Single Action Lock for Day Care Centers

 

When updating or replacing door hardware in a children’s day care center, it can be a challenge finding the right balance between safety and convenience.  Something secure, yet easy to operate is essential.  Maybe your Fire Marshall or Building Inspector is requiring a specific kind of lock.  If regulations require locks on all exit doors to release upon turn of the knob or lever, our 5.5 Inch Center-to-Center Interconnected Commercial Locksets are the perfect fit.  Also in accordance with most state and local regulations, there is no key or special knowledge/effort required to operate these locks when exiting a building.  Even when the door is locked from the outside with a key, or from the inside with a thumbturn, all you need to do is push the lever down or turn the knob to exit the building.  These locksets are equipped with an interconnect device between the knob/lever and the deadbolt, requiring a single action to unlock both simultaneously.  Once out of the building, it does not lock behind you making it a quick, easy exit without locking anyone out.  Virtually a panic-proof lock for both children and staff.

If you are updating or renovatinga children day care center, our 5.5-inch CC Interconnected Locksets such as the locks pictured below, are the ideal hardware replacements.

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock with Hancock Knob 5.5 CC – Light Commercial

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock – Shown in Satin Chrome with Kingston Lever – Light Commercial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EzSet 5.5 Inch CC Interconnected Commercial Lockset

EzSet 5.5 Inch CC Interconnected Commercial Lockset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These locks require standard door preparation, which most doors already have.  In other words, the distance between the centers of the two bore holes on the door measures 5.5 inches.  So not only are these locks sleek and efficient, they also fit the most common door preparation out there. You can view these, as well as the rest of our Standard Interconnected Commercial and Residential Locksets here:

http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnect_standard_prep.htm

However, we know that occasionally new doors will have special preparation requirements.  In this case, you will want to check out our interconnected locks that do not require standard door preparation such as the Weslock Unigard Woodward, which requires a 2 7/8” Center-to-Center measurement:

Weslock Unigard Woodward – 2 7/8″ CC Interconnected Lockset shown in Oil Rubbed Bronze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or the EZSet Grade II IRHD Entrance Interconnected Leverset which requires a 4” Center-to-Center:

EZSet Grade II IRHD Entrance Interconnected Leverset – shown in Satin Nickel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view our wide range of residential and commercial interconnected locksets, click on the link below:

http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnected_lock.htm

In short, these Single Action Locksets are perfect for any day care center wanting to create a safe and secure environment for both staff and children.  If you have further questions about interconnected locks and how they work, you may refer to our “All About Interconnected Locks” page: http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnected-lock-info.htm

We know there are many style options and applications for interconnected locks. If you need help figuring out which interconnected lock to use, please give us a call at

877-852-9449 Mon-Fri 9-5 Mountain Time, or contact us by email at info@directdoorhardware.com.

Single Action Lock for Assisted Living Facilities

Single Action Lock for Assisted Living Facilities

Are you updating or replacing hardware in an Assisted Living facility? Is your Fire Marshall or Building Inspector requiring a specific kind of lock? Our 5.5 Inch Center-to-Center Interconnected Commercial Locksets may be just what you are looking for. In accordance with most state and local Assisted Living facility regulations, there is no key or special knowledge/effort required to exit. When the door is locked from the outside with a key, or from the inside with a thumbturn, all you need to do is push the lever down or turn the knob to exit. These locksets are equipped with an interconnect device between the knob/lever and the deadbolt, requiring a single action to unlock both simultaneously. Once out of the building, it remains unlocked and will not lock behind you making it the ideal panic-proof lock. Their purpose is to increase efficiency, ease and safety when exiting a building.
When updating or renovating an Assisted Living facility, our 5.5-inch CC Interconnected Locksets such as the locks pictured below, are the ideal replacements.

