinds of questions about door hardware and lots of times we don’t ever know what kind of question someone may be calling about. I’m talking all kinds of questions. Some questions may be totally original and that nobody has ever asked before, but then there are the very common every day questions like how to order, what is a backset, how to determine door handing, can i return the items purchased… etc. Over on Schlage‘s site, they have a page of commonly asked questions about Schlage that I found interesting and hopefully helpful. I chose a few questions that I thought may be the most helpful and/or interesting.

Q: How do you pronounce Schlage?

A: Shh-leg

Q: How many keys come with my Schlage Lock?

A: Schlage mechanical locks come standard with two keys

Q: Can I order a Schlage Lock with two different finishes?

A: Yes, as long as the lock is available in both finishes you choose. This is a custom order and can take about 4 weeks.

Q: How can I clean or care for the lock and finish?

A: For any of the brass finishes, the satin bronze, satin nickel, pewter, aged bronze, and matte black Schlage finishes clean with soft, damp cloth and use mild soap and water.

For oil rubbed bronze finish, wipe with vegetable oil on a soft cloth. Too much oil may leave a residue and may come off on hands. Household detergents and mild abrasive powder may be used to restore the high metal color without seriously affecting the original compound of the metal. Then rub with a paste wax.

For bright chrome and satin chrome finishes, wipe with a soft damp cloth. A high grade chrome polish may be used to restore the shine or satin finish.

*(Check out an earlier post for cleaning the hardware)*

Q: Are Schlage Keypad Locks weather proof?

A: Yes, Keypad locks are resistant to corrosion, environmental conditions, abrasion, pressure washing.

(For more info on weather proof keypad locks check here.)



Sources: Schlage.com, Frequently asked questions.



What Hardware Do I Need for a Pocket Door?

What is a Pocket Door?


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.




Schlage Survey – Locked Out

I came across this post that came from Schlage.com’s News and Events page called, Locked Out In St. Louis. It says, “In St. Louis, many residents are getting locked out of their homes and they’re also out of luck when it comes to finding a hidden emergency key to get in, according to a new “Key Hiding Habits” [The “Key Hiding Habits” public opinion survey was conducted by Russell Research an independent survey research firm, on behalf of Schlage.] survey of local residents.” The survey shows the percentage of people in St. Louis that get locked out in one year and also how many times per year, and a few funny surveys like men vs. women – who holds more keys, who’s more likely to hold a mystery key and where the traditional hiding spot of the spare key would be. I have to admit I laughed a little through the men vs. women surveys.

Getting locked out of the house happens more than one might think. According to the survey, over the past 12 months, 1/4 of those polled have been locked out at lease one time, 12 percent have been locked out twice and 9 percent have been locked out over 5 times! It says that some of the home owners hide an emergency key around the house to prevent this, but out of those that do, 20 percent indicated they forgot where they had hidden the key – and that could lead to another lock out situation.

“A Lost Key can be a real problem for homeowners, especially if they have children who need to gain entrance to the home after school or activities, or if homeowners need to provide access to anyone else while they’re not home,” said Chris DeSchamp, Schlage Portfolio Leader, Electronic Security. “instead of hiding a key and hoping it can be found, a safe easy solution is to upgrade to an electronic keypad lock. It can be installed in just minutes and solves security headaches for families.”

This next part of the survey is the percentage of people and where they find their lost keys. 58 percent of women most often find the lost keys in their purse. I am guilty of this, and it’s been more than once for sure. Can you guess where the men most likely find missing keys? 18 percent –  in their pocket, 17 percent – in a drawer, and 15 percent – in their car.

Men vs. Women:

On an average, men carry more keys than women. Almost all respondents say they carry multiple keys.

1/5 of the respondents carry at least one key they don’t even use. Men were more likely than women to carry the useless mystery key.

Where do you think most people would hide their emergency key when growing up? 1/2 of respondents remember the hidden spare key and where they hid it. Most often were hidden under a flowerpot, doormat, bush or inside a fake rock. A good side note to all of you would be not to use any of these hiding spots.



interconnect locks

Interconnect (also known as emergency egress) locks are offered all over the site. Interconnect lock’s interior mechanism, like shown above, makes it possible when turning the knob/lever below will release the lock on the deadbolt above and making it a quick and easy exit. This interconnect device option is only available with the single cylinder, not the double cylinder, as the double cylinder requires a key to unlock from both sides. If you are looking in the handleset section,  you want to look for the handlesets that have a full back plate and you can see that the deadbolt and handle are sharing the plate (see image below), all of the Emtek handlesets with the full back plate have an interconnect device option and you will just have to mark the box if you want the feature. There are also Baldwin handlesets with this interconnect feature.

A handleset that has a separate deadbolt from the handle, like shown above on the right, can not include this feature.To make it easier to search for interconnect handlesets, click on the Emergency Egress/Interconnect button under the handle sets category at the top. It will give list all of the handlesets with the interconnect mechanism.

You can also find the interconnect feature with some of the sideplates. All of the Emtek 5 1/2″ CC Sideplates have the interconnect device option if you are ordering the single cylinder (not double cylinder) if you choose to select it when ordering. Interconnect devices are not available for the Emtek 3 5/8″ CC sideplates.

Looking for commercial grade for with this feature? Under commercial hardware there is a list of categories to the left and you can “narrow by style” by clicking interconnected locks. You can scroll down through all the interconnected locks and find what will work for your application! Now when looking through the commercial interconnect devices after looking for a full plate under the handleset category, you might think that some of these aren’t right because the deadbolt is separated from the lever. It looks that way on the exterior part of the lockset, but all of the commercial interconnect locks have a full plate on the inside of the door and the mechanism works the same.

The interconnect locks or emergency egress locks make exiting so much more simple all you need is one hand. It’s a good feature to have for commercial applications especially in case of an emergency.

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!