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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.
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.
Construction of Kwikset Lever Handles
Kwikset lever handles are made of all metal zinc die cast components and feature an adjustable backset latch that will accomodate all of the most common ways a door could be prepped. Most standard doors will have either a drive in latch, latch with rounded corner faceplate (as shown in the image to the left) or a latch with a square corner faceplate. Some door knob brands only pack one of the three styles, but with Kwikset you get all three. This versatility makes Kwikset lever handles an excellent replacement for whatever kind of lock you already have. Kwikset levers use a unique mounting plate for easy installation and to conceal the mounting screws giving the knob a clean look.
About Kwikset Lever Handle Functions
Kwikset lever handles are available in several functions the most common being keyed entry, privacy (bed and bath), passage (hall and closet) and single dummy. Each function is used for little different application.
Keyed entry lever handles have a turn button on the interior to lock and unlock the door. When leaving your home, you can just turn the button on the interior and the door will lock behind you. Unlock from the outside using a key. The knobset is only locked when the turn button is in the locked position. Kwikset is now available with the smartkey system so you can re-key the lock yourself in just seconds.
Kwikset privacy locksets work just like the keyed entry knobsets, but you do not need a key to unlock from the outside. There is no key cylinder, but there is a pinhole through which you can unlock the door using the generic tool provided. Privacy locks are generally used on bedroom or bathroom doors.
Kwikset passage doorknobs are non- locking. These are great for hall doors or closet doors that do not need to lock, but a latching mechanism is still required.
Kwikset dummy lever handles are sold individually as a single dummy. These are non-functioning levers that are mounted to the surface of the door. These are used on doors that do not need a latch mechanism like the inactive side of a french door for example.
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