Door Hardware at Vikingsholm

This summer for our family vacation we went to beautiful Lake Tahoe and had a great time with the kids. On one day we went over to tour a cool old castle called Vikingsholm at Emerald Bay which is on the southwest shore of the lake. This place was fun to visit and had some interesting history, and of course I checked out the architecture and cool door hardware there.myphome 1020

Vikingsholm was a summer home built in 1929 by Lora Josephine Knight. She bought a big chunk of land at Emerald bay, including Fannette Island, for $250,000. That’s around 3.5 million in today’s money. The home was built out of materials found locally at Lake Tahoe. Granite stones for the foundation and outer walls were quarried on site, and the timber for the structure was cut from that area too. The foundation was laid in 1928 and the rest of the building was completed the following summer. She had hired 200 craftsmen who lived in temporary barracks while they built the home. Vikingsholm was crafted to replicate scandanavian buildings from the 11th century. myphome 1021The workmanship on this place was amazing. Some of the more memorable features are the wood carvings on the structure of the home, paintings on the ceilings and walls and the hand crafted furniture. Some parts of the heavy timber construction were done with tightly fitting joinery with no nails or pegs consistent with the methods used in 11th century Sweden.

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Entrance door lock interior

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Guest bedroom door locks

Check out the door hardware from the main entrance. The handle on the top left draws the latch. The little face on the top of the lock is attached to a pin that drops down in the lock, I couldn’t tell what the function of that was. Keyhole at the bottom to lock or unlock.  All of the guest bedrooms had these sweet looking locks imported from Sweden according to our tour guide. The locksets have a latch that can be opened from the inside, but can only be locked from the outside. Apparently the idea on security at the time was that the hostess would lock all of the guests into their rooms at night and then she would lock herself into her own room. Doesnt seem too safe by today’s standards, but I guess there were less problems if everyone was locked into their room for the night.

All of the doors had the cool old strap hinges on them.myphome 1035 These hinges, along with the fireplace screens and metal light fixtures were forged by hand on site.  Vikingsholm was an amazing place. Much to be admired there as it was built in the early 1900’s by skilled craftsmen. The detail on this place was unbelievable. Today Vikingsholm is owned by the State of California, its been very well preserved and is a fun place to visit. Also plan on a short hike to Eagle Falls and playing at the sandy beach, or rent a kayak right there at Emerald Bay.

What is a Door Hinge with a Non Removable Pin?

A door hinge with a non removable pin isn’t uncommon, but that’s not to say that it is common. Yes we get customers from time to time requesting this specific type of hinge, but why? I’m sure you have figured out what a non removable pin hinge is. It’s hopefully pretty self explanatory. It’s where the pin of the hinge can not be removed when the door is shut.



So why would you want this, why would people request this? Because it may be a little harder to install the door, some of the hinges will require you to have to take the entire hinge off along with the door if for some reason you are removing the door. There are some brands that have a screw that holds the pin in place and when the door is completely shut you can not remove the pin, but you can remove the pin from the inside when the door is open by removing the screw. This makes it easier to install the door(s). Now back to the question why most people even order this option. Sometimes you will find an exterior door where the door opens out, or in other words the hinges are exposed on the outside of the door. If you order regular hinges, an intruder could easily tap out the pin and get inside. They wouldn’t even have to think about messing with the lock. So non removable pins come in handy for this purpose. It keeps the owner worry free.


Most all the hinges come standard with removable pins. Non removable pin hinges are available with almost any Emtek or PHG hinge upon request. They do cost a few dollars more, but we can easily order them for you if you need. Just give us a call and we would be happy to help you order! 877-852-9449.

Great Looking Door Hardware from Omnia



Omnia is a new brand to our site and it’s exciting because they have all kinds of unique and modern style door hardware. This brand is designed with quality solid brass and since 1964 Omnia has offered a wide selection of door hardware such as, door knobs, lever handles, deadbolts, handlesets, sideplates, hinges, cabinet hardware and all the other miscellaneous stuff you can think of!

