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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.
** NOTE: Due to their custom nature, all Baldwin Reserve Series doorknobs require a 3 to 4 week lead time for assembly.
More Information about Baldwin Door Knobs
When it comes to doorknobs, lever handles, handle sets, and deadbolts, Baldwin offers one of the largest selections in the industry -- in all of today's most popular finishes. Nearly all of Baldwin hardware is made of solid brass for long lasting quality.
If you know anything about door hardware, you'll agree that the name Baldwin is practically synonymous with quality. They offer some of the finest doorknobs available -- but what's the point of having great door hardware if you can't personalize it a bit? That's where we come in. At Direct Door Hardware, we are happy to help you customize your hardware to fit your lifestyle. Whether you're looking for a split finish, a knob x lever combination, or anything in between, we're happy to help in any way we can. Just give us a call at 877-852-9449. Please be aware, however, that due to the custom nature of Baldwin door knobs, most items take at least 4 weeks to assemble before shipping.
Baldwin Door Knobs Include:
- Baldwin doorknobs are sold as complete kit including knobs and rosettes for both sides of the door, latch and strike plate, and mounting hardware
- Prestige Series Packaged with a double-option tubular latch. (Includes a round-cornered faceplate and a circular collar for drive-in capability)
- Estate Series and Reserve Series Packaged with a triple-option tubular latch. (Includes square- and round-cornered faceplates, and a circular collar for drive-in capability)
- Keyed Entrance Knobs and Privacy Knobs will include keys or unlocking tools
- Dummy Knobs do not include latches and strikes.
Construction of Baldwin Door Knobs
Baldwin takes great pride in offering the highest quality door hardware available. This commitment to excellence can be seen in every stage of construction. To begin with, each Baldwin door knob starts out as a billet of solid brass -- which is much heavier, stronger, and smoother than the standard aluminum, zinc, or plated steel used in most other knobs. The brass billet is then heated to nearly 1,300° Fahrenheit and pounded into a specially made die. This process is known as "heat forging," and although it is much more work-intensive than the more common method of casting (which involves pouring liquid metal into a mould), heat forging produces a much better door knob. After being forged, each Baldwin doorknob is trimmed, sanded, finished, and polished -- with much of the work being done by hand. Baldwin door knobs truly are a step ahead of most other doorknob manufacturers, and it's a difference you can feel!
Baldwin Door Knob Functions
Baldwin door knobs are available in several functions: keyed entry, privacy (bed and bath), passage (hall and closet), single dummy, and full dummy. Each function is used for little different application. Below is a description of each option.
Keyed Entry Knobs
As we've mentioned before, Baldwin offers 3 distinct lines of door hardware: the Prestige Series, the Reserve Series, and the Estate Series -- and there are a few differences that should be noted:
Keyed entry knobs have a turn button on the interior side of the knob. They are locked from the inside by turning the turn button. Knobs are locked/unlocked from the outside using a key.
Baldwin Estate and Reserve Series privacy door knobs lock by pressing push pin on the interior rosette. Prestige Series privacy knobs lock using a turn button. 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.
Baldwin 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. Also, a passage function knob can be used along with a Baldwin deadbolt for keyed entry.
Baldwin dummy door knobs are sold as either a Full Dummy or a Half Dummy. Both options are non-functioning door knobs that are used on doors that do not need a latch mechanism -- like the inactive side of a french door for example. Half Dummies are surface mounted and do not require a bore hole. Full Dummies, on the other hand, do require a bore hole.
Door Prep for Baldwin Door Knobs
As mentioned previously, Baldwin door knobs are packaged with square-corner faceplates, round-corner faceplates, and a circular drive-in collar. Below are some other measurements to consider:
- 2 1/8" Diameter bore hole.
- Backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4"
- 1" diameter cross bore.
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