Installing an Edge Pull for a Pocket Door

Installing an edge pull is pretty simple. The edge pull that we installed in this post is an Emtek 2221 Edge pull. Please note: depending on what type of edge pull you have or are going to install will depend on if you will need to add or skip some of these steps.

Tools you will need:

  • Hammer
  • Sharp 1/2″ Chisel
  • Sharp Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • 1/2″ Drill Bit

First, you will want to mark the bottom of where you will wan the finger pull mounted (in our case, we are mounting the pull below the pocket door lock that was already installed in the door). After you have it marked, center your edge pull on the door edge by using your measuring tape if needed. After you have it all centered, map out with your pencil and chisel where the edge pull will sit on the door.

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Now you can go ahead and chisel out about 1/8″ deep of the door wood making sure not to go outside the lines. It’s important to make sure your chisel is sharp to achieve a clean look. It should look something like this:

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Place the edge pull in the recessed area backwards so you can see where to mark the area where the pull handle itself will need to be chiseled away when its not being used. We marked about an 1″ tall area towards the bottom of the plate so the finger pull could move freely in and out of the door. If you look at this picture of the edge pull placed backwards into the recessed area we just chiseled away:

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You will notice that there is a hinge barrel at the top of the pull, so we marked an area to chisel away just enough material so the hinge can function.

Using a chisel remove the material up where the hinge is. And for the finger handle area, use the 1/2″ drill bit.

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After removing all the leftover material, place the finger pull where it should sit to test and make sure it will move freely. If it all works, mount it using the provided screws and now you should be able to easily use your pocket door!

 

Edge Pulls, What Every Pocket Door Needs

Pocket doors are great for keeping space! because it takes up no space at all! They slide right into the “pocket”, as if there was no door at all! Super handy for places where you can’t spare the room that it would take for a regular swinging door to be opened. So that’s where the pocket door and all it’s glory comes sliding in to save your life! The hardware made specifically for pocket doors are nicely thought out I’d say. You will need some of this pocket door hardware if you want a pocket door. There are lots of different kinds but one specifically I’d like to talk about is an edge pull, like this edge pull from Emtek for example.

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What is it? What is it used for? An edge pull is installed on the edge of the door (hence the name) and it has a little handle (or finger pull) that you can pull out when the door is in the pocket. It’s made so that you have something to be able to hold on to and pull the door out of the pocket when it’s flush with the door jamb. When the handled (or finger pull) is not being used, it will sit flush on the edge of the door so that it does not get in the way of anything or interfere with being able to close it all the way. Some pocket door locks will have the edge pull feature, but not all of them. So you can order this piece and install it on the edge of the door, below the pocket door lock if you wish.

Soon, I will make a post on how to install the pocket door pull. ** UPDATE: Check out the new post, Installing an Edge Pull for a Pocket Door.  It’s very similar to the post I did earlier on How to Install a Door Knob Latch. Some more Chiseling.

 

What Hardware Do I Need for Double Pocket Doors?

There are new styles of Pocket door coming out all the time! I feel like I can barley keep up! After this post, we put new pocket door hardware on the site that allow you to install the hardware on a regular standard bore prep door (check this post,or you can also check here for round style pocket door hardware). We get a lot of questions about hardware for double pocket doors. Lots of times you only have a single pocket door and then you can order your basic pocket door hardware (like the ones I have mentioned above) and it’s all good. You can order that same basic pocket door hardware for the double pocket doors, but just know you won’t be able to lock them together – they aren’t made for that.

 

Then comes in the Emtek Pocket Door Mortise Lock.

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So if you are looking for pocket door hardware, for double pocket doors, that can lock in place together, this is where you would go! So if you are ready this is what you would need to order: First, you’d order yourself either a privacy or keyed function (like the one shown above – the privacy function will not have the keyed cylinder like this one shows) for one of your double pocket doors. And second, you will also need to order a dummy function lock, which has nothing on the edge of the door that allows you to install the strike plate for the active side on the edge of the inactive side, so when the doors are closed they can be locked together.

