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Door Hardware Basics
Most door hardware will fit the following door preparation. If you have something different, please contact us so we can help you find exactly what you need.
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Kwikset manufactures a complete line of door locks and door hardware including door knobs, door levers, deadbolts, handlesets, pocket door hardware and electronic keyless entry locks for residential and light commercial applications. Millions of families have relied on Kwikset for security and peace of mind. Kwikset products are backed by one of the most comprehensive warranty programs available. You can feel confident that with the purchase of Kwikset you have selected the best quality product, backed by the best customer service available. We're pleased to offer the entire Kwikset product line at Direct Door Hardware. Our customer support team can help you find the door hardware you are looking for.
- 6-pin key cylinder and two keys
Construction of Kwikset Handlesets
Kwikset Handlesets are solid forged and feature an adjustable backset latch that will accomodate all of the most common ways a door could be prepped. Kwikset handlesets use a unique mounting plate for easy installation and to conceal the mounting screws giving the handleset a clean look. Kwikset handlesets are available in several finish options. There are also many interior trim knob/lever options. You can even choose a different finish option for the interior than the exterior for maximum design flexibility
About Kwikset Handleset Functions
Kwikset handlesets are available in three functions to be used in different applications.
Single Cylinder Handleset
Single cylinder handlesets are probably the most commonly purchased Kwikset handleset. A single cylinder handle set has a thumb lever on the interior side of the deadbolt with a keyed cylinder on the outside. This lets you lock the door with the quick turn of the thumb lever. To get in from the outside you must have a key.
Double Cylinder Handleset
Double cylinder handlesets are not commonly used. The double cylinder has a keyed cylinder on both inside and outside of the door. You have to use a key to unlock the door from the inside as well as the outside. Some people use double cylinder handlesets on doors with glass panels or sidelites so that an intruder wouldn't be able to break the glass and reach inside to unlock the door. Double cylinder deadbolts are not recommended for most applications where emergency egress would be a concern since you would have to find the key to unlock the door and exit the building.
Dummy handlesets are used on the inactive side of a double door. The dummy handleset is handleset trim only, including deadbolt trim, with no latches or internal mechanisms. For decorative use only on non-functioning doors
As mentioned previously, Kwikset door levers will fit doors that are prepped for drive in latches, square corner faceplates or rounded corner faceplates. So whatever you currently have, Kwikset will be a good fit. Other measurements you'll want to check:
- 2 1/8" Diameter bore hole for deadbolt and handleset latch.
- Backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4"
- 1" diameter cross bore.
- 5-1/2" center to center spacing on bore holes
- Door must not be bored for dummy handleset to be mounted properly.
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