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock with Hancock Knob 5.5 CC – Light Commercial

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock

Kwikset 508 Interconnected Lock – Shown in Satin Chrome with Kingston Lever

EzSet 5.5 Inch CC Interconnected Commercial Lockset

EzSet 5.5 Inch CC Interconnected Commercial Lockset shown in Polished Chrome

Why? Because they require standard door preparation, which most homes already have. In other words, the distance between the centers of the two bore holes on the door measures 5.5 inches. So not only are these locks sleek and efficient, they also fit the most common door preparation. You can view these, as well as the rest of our Standard Interconnected Commercial and Residential Locksets here:
http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnect_standard_prep.htm
However, we know that some new doors will have special door preparation requirements. In this case, you will want to check out our interconnected locks that do not require standard door preparation such as the Weslock Unigard Premier, which requires a 2 7/8” Center-to-Center measurement:

Or the EZSet Grade II IRHD Passage Interconnected Leverset which requires a 4” Center-to-Center:

EZSet Grade II IRHD Passage Interconnected Leverset shown in Satin Nickel

You can view our wide range of residential and commercial interconnected locksets at http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnected_lock.htm
It’s clear that these Single Action Locksets are ideal for any Assisted Living facility in need of update or hardware replacement, creating a safe and secure environment for its residents. If you have further questions about interconnected locks and how they work, you may refer to our “All About Interconnected Locks” page: http://www.directdoorhardware.com/interconnected-lock-info.htm
We know there are many style options and applications for interconnected locks. If you need help figuring out which interconnected lock to use, please give us a call at
877-852-9449 Mon-Fri 9-5 Mountain Time, or contact us by email at info@directdoorhardware.com.

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.

Commercial Door Knob Functions

When shopping for commercial door hardware there are a lot of functions available to accommodate all kinds of commercial applications. And it may be easier for you to shop this way, knowing what functions does what.

T501An Entry Lock Function: An entry function has a keyed cylinder on the outside and a push button for locking the door on the inside. The inside button will lock the lever on the outside until you unlock it by rotating the inside lever or by using the key on the outside.

 

T511

Entry/Office Lock: This style will have a keyed cylinder on the outside and a turn/push button to lock the inside. The turning button will lock the outside lever which will require the outside lever to be unlocked with the key until the button is manually unlocked by the inside. If its a push button, it will lock the outside lever until you rotate the lever from the inside or you unlock by the key from the outside. The inside lever is always free.

 

T511Office Lock: The office lock will have a keyed cylinder on the outside and a turn button on the inside. Turning the button will lock the outside lever requiring you to use the key to unlock until the button is manually turned or unlocked from the inside. The inside lever is always free.

 

T561Classroom Lock: The classroom lock will have a keyed cylinder on the outside and can be locked and unlocked by the key and the inside lever is always free.

 

T381Exit Security Lock: This lock will retract the latch by either lever except if the key from the inside lever has locked the outside lever. And when the outside lever is locked you can use the key on the outside lever or turn the inside lever to retract the latch.

 

T411Asylum Lock: The Asylum function includes a deadlocking latch bolt and can be operated by the key on either side. Both of the levers will always be inoperable so it will always require a key to open the latch.

 

T571Dormitory Lock: This style also includes a deadlocking latch bolt and can be operated by the levers except when locked by the push button on the inside lever. The key on outside lever will lock or unlock the outside lever and automatically releases the button. Closing the door also releases the push button. The inside lever is always free.

 

T851Storeroom Lock: This style of lock includes a deadlocking latch bolt that is operated by the lever inside or by the key on the outside. Outside lever is always inoperable and inside lever is always free.

 

T851Storeroom (Electrified – Fail Safe): This lock will open the latch bolt by the lever from either side except when the lever is electrically locked. When the outer lever, that is inoperable, is locked the latch bolt retracts by the keyed cylinder from the outside.

 

corridorAssisted Living or Corridor Lock: You can lock or unlock this by the key from outside. The push button locks the lever from the inside. Closing the door or turning inside lever will release the button and unlock the door. When the outside lever is locked by the key it can only be unlocked by the key. The inside lever is always unlocked.

 

T101Passage/Closet Function: No locking mechanism on this function. The function is always unlocked.

 

T301Privacy Hospital Lock: Outside lever is locked by the push button on the inside lever. Rotating the inside lever, closing the door or turning the emergency release turn button on the outside will release the push button. Inside lever is always free.

 

T12

Dummy Trim: This is a single trim that is surface mounted to the door.

 

y161Communicating Passage Lock: The door is opened by the inside lever and the outside is a non removable blank plate.

 

exitExit Non Keyed: This function has a blank plate on the outside and the inside lever is always unlocked.

 

Function_patioPatio Lock: This function is operated by either side unless the outside is locked by the push button from the inside. Unlocks by turning inside lever or closing door.