Omnia Door knobs are a great quality and made of solid brass (just like the rest of their hardware). Each design is unique and you may never find an equal. You can choose from many many styles and finishes. Some more intricate than others, some modern,  and some vintage.
The Omnia lever handles have a little more of a modern feel to each of them. Most are stainless steel and will fit perfectly into today’s modern designs. The levers that are not stainless steel are made of solid brass, which offer lots of different finishes.
Deadbolts from Omnia will secure your home or other application such as an office. You can choose from single cylinder or double cylinder options. Be sure to check out all the different designs and finishes!
Handlesets are a great thing to have on an entry door. Providing security as well as a fashionable taste. Omnia provides stylish designs to choose from to fit your personal style.
Like handlesets, Omnia Sideplates are another handy and stylish piece of hardware to add to an entry door. With a full plate, deadbolt and door knob/lever, you can feel secure as well as provide a great look to your door. These are a little more modern.
Hinges and other misc hardware from Omnia will provide great quality as well as design to match the rest of your Omnia hardware.
Don’t forget your kitchen cabinets! Omnia also has a huge selection of cabinet pulls and knobs. Again, some more great modern designs to look over.

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New Spring Pivot Hinges

First of all, we have a new brand to introduce to the site called Bommer. We will be adding more new items from this brand to our site in the near future. Right now we have only a few items added, and the items are called Spring Pivot Hinges. One is heavy duty and the other is more of a medium duty spring pivot hinge.

So basically how this spring pivot hinge works is that you would mount the set to the top and bottom of your door and it works like a double acting hinge, meaning that this hinge can pivot in both directions, or in other words the door can swing both in and out. A few examples where you may most likely find these type of doors are in department stores, the doors in the back of the store where they keep storage and restaurants, the doors leading to the kitchen areas, so the people working there don’t have to set things down to open the door – it makes it easy for them to bring out a big plate of food hands free. My grandma also had the swinging doors, saloon style leading in to her kitchen before they remodeled. I am sure you can think up several other places these style doors are found, and they are more common than one might think.

The Bommer Spring Pivot Hinges are made with anti friction bearings, have a steel mechanism, the spring tension can be adjusted to fit your specific needs, and these also have a hold open capability when opened about 85 degrees. You don’t have to worry about getting the handing when ordering, because these are non handed hinges, making it one less thing to have to figure out when placing your order. The difference mainly between the medium duty and the heavy duty is the maximum door weight limit. The medium hinges can only hold up to 90 lbs, which may be all you need – where as the heavy duty hinge can hold up to 150 lbs.

Affordable Hardware

I know it can get super overwhelming and maybe even frustrating when it’s time to start looking for all new hardware for your home. It might be scary to think of how much it will cost when it’s all said and done. Maybe you are on a tight budget and are not looking to spend an arm and a leg for all the hardware, but still want every piece to look really great. Believe it or not, you can have all of that! Sure Loc is affordable and offers pretty much every style you can think of – like rustic, decorative or elegant styles, and modern. You will find a variety of finishes with every style. But the most important part is just how affordable Sure Loc really is! I think modern styles are probably the most popular right now and if you compare Sure-Loc’s modern lever prices with other higher quality brands that carry a similar modern style, you will see that you can nearly get 2 Sure Loc Modern style levers for the price of one from other brands.

Check out the Sure Loc Juneau Modern Lever for kicks- The most popular modern lever from Sure-Loc.

There is more where that came from. The Sure Loc modern levers example was to just give you an idea of what Sure Loc is all about. Great styles that are affordable. There are lots of other style to check out too. Maybe you are more about rustic rough edges and dark finish sandcast, if that’s true you might like the Sure Loc Wasatch Handleset:

Or how about classy and elegant? Sure Loc also offers bath hardware, cabinet hardware and other miscellaneous items (like door stops and hinges and whatever else) some more fancy than others. Sure Loc Sage Series bath hardware is definitely fancy:

Like I said already and I will say it again, there is plenty more hardware from Sure Loc to look through and all of it is affordable as well as good looking!

