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.


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″.


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.



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.



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).



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.



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.



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.


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.



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.


Low Profile Lock for Screen or Storm Door

Low_Profile1_300There are tons and tons of options when it comes to choosing a knob or lever for your entry door, but sometimes your door has special needs, which limits the options a little. An example would be an entry door with a screen or storm door and a regular old standard door knob or lever won’t work because it may protrude out too far. You need a special knob lever that doesn’t stick out too far because the space is tight and limited.


That’s what the Brass Accents Salem low-profile lever is all about! You can tell from the picture above, the lever is slightly different than regular door levers. It’s specifically designed for extra tight spaces to use for when you have a swing screen door, patio door, or sliding screen doors. It only projects as far as 1 1/4″ (compared to a regular door lever that projects 2 1/2″ give or take) which helps give room when there is such a tight space.


With the Salem Low Profile lever you get to choose from 13 different finishes, such as polished brass, antique brass, polished chrome, weathered black, weathered rust, satin brass, oil rubbed bronze, pewter, satin nickel, venetian bronze, antique copper, polished nickel and verdigris!


The Brass Accents low-profile lever is not available in a keyed function (only as a passage function or dummy function), so you would need to use a deadbolt along with it. Brass Accents offers a low profile deadbolt available that would be nice if low profile is what you need to work with. The deadbolt may not be on the site yet, so please contact us if you aren’t able to find it and we can place the order by phone!


NOTE: This low profile lever is designed with a 2″ backset latch (*not a standard 2 3/8″ backset or 2 3/4″ backset size latch).



What Hardware do I need for an Exterior Door? Linnea Style

When you have a front, or maybe just an exterior door, it’s hard to remember what kinds of hardware you need for installing – and not just that… making it look nice in the process too. That’s the fun part about it though, there is style in every little piece of hardware nowadays. Down to the tiniest door stop.

What Hardware Will I Need?

For a front door, or exterior door, the main things you will need are as follows:

  • A door knob or lever
  • A deadbolt
  • A few hinges
  • A doorstop

Like the question says above, these are things you need, and we can get into the miscellaneous stuff in a bit. I am doing all this Linnea Hardware style, but this really could work with any brand.

Your first main thing would be a doorknob, lever handle, whatever you want to call it, choose your style. Like maybe the Linnea LL-97 Stainless Steel Lever just for an example.


ll97s You can see it’s available in either a round or square rosette. Now Linnea’s levers are not available with a keyed function, because that would totally mess with the design to stick an ugly keyed cylinder on the front of these sleek and clean looking levers, so you will want to go with a passage function. Don’t worry, there will be a lock on the door, it just wont be by the lever.


*NOTE: If you want to check out all of Linnea’s Levers, click here.


Then we can move on to choosing a great style deadbolt, the keyed part for your door for security. How about the Linnea DBR200 Single Cylinder


This would look really nice with the round rosette of the lever above.

*NOTE: See all of Linnea’s Deadbolts here.

Hinges are next.


You’ll find 3 1/2″ up to 4 1/2″ Linnea hinges, which is helpful if you need to match where your existing hinges may be.

Now to the door stops, this may not be totally necessary if your door will no way hit a wall or anything, but there is a giant selection of Linnea Door Stops.

What Other Types of Hardware Could Be Used on/around an Exterior Door?

  • Mail Slots
  • House Numbers
  • Kickplates
  • Door Knockers
  • Flush Bolts
  • Surface Bolts
  • Doorbell Covers
  • Screen Door Locks
  • Address Plaques

Check out ALL Misc Hardware!


New Stuff From Emtek!

Emtek is always coming out with great new stuff. I am always excited to see what they come out with next. Sometimes it is something as simple as a new finish for a handleset or something as big as a brand new design. Whatever it is, Emtek is great at making sure their hardware is up to date with all the new stuff! There are several new things that they just added recently.

First is the Sandcast Bronze #4 Rosette for the Key in Lever or Key in Knob.

24This new sandcast bronze #4 rosette adds another option for the sandcast bronze keyed knob or lever offered from Emtek! It’s arched modern design was offered with sandcast bronze passage privacy knobs and levers, but now you can use the style throughout the rest of your home!

#4 Rosette offered for either of the Emtek Keyed Durango Lever or the Emtek, Keyed Winchester Knob. Choose from deep burgundy, flat black, medium bronze and silver patina finishes.

Next that’s new from Emtek is a couple new Full Length Brass Entrance Handlesets.

The Emtek Albany Mortise Handleset – available only in Mortise.

ME_40_Albany_OS_US15*NOTE: Mortise handlesets are designed to be used with doors prepped for a mortise lock, these will NOT work with a standard tubular latch prepped door.

And the new Emtek Wilmington Handleset


*The Emtek Wilmington Handleset is not yet added to our site but will be added soon. If you do wish to order, please contact us and we can place the order by phone.

The Emtek Wilmington is available in Single Cylinder, Double Cylinder, and Dummy functions. Choose from 7 finishes, 6 interior levers, and 5 interior knobs.

Last but not least we have the Emtek Mormont Mortise Handleset is now available in Stainless Steel!