 

facultyFaculty Restroom Lock: This function has an outside lever that is fixed. Enter by the key only. Push button on the inside lever activates a visual occupancy indicator. An emergency mater key will be able to unlock from the outside if emergency. When turning the inside lever or closing the door will release the visual occupancy indicator. And rotating the inside spanner button provides lock out feature by keeping indicator activated.

Hotel and Motel Commercial Lock: The deadbolt is retracted by the key in the upper lock from the outside or by the inside turn unit. The bolt automatically deadlocks when fully thrown. Deadlatch retracted by the key in outer fixed knob. Push button in inner knob/lever activates visual occupancy indicator. Rotation of inside spanner button provides lockout feature by keeping indicator thrown. Turning inside knob/lever retracts deadbolt and latch simultaneously for immediate exit.

communicatingCommunicating Lock: This is locked or unlocked by the key from the outside and there is a blank plate inside.

 

 

Interchangeable Cores

What are Interchangeable Cores?

EverestICCoreInterchangeable cores, or ic, have a figure 8 shape and can be removed from a lock and can be replaced by another core while this one is installed into a whole different lock.

 

**You can order interchangeable cores alone or if you need commercial locks that have interchangeable cores (IC ready locks) we also have those available (just click on the ‘With Interchangeable Core’ under ‘Narrow By Style’ on the left hand side of the commercial locks page I linked you to).

 

What is the Purpose for Interchangeable Cores?

Interchangeable cores are commonly used on commercial applications and are readily adapted for master keying, which means several locks can be keyed differently, but have one master key that is able to open all of the locks. Interchangeable cores can be set up with spare cores and keys for an easy and quick replacement just in case there was a problem security wise, such as when a key was lost or stolen – Or just for an example, if employed construction workers were allowed access but have finished their work, it may be a good idea to get some new keys. Extracted cores can be recombinated and placed back into storage for future use.

 

How does an Interchangeable Core Work?

Basically you have the figure eight shaped core that you can order with or without the lever/knob lock and with that comes the keys. The most important key that comes with the interchangeable core is the control key, which makes the interchangeable core extract from the lock. Without the control key you will not be able to remove the core from the lock. The control key will not activate your lock, it is only used for removing the core from the lock. Just insert the control key and rotate the key and pull and the entire interchangeable core will come out of the lock with the key. It makes it a really simple and quick way to replace for new locks if needed.

 

 

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:

B571_Occupancy_Indicator

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.

Indicator_Lock

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
VERY NICE
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
ITS A MATTER OF EXCELLENCE
PURCHASED THIS ITEM FOR A GYM I RENOVATED. VERY EASY TO INSTALL, REMOVES THE HASSEL OF A STANDARD LOCK. CUSTOMER SERVICE IS OVER AND BEYOND COMPARISON. VERY PLEASED WITH THIS COMPANY AND THE SERVICE RECEIVED. P.S I PURCHASED 2 LOCKS AFTER I FOUND THE FIRST OF SUPERIOR QUALITY.

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

 

K2 Commercial Hardware

I got looking around Brands and such and thought K2 Commercial Hardware by Stanley hasn’t been talked about yet and this would be a good time to read up on it. Under “About Us” on K2’s site you’ll read their strategy, mission, vision,  and why the K2 name and these things are good to know when trying to find a really good brand.

K2 Commercial Hardware’s strategy and mission is to be the best out there and easy to do business with. Stanley Black & Decker Hardware & Home Improvement is a leading global provider oif architecturally inspired building products, innovatively designed to improve the places where people live and work.

Why the K2 Name? This is the story:

When the BDHHI (Black & Decker Hardware & Home Improvement) commercial hardware team set out to name the new brand, they wanted a name that would mean not only strength and durability, but also beauty. And, of course, the name had to be something that was easily remembered in an already mature marketplace. Finally, it had to pass legal – perhaps the biggest hurdle of all.

The team toyed with names like Paramount and Viking, but neither stuck. As the deadline for a name loomed, the team brainstormed what the brand was really about:

  • Best in class
  • Premium design and quality at a value price
  • Simplification of the customer experience (easy to do business with)
  • Operational excellence
  • Suite of designs – “architecturally pleasing”
  • Grade 1 – solid cast
  • Industry best lead times
  • And more

Competitors were evaluated and their brand names noted. All sorts of names were put on a list and debated. Still, nothing seemed right. The team was tasked with finding even more alternatives.