Side view and inside view

Side view and inside view

 

You can order this Emtek Pocket Door Mortise lock in 5 different finishes, such as Polished Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Medium Bronze, and Silver Patina. This pocket door lock is not just for double pocket doors – it works just as great on a single pocket door! Available In Keyed Entrance, Passage, Privacy and Dummy functions.

 

 

How to Install a Door Knob Latch

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Installing a door knob latch is no big deal, If you have the right tools. And you may find that door latches come in various styles, such as a latch with an attached mortise plate, or the drive in tubular latch. I think the latch with attached mortise plate is usually what would come standard with any door (square or round corners – you can request either), and this style is more secure because it will hold the latch securely with screws. The drive in latch has no screws and relies on the snug fit of the latch and the cross bore hole of the door.

 

What you will need to install a door knob latch (this more about installing the latch with mortise plate):

 

  • the latch (mortise plate, screws)
  • screw driver
  • a chisel tool
  • hammer
  • a sharp pencil to mark where to chisel out the wood of the door for the mortise plate

 

So first you will want to place the latch [or the mortise plate] in place on the edge of the door. You will want to make sure it’s nice and centered on the cross bore hole. Mark the perimeter of the mortise plate with a sharp pencil. Then you will know exactly where to to chisel out the wood of the door. Remember, you will want the mortise plate to be flush, if it’s not the door may not shut correctly or at all. You won’t want it to protrude from the surface, that won’t even look nice!

 

You should be ready to start chiseling now that you clearly marked it with your sharp pencil. Sharpened chisels will work much better and will be much cleaner – and I can bet you a lot easier! Now, go ahead and score the perimeter of the area with your chisel – basically it boxes in the little area you are about to remove. If you skip this step it may result in removing material pas the marked area, and that means it may not look good.

 

Chisel the interior little by little. And another reminder, you want the mortise plate to be flush on the surface, so don’t be going all crazy with the chisel and make it too deep. Keep putting that plate in place if you need.

 

When you have evenly removed all that wood from the area and your mortise plate fits great (nice and flush), grab the screws provided and secure the latch in place with a screw driver (make sure your mortise plates are placed correctly, as some brands this matters). Now you can install the rest of your hardware!

 

For more info check here.

 

How to Order and Install Kickplates

Door Kickplates are a great accessory to a door and they often ordered more and more I have noticed. They are available in a variety of sizes (even custom sizes!) and finishes to help match your home decor. Finishes such as, polished brass PVD, satin stainless, polished stainless, oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel, pewter, antique brass, weathered black, weathered rust and weathered steel! You can choose from screw mount (which is the most common), magnetic mount (which will only work on metal doors) or adhesive mount.

 

The first thing you will want to do before you order your kickplate is measure your door. Seems easy enough, and it is, but this next thing I am about to tell you is very important. On exterior doors there will be weather stripping and or door trim around the perimeter. So you will not want to order a kickplate that is the exact measurement as your door, or it’s not going to close the way you want it to. It also looks way nicer this way anyway. So go ahead and measure your door now…

 

After you have measured your door… lets say it was 36″ wide (most exterior doors are 36″ wide), you would order the 34″ wide kickplate – or just remember order it 2″ shorter than the width of your door. Now for the height of your kickplate. It really all depends on your door style and your own personal preference. You may have limited space depending on the style of door you have.

 

Once your lovely kickplate has arrived… jump up and down and carefully open up the packaging. The kickplates come with an adhesive film applied directly to the kickplate surface. It’s attached super well and may vary in color. We have often had customer call us after receiving their kickplate, thinking we have shipped them the wrong color, and sometimes it looks like its all scratched up. So we recommend pealing the film back on a corner to make sure we haven’t made a mistake, but leave the film on until you are ready to attach it to your door.

 

After you decide you are ready to install and have removed all of the packaging, place the kcikplate on the door and center it (it’s a lot easier to install your kickplate if you are able to remove your door from the jamb). Use your measuring tape to make sure the kickplate is centered, you could use a pencil to mark the sides and top so you can see where it needs to be so it is easier to attach the kickplate. All that’s left is to attaching the kickplate to the door with the screws provided, or simply peel back the film covering the adhesive and carefully press it into place. Magnetic mount is the easiest, but will only work if you have a metal door. You are ready to hang your door back up and remove the protective film if you haven’t already.

