With so many activities cancelled, some of us have a little extra time on our hands at home. Now is a great time to get some of those little projects done you've always wanted to do. Here are our top 5 project ideas from Direct Door Hardware.

- Replace your entry handleset
- Add Protection to your front door with a kickplate
- Replace your door hinges
- Upgrade to a keyless lock
- Divide spaces with a new barn door hardware kit

Replace Your Entry Handleset

Replacing an entry door handleset can be pretty simple if you do a little homework. We've tried to make the process as easy as possible so we've created a step by step guide to help you find a handleset that will fit how your door is already prepared with bore holes. Go to our Handleset Replacement Guide to get started finding a new handleset to update the look of your front door.

Add Protection for your Exterior door with a new kickplate.

A popular upgrade many people do when replacing their handleset is the addition of a kickplate in a matching finish at the bottom of your door. Kickplates are easy to install and add a nice look to your front door while protecting it from weather and wear from the constant in and out traffic exterior doors receive. You can get a kickplate for both inside and outside if you wish and kickplates are available in standard screw mount, magnetic mount for steel doors and adhesive mount too. Check out our offering of Kickplates Here We can even make custom sized kickplates if you have specific non-standard requirements

Replace Your Door Hinges

Another common hardware piece to replace when upgrading your handleset is door hinges. Replacing your hinges can be quite easy to do and it always looks better to have door hinges that are matching finish to the handleset. There are a few things to consider when replacing door hinges. You should always try and replace hinges of the same size and hole pattern if you can. If you currently have steel hinges, you wouldn't really want to replace them with solid brass hinges as the hinge leaves are much thicker and would require the door and jamb to be mortised out deeper. It can be done, but typically requires some carpentry work. Some common reasons people replace hinges are:

- Updating the finish to match an upgraded handleset.

- Upgrading the hinges on a high traffic door from standard pin hinges to ball bearing hinges. Ball bearing hinges also are often used to replace standard pin hinges to prevent the unsightly graphite dust standard pin hinges leave behind.

- Replacing steel hinges with stainless steel or solid brass so they will hold up better in a coastal environment (as mentioned solid brass will require some carpentry if upgrading from steel).

Replacing your hinges can be pretty simple with our Door Hinge Replacement Guide

Upgrade to a Keyless Deadbolt

Keyless locks are becoming more and more common these days and there are many options available. Some of the most popular upgrades we see are:

The Emtek August Empowered Locks which can be controlled with an app on your cell phone. These can be unlocked remotely, temporary codes can be granted and access monitored. These locks fit standard bore holes and are easy to install in a standard bore hole prepped door. The App and connectivity takes a bit of extra time but instructions are included to help you along the process.

Standard keyless deadbolt found here are also very common. There are designed to fit doors with a standard 2 1/8" bore hole so they replace most deadbolts with simple installation. These don't have bluetooth connectivity but most will allow you to store over 20 user codes. The convenience added with keyless locks is worth the cost for most people.

There are many other types of keyless locks available for your home or office. If you have specific needs, please contact us for more information.

Barn door hardware kits are available for all kinds of barn door applications. Barn doors are great for saving space with room dividers or the functionality of a pocket door on a doorway that was not built for a pocket door. We have a huge selection of barn door hardware products and have provided hardware for all sorts of applications. You can check out our barn door hardware kits here, please contact us with any special requirements.

These are just a few of the many projects that are common around the house during these unprecedented times of quarantine. We have all kinds of hardware products to help you accomplish the upgrades you want to make in your home. We're open and ready to help however we can and we appreciate your business.