Then one name made the list that seemed right. K2. This was a name that had multiple meanings. Not only is it the name of arguably the toughest mountain in the world to climb – even tougher than Everest by many accounts – it’s a magnificent mountain, rising to a greater vertical height relative to its neighboring summits than Everest. Its beauty is awe-inspiring, its power daunting. But if you are lucky enough to conquer this majestic summit, the exhilaration of being part of K2 is said to be indescribable. K2 stands for everything BDHHI’s commercial brand is about – strength, durability, beauty, rising above, best in class. And the K2 name conveniently fit for another reason as well. Since K2 commercial hardware is part of the Kwikset family, K2 stands for the next generation of Kwikset – one that will become as legendary as the original Kwikset brand.

 

Sources: About Us, k2commercialhardware.com, Weiser Lock – under Product Series

Commercial vs Residential Door Hardware

The difference between Commercial and Residential door hardware comes down to grade or quality and better grade means you can pretty much use it more without it breaking on you. You would probably never put a residential door knob (or any other type of hardware for that matter) on a commercial application like a public office building like a dentist’s office for example, a residential door knob wouldn’t last a month – this goes for any type of door hardware, like hinges and any other misc. hardware for doors too. Commercial doors are going to get a lot of use, whether its the bathroom or the front door. And for Residential applications like your home, you don’t need commercial grade hardware for your home a simple 3 grade door knob or residential hinges should do the trick. Unless you have a large family like a customer who called in did and the door knob would keep breaking within a few months and they had to replace it two to three times, in that case maybe you do need a commercial grade door knob.

Commercial:

Commercial hardware generally has an ASI grade of 1 or 2, one being the highest and most heavy duty. Commercial hardware not only have heavy duty grades, but also lots of commercial buildings require the hardware to meet certain specifications such as UL Listing, ADA Compliant. You can find all different types of commercial hardware to fit the application you have, check here.

Residential:

Residential hardware is used for your home. You don’t have a ton of people opening and shutting your door a hundred times a day – well maybe you do (like the man I mentioned earlier) I don’t really know, but nine times out of ten I am sure most homes don’t. Residential hardware is made for doors that don’t get as much wear and tear – if you are using a residential door knob for example on a commercial application and it breaks more than once (which it most likely will) and even though some manufactures have warranties that cover for years or even a lifetime – the warranty may be voided if the hardware is being used on a commercial application rather than residential. So make sure you are using your residential hardware on residential applications if you want your warranty to cover replacements.

 

 

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.

ADA Compliant:

ADA stands for The Americans with Disabilities Act, or a law that was put into practice by the United States Congress in 1990. President George H. W. Bush signed this act into law on July 26, 1990. It’s been a law for a little over two decades, although minor changes were made later and effective January 1, 2009. Basically The Americans with Disabilities Act provide guidelines for a product (in our case, doors and door hardware) to meet requirements and rules to make it safe and easy for people with disabilities. Not all door hardware is ADA compliant; although some hardware may fit every rule they may not have the stamp of ADA approval. Generally ADA compliant hardware is in the commercial hardware section, but there are more residential style brands that meet these requirements like some of Weslock’s Levers for example – you will see the ADA symbol marked on the pages of the hardware.

More and more building codes are specifically asking for ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant products. New laws are being incorporated into building codes to allow people with disabilities, such as people using wheel chairs, scooters, walkers or any other sort of disability that limits mobility, more access as well as travel buildings in a much safer way.

Door hardware such as door closers need to meet ADA requirements of strength and size. To be ADA compliant, an interior door can not open with an opening force of more than 5 pounds. Door Hardware handles, pulls, latches, locks and other operating devices on accessible doors should have a simple shape that is easy to grip with one single hand and it should not require tight grasping twisting of the wrist to operate. Levers must have a push type mechanism, U-shaped handles designs are acceptable. For sliding doors – when the sliding doors are opened fully, the hardware must be exposed and usable from both sides of the sliding door. Hardware for accessible doorways should be mounted no higher than 48 inches from the floor. Entrance doors should be connected by an accessible route to all spaces or elements within the building, and to accessible parking and passenger loading zones, public streets or sidewalks if available.

For more guidelines check here.