Modern Style Hinges

There are so many kinds of hinges out there. So many. So many finishes and so many designs. And don’t forget about the different sizes (from 3.5″ up to 5″) and round or square corners. The sizes depend on what type of application you will be installing them to. Bigger sizes are better for bigger and heavier doors and smaller hinges are for the regular doors you will find in most homes that are not solid. Now going back to styles of hinges, you can find pretty much you can imagine. Some can be really decorative with all kinds of designs on the hinge. Some are more plain and simple, and then there is modern, which is so popular now. But what does a modern hinge look like?

Modern we all know is a lot of clean lines and can look really simple, but all put together can make a pretty bold statement. Most hinges you will find will have a round knuckle style. The hinge shown below is a modern style with a round knuckle.

Linnea if you don’t know already has a huge selection of all kinds of modern style hardware and they came out with some great modern style hinges (found here) with square corners and square knuckles, which is not something very common for hinges.

The square knuckle style makes the hinge stand out more because it’s different and different means it is more unique and that makes things interesting. Modern can be so simple and also so sleek.

This square knuckle style hinge is available in 3.5″, 4″, and 4.5″. So depending on what type of door you are installing these will depend on the size you choose. The bigger and heavier the door, the bigger hinge you will need. Any of the square knuckle hinges are available in brushed nickel, polished chrome or oil rubbed bronze finishes.

New Finish From Emtek – White Bronze

Emtek has come out with a brand new product, White Bronze finish. This beautiful new finish is available for the sandcast bronze passage, privacy, and dummy sets, most entry sets and deadbolts.

White Bronze is a new material for Emtek. Brand new! It was released just this September 2012. “There was a great deal of excitement here when we were finally able to unveil our first White Bronze products to the world,” Emtek says, “it was a culmination of many months of hard work. While this material is new for us, we’ve worked with bronze itself for many years. It is only fitting that we have done so, because bronze has been used by humankind since 3,600 B.C (…”

Apparently there is a whole era named after the bronze material, called The Bronze Era. The use of copper or bronze was only the most stable and therefore the most diagnostic part of a cluster of features marking the period ( This material was used in many places before arriving to America, such as ancient Egypt, Asia, and Europe. Bronze allowed for the creation of tools, weapons, armor and more. Bronze was sturdier than their stone or copper. Soldiers fought with bronze swords, Egyptian Pharaohs were paid homage with bronze statues and headpieces and many of ancient Greece’s famous sculptures were cast in bronze.

There are 2 reason’s that Bronze is still used today, says Emtek, “Durability and beauty. For all the time that has past, bronze still holds up as one of the best materials for casting.  Many techniques used in days of old are still in place today. We’ve found ways to be more energy efficient and create less waste, but the tried and true ways of shaping and polishing bronze hold steady. When we send out an Emtek door hardware set, the expectation is for that product to last our customer for many years to come.”

A great way to compliment the new White Bronze door hardware, Emtek hinges in the new polished nickel finish!


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Standard Door Prep

What is standard for door prepping? We talked all about door thickness in this post, so then what is the standard door prep? The door prep is basically talking about the part where the door hardware goes, you know the holes in the door where you will eventually install the door knob, lever, handleset and/or deadbolt.  I am reminding you now that I am talking about standard door prep, that doesn’t mean your door can’t be prepped differently. Standard prep is the easiest to find replacements for and standard prep is how the door will come if you were to buy a door at home depot or something like that. Starting with an Entrance door,

Exterior/Front Door Prep

Entrance doors usually have two bore holes. Because it requires a deadbolt above and that goes for if you order a handleset, sideplate or just a basic deadbolt with entrance knob/lever. And the standard bore hole size is 2-1/8 inches in diameter and the cross bore hole is 1 inch diameter. If you measure the standard distance from bore hole to bore hole or the center to center (CC) measurement, it is 5-1/2 inches (there are some other commonly used size CC preps like 3-5/8″, 2 7/8″ or even 6″ CC – so don’t think you are at a loss if your door is not standard – call us). You can see where the backset’s measurement is shown at the bottom of the image – standard backset is 2-3/8 inches or 2-3/4 inches.


