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!

 

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.

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.

 

Weiser History

It’s interesting to find the background of the brands we carry on our site. Like for example Baldwin made some rim locks for the famous Jackie Kennedy. That’s pretty neat! I’m sure not all of the brands will have a famous background, but it’s still interesting to find out when and where they started and all that jazz.

Weiser started in 1904 as a family owned foundry (or a workshop or factory for casting metal) in California. Weiser has a little bit of famous background as well. When they started they specialized in custom designed hardware and some of these were featured in films and used in the homes of movie stars!

Later down the road in 1967 – 1985 Weiser was purchased by  Norris Industries Inc and merged with Masco Building Products Corporation. And then in October of 2003 the Black & Decker Corporation (a leading global manufacturer and marketer of power tools and accessories, hardware and home improvement products, and technology 0 based fastening systems) purchased Weiser.

Starting 1996 Weiser started introducing new products like the Powerbolt Keyless Deadbolt. This deadbolt provides quick and easy entry for families with just a simple access code. Then in 2000, Weiser built a brand new manufacturing facility in Mexico that was 285,000 square feet. 2001 they expanded their products with new styles and new finishes. And in 2006 they introduced their finest line of door hardware.

“We’ve taken 100 years of experience and crafted our most distinctive line of products, in the latest styles and finishes, with the highest level of security available for your home.”

“Weiser will continue to address your needs with innovative, quality products, a focus on fashion and style, exceptional customer service and a commitment to “go the extra mile”. After all, we have a second century to build!”

“Weiser… for a lifetime of innovative style & security.” – WeiserLock.com

 

Can Finishes Tell You Something?

Can finishes really tell you something about yourself? Well according to Weiser (under What does your door knob say about you?) yes they can! “Your home’s entrance can tell a lot about your personality.”

When choosing a finish that suits your fancy, it can be a really overwhelming chore. So what Weiser has done, is give a brief summary of what each finish can say about your personality and style:

  • A Venetian Bronze finish is a throw back to yesteryear, it suits someone who is nostalgic, paints their home in warm roses and cream colours and has a soft spot for classic Victorian décor. Personality traits of these individuals include: conscientious, dependable, steady and conservative. Their hobbies might include classical music, fine dining, designer clothes and trips to Rome.

 

  • A Satin Stainless Steel finish is for someone who likes clean, polished and modern looks. Their home is very simple, bright and airy, probably with a lot of windows and open spaces. Symbolic of this individual would be innocence, purity and naivete. People who chose this finish are probably into alternative or indie rock, wearing jeans with a t-shirt, vacationing on the beach and chowing down on sushi.

 

  • A Rustic Pewter finish is chosen by someone who prefers an average suburban house to a modern mansion. This person often has a good business sense but tends to work too much. They love classic rock, attending sporting events, eating cheeseburgers and taking camping trips at national parks.

 

  • An Iron Black finish evokes a very mysterious feel. Door knobs which are all black represent a dignified and impressive look, without being showy. These people most likely love emo music, visiting Eastern bloc countries, wearing all black wardrobes and eating at ethnic restaurants.

 

  • A Bright Brass finish has yellow undertones, representing happiness and imagination. The people who choose this have sunny personalities and a great sense of humour. Hobbies of this person include, visiting glitzy Las Vegas, wearing bright clothing and accessories, listening to pop music and dining at chain restaurants.

 

This list can possibly make things a lot more simple to help anyone to choose what finish to go with. A lot less overwhelming. I think I may fall into the Satin Stainless Steel category. What about you?

 

What Does Your Door Knob Say About You?, Author: Stephen Murdoch, Black & Decker, OEB Enterprise.

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.