A Knob with Deadbolt Combo

For exterior doors, lots of times you need more than just an entrance door knob – I think it’s actually recommended that you get a deadbolt to go along with your entrance knob. At least that’s what we recommend. Why? A simple answer is to add more security. Deadbolts are a lot more secure than just a entrance door knob because of their bolt that goes deeply into the jamb. The deadbolt might easily be forgotten, and also it can be challenging to find a deadbolt that matches the door knob. This is probably a good time to tell you that there is a solution to this problem. On our site you can find Max Grade door knob with deadbolt combo packs to make is so much easier than you can imagine to order. All you are in charge of is selecting a finish and of course the quantity. It’s as simple as that. What’s also great about these combo sets is that they are keyed alike, so you don’t have to worry about the deadbolt key not matching the door knob key.

The first combo pack is the Max Grade Watson Knob with Deadbolt Combo. You can see in the picture below that the Watson door knob is a simple round shaped door knob and is available in Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, Aged Bronze and Oil Rubbed Bronze finishes. The deadbolt is a Single Cylinder Deadbolt.

Next is the other combo set – The Max Grade Baker knob with Deadbolt Combo. The door knob style (Baker door knob) is an egg shaped style of door knob which is a little more unique compared to the Watson (see above). This set is also available in Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, Aged Bronze and Oil Rubbed Bronze finishes. The deadbolt is a Single Cylinder Deadbolt.

Keying Instructions

One of the most common questions we get about door hardware has something to do with if we can get their locks keyed alike. The answer is usually a simple yes of course we can! But there are a few things to keep in mind if you do want your locks keyed alike. So first, it’s probably a good thing to know that not all brands of the door hardware you may be interested in can be keyed alike. We like to recommend that it’s best to choose all your hardware, if possible, from the same brand. Another good reason to choose all your hardware from the same brand is because finishes from different manufactures (although they may have the same name) may be slightly different than one from another brand.

We understand that there may be some cases where you may just have to mix brands. In the past we were not able to key many brands alike, but things have changed. So you still may ask the question, “Can all my locks be keyed alike even if they are from different brands?”… The answer? – It all depends on what brands you choose. All brands have their own standard keyway, but some brands can install other keyways upon request. So if you choose brands that offer the same keyway (from the list below) there should be no problem if you request all your locks to be keyed alike. Example: If you make sure the brand you like are listed under the same keyway, like the Schlage keyway, and you choose Schlage and Sure-Loc brands – we can key them all alike. If it’s still confusing contact us.

The 2 main keyways are Schlage and Kwikset keyways.

BRANDS THAT OFFER SCHLAGE KEYWAY (SC1): Schlage, Sure Loc, Weslock, Emtek, Max Grade, EZSet, Omnia, Nostalgic Warehouse, Grandeur, Fusion

BRANDS THAT OFFER KWIKSET KEYWAY (KW): Kwikset, Sure Loc, Weiser, Baldwin, Max Grade, EZSet, Emtek


  • Schlage only allows their own Schlage keway.
  • Kwikset only allows their own Kwikset keyway.
  • Weslock comes standard with it’s own Weslock keyway (but if requested, it can use a Schlage keyway).
  • Weiser uses only the Kwikset keyway


We can also do master keying. This means that you can key all your locks so that one master key can open all of the doors. Usually used in commercial applications. This does have an extra charge per lock, unlike keying alike where it’s free.

So just remember to specify that you want your locks keyed alike either by phone or if you are placing your order online there is a customer comments box where you can leave a note asking to have your locks keyed the same.

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!

What Are the Different Types of Privacy Locks?

Privacy often gets confused with entrance locks. The difference is that an entrance is used on an exterior door and it uses a key to unlock or lock the door from the outside. A privacy is used on a bathroom or bedroom door and can easily be unlocked from the outside by a generic tool, like a bobby/hair pin, small flat head screw driver if necessary. Privacy locks can have a turn button, a privacy pin, or choose a privacy bolt as an option as well.

Turn Button Privacy Lock

The privacy locks with a turn button are the most common especially by brands that are more affordable and that most of us have in our own home. To lock and unlock, all you have to do is simply turn the button (that you can see in the picture above on the left) and it will lock the door knob in place. If for some reason you need to get inside the door and it is locked, you can use a generic tool in the hole on the exterior like I talked about earlier.

For this Type of Privacy Lock, Choose: Schlage, Weiser, Kwikset, Sure-Loc

Privacy Push Pin/Button Lock

Push pin or button privacy locks have a push pin/button on the rosette of the door knob or lever. To lock, just push the pin or button in and it will lock it in place. These types of privacy locks have what they call a panic release which means that to unlock the lock all you have to do is turn the lever or knob from the inside and it will release the pin or button and unlock the door. Great and simple feature for convenience, and also nice in case of emergency. Just like the other privacy locks, this can be unlocked from the outside with a generic tool.

For this Type of Privacy Lock, Choose: Weslock, Nostalgic Warehouse, Emtek, Grandeur, Omnia, Baldwin

Privacy Bolt with Lever/Knob

This one is kind of a newer and more unique style of privacy lock. Using this privacy bolt (by Linnea) and a knob/lever is similar to using a deadbolt but doesn’t require a key from the outside. To unlock from the outside in case of emergency use anything that can fit in that little slot (you can see in the picture above on the right) like, a penny or a flat head screw driver or maybe even a finger nail.

For this combination, search for privacy bolt, then find a lever or knob style you like in a passage function.

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 (Wikipedia.com)…”

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 (Wikipedia.com). 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!


Sources: Emtek.com/blog, Emtek.com media, Wikipedia.com