This other standard door prep is for basically any other door that does not require a deadbolt lock like a passage, privacy or and keyed entrance function. You will see most of these type of preps on interior doors. It’s pretty much the same as the first, 2-1/8 inch diameter bore, 1″ cross bore and 2-3/8 inches or 2-3/4 inches backset.

If you have standard prep, you can pretty much order any type of hardware you want as most everything easily accommodates the standard prepping, but don’t fret if you don’t have standard doors, we have hardware for that too! All you have to do is measure then contact us and we can help find what will work on your door whether it’s standard or not!


Ball, Steeple and Finial Tips for Hinges:

Ball tips, Steeple Tips and Finial Tips are fabulous little decorative tips to dress up a door hinge. There are some hinges you will find that come with the tips already included on the hinge. For instance, Omnia and Taamba have a few different styles or you can check out Nostalgic Warehouse’s in the Antique Hardware section. These hinges from Taamba and Nostalgic Warehouse are more on the dressier side of hinges. Check out this decorative hinge from Taamba,

The ball tips and steeple tips from Emtek are ordered separately from the hinges. Ball and steeple tips, not to be confused with the Extended Button Tips, which are threaded, extended tips that attaches to the solid brass hinges so that the Emtek Hinge Pivot Stop can be used on the Emtek Solid Brass hinge. All Emtek Hinge tip sets are included with four tips and threaded pins for one pair of hinges. And each tip set is different to fit each size set of hinge that Emtek offers, so when ordering make sure it will fit the same size hinge you are ordering or already have. They are compatible with the Solid Brass Residential Duty hinges, Heavy Duty hinges and Ball Bearing hinges. And you can get the tips in Polished Brass, French Antique, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Pewter, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Flat Black, Deep Burgundy, Medium Bronze, Rust, Silver, Patina and Satin Steel!

Omnia Door Hinge Finials are just like the steeple tips and ball tips, except there are a few more tip styles to choose from and will fit on any Omnia brand hinge (a little more simple to order than Emtek).

The Acorn, Ball, Crown, Steeple, and Urn Finials will fit any size Omnia hinge or either plain or ball bearing. These are threaded and will simply screw on to the ends of the hinge and you do not need to remove the hinge pin to attach.

What is a Non-Removable Pin Hinge?

I have found that there are a lot of people that don’t realize how many different kinds of hinges there are. You can’t just walk into a hardware store and and ask the first guy you see, “Get me some hinges.” He might look at you funny, because he’s waiting for you to tell him what kind. Then he will ramble off the sizes and all the different types like round corner, square corner, round and square corner, residential, commercial, non removable pin… bla bla bla… Now you are looking at him funny. I know what you are thinking, it’s a lot to take in all at once, but before you go rip you hair out, let me explain how it can be quite simple. Before you even think about where you are going to make your purchase for replacing some of your door hinges, go over these 4 steps. Now moving on to determine if you need non-removable pins for your hinges…

What is a Non-Removable Pin Hinge?

There are removable and non-removable pin hinges. Removable hinges are most common. Non-removable pin hinges are used on exterior or locking doors where the hinges are visible on the outside. Normally you wouldn’t need a non-removable pin hinge. The reason is because most hinges are on the inside of the locking doors, but that’s not always the case. When your door is closed you will be able to see the hinges protruding on one side (normally the inside) of the door. If you were to install regular hinges with removable pins on the outside of a locking door, let’s just say it’s your front door for instance, an intruder would be able to tap out the pins and the door would open right up. This is where the non-removable pins come in and save the day. They keep the door secure, and you worry free. So, all you need to do is check and see if the exterior, locking, or door you need secure has visible hinges on the outside, if it does you will want to order non-removable pin hinges.

Lot’s of the hinges on our site are available with non-removable pins, just check in the description or contact us.