 

Pretty easy!

 

Pocket Door Locks for a Pocket Door from Linnea

Pocket doors are really handy for those places that you can afford to to have swinging doors, for that would take up too much space, or maybe it may take away from the look of that space you were going for. That’s why pocket doors were created. They are like secret doors! With pocket doors comes pocket door hardware, and we have plenty to choose from. At first we only had a few to choose from that were the basic square or rectangle style and that required the standard notched door prep for pocket doors. Now there are several others, there are slender oval or rectangle styles, mortise, round… If it’s style you are going for, Linnea carries just that. We talked about a couple pocket door hardware styles from Linnea in an earlier post “Linnea Pocket Door Locks“, and now they came out with new styles to fit standard doors with the standard bore holes!

What does this mean?

Standard door prepping for a pocket door:

pocket_doorOr in other words, standard notched door prep looks like the above picture. A notch is cute out of the door and the standard square style pocket door hardware slides in and is installed. It’s the most common style of pocket door hardware.

But now they have new designs to fit actual standard door prep with standard bore holes. Doors that you would put real door knobs and real lever handles on. The prepping for that type of door looks like this:

backsetMost interior doors are already prepped with a single bore hole (like shown above) and through the edge of the door there is a cross bore that extends from the edge of the door through the bore hole. So with this new style I am talking about you can install the pocket door locks on these regular standard door preps. It makes it really easy.

Check out the 2 stylish designs Linnea has to offer…

Linnea Square Pocket Door Hardware:

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And Linnea Round Pocket Door Hardware:

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Both come in the stainless steel finish.

This is what it looks like when the lock is engaged:

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Linnea Pocket Door Locks

Pocket doors are lots of times necessary for some homes and if that’s true, then it’s necessary to find some hardware to go along with it. There is basic pocket door hardware that you will be able to find pretty much anywhere that looks just fine. Basic square shape with any basic finish to match the rest of your hardware, and works/looks just as good as any other type of pocket door hardware around. What if you are looking for something a bit different? More modern, decorative, simple, whatever you want to call it… I think everyone likes something a little different every once in a while. If you check out some of Linnea’s Pocket Door Hardware, you will see what I’m talking about.

So here is a little taste of what a regular pocked door lock would look like…

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See, it’s just dandy! This is the Emtek Passage Pocket Door Lock, and it comes in several finishes to match with your existing hardware. There are also more pocket door locks you can check out here.

So as you can see the what I like to call “regular” pocket door locks are pretty basic, and square. Nothing all that fancy about them. They look just fine for any pocket door. Now check out the Linnea,

PL160R-PAPL160R-PRThe ones shown above are the Linnea PL-160S Round Passage and Privacy. They are totally different. They look very subtle and stylish. The finishes available are Satin Stainless Steel, Polished Stainless Steel, or Oil Rubbed Bronze.

Now check out the square style, The Linnea PL-160S Sqyuare passage or privacy.

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What’s really cool about the privacy’s of either the square style or round style is that you can choose they style of turn piece. The turn pieces above are the standard “straight turn piece”. There is also the ADA style of turn piece or the Drop style turn piece.

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ADA Turn Piece

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Drop Turn Piece

You can also find an Edge Pull from Linnea, which is helpful to get the door out of the pocket. Pushing at the top exposes the little finger hook, and then simply pull the pocket door out. The edge pulls are mainly used on passage doors. They don’t have any type of lock system.

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Hooks

I was just noticing the mighty large collection of sweaters, jackets, coats and scarves I have collected throughout the house. Because of the freezing weather lately I always have something laying around to grab in case I start to get the shivers and it’s starting to look a little ridiculous. I never seem to take the time to go the the closet find myself a hanger or 10 and hang every one of the coats and such up (mainly because I am honestly scared of the closet. I have some not so good memories of me finding a gigantic spider that I can’t get past). So I have thought to myself, maybe I need to find a coat rack or something. Then just today, just now I saw these awesome little inventions…called…

 

HOOKS

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1. Linnea HK187 Hook/ 2. Linnea HK182 Hook/ 3. Linnea HK184 Hook/ 4. Linnea 4 Hole Hook Plate/ 5. Linnea HK5046 Hook

 

All of these shown are hooks from Linnea. You can see all of Linnea’s Hooks here.

We don’t have to stop at Linnea! There are plenty more hooks to check out from other brands! Like for instance Emtek, Sure-Loc, Amerock, Dynasty, Omnia, and Rusticware. If you are interested in looking at all the hooks for all brands, check under the Bath hardware section and click on robe hooks. Then you can click on the categories to the left, like brands and finishes to help narrow down choices. Just because it’s under the ‘bath hardware’ category, it surely doesn’t mean that’s all these small and helpful items can be used for! Put your imagination to the test!

Because I am having such a hard time with the idea of hanging up junk in the closet, I really like the idea of hooks mounted to the wall for easy hang up – for coats, jackets, purses, scarves, or whatever else, and that includes hooks for guest stuff too!

 

Door Stops

We can talk about door hardware all day long, but there is more hardware that may not as easily be seen to the eye, but equally important. I’m talking all the accessories, the random hardware, the miscellaneous stuff, whatever you want to call it it’s good stuff too. Like how about the plethora of door stops? Did you have any idea how many kinds of door stops there are to choose from? And each kind can have a different design – yes, I am saying door stops are stylish now. So just from that, can you imagine… I mean really imagine what there is to choose from? Not to overwhelm you, but there are quite a bit.

DS3_1Spring door stops, which are the most common as well as most affordable stop. Simply mounted to the wall or base board. Spring door stops aren’t as stylish as other stops, but come in many finishes to match your other hardware. This style of stop is more basic and will do the simple job of stopping the door from hitting the wall.

 

 

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Solid door stops are a step up from spring door stops. They are the same shape pretty much as the spring stop, but they are solid. Also very affordable and also come in many finishes to match the rest of your hardware.

 

 

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Hinge pin door stops connect to your hinge on your door. This style is nice because it’s easily hidden, unlike other stops where they are mounted to your wall. Lots of finishes to choose from with these as well so you can easily match the finish of your hinges.

 

 

Floor mount door stops are mounted directly to the floor. This style is made for the doors where there may not be a wall to mount the door stop to. The floor mount has the most options when it comes to design. There are so many  designs out there to choose from…

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Wall bumper door stops are mounted directly to the wall. This style is a little different from others because it’s designed for your door knob to hit it rather than the actual door.

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Kick down door holder stops are mounted to the door and you can kick the little leg down to hold the door open when needed.

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Plunger door holder stop from Omnia is a simple hands free way to keep your door open. You just mount it to your door and is operated by stepping on the trigger plate to hold your door open.

 

Door wedge, you can simply shove under your door when you need to hold it open.

 

Magnetic stops are really nice to help hold open your door. It comes with a floor or wall mount that is magnetic and then it also comes with a magnet that mounts to your door and then you can easily keep your door open when the two are attached.

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Click here to see all the door stops!

 

 

 

5 Inch Backset

 

What is a Backset?

What is a backset? This is one of our commonly asked questions – and it’s also an important one! This is where you measure from the edge of the door to the center of the bore hole (the large hole where the door knob is mounted). This is a lot easier to measure when you do not have any hardware on your door, but not impossible if you do have the hardware still on. You just may have to strain your eyes a bit more.

238BacksetStandard backsets are either a 2 3/8″ backset or 2 3/4″ backset. This picture (above) shows a 2 3/8″ backset measurement, which is the most common, but 2 3/4″ is very common as well – you may find the 2 3/4″ backset is most often seen on exterior doors. If you can tell that your backset is obviously either 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″, there are lots of brands that carry an adjustable backset making it easier for you to order.

 

What if you have a 5″ Backset?

5″ backsets are a little more uncommon, but I think we hear the need for some more and more these days. If you do measure and it looks like it is around 5″, that doesn’t mean there are no options. In fact there are many from Schlage and Kwikset who both offer 5″ backsets. We now have a 5″ backset option on our site when you are placing your order. That means if you find a door knob or lever that you like from Kwikset or Schlage you can select the 5″ backset option at no extra cost. Or if you are looking to order just a 5″ backset, Schlage and Kwikset both have backset latches that you can order separately. If you are looking to order just the 5″ backset latches check below: