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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.
We are proud to offer one of the largest selections of lever handles for your shopping needs. With a selection spanning hundreds of options, you will find many different styles and finishes.
There are a few things to keep in mind before shopping for door handles. For starters, because of varying design styles, levers are often handed, meaning we need to know which way our door swings in order for the lever to curve up or down in the right direction on the door. If you don't determine the door handing you may have some door levers that curve up and some that curve down throughout your home. Many simple, or modern style lever handles are not handed. Schlage and Kwikset levers have reversible handling which makes them easy to order and install.
Adding new handles can give your home a much nicer look and feel. For example, replacing old polished brass builder doorknobs with higher quality levers in popular finishes gives a more modern, custom look to your home. We have great deals on discount door handles that will give your home an inexpensive quick fix to make it easier to sell or just improve the look without going over your price range.
Door hardware is an integral part of our daily life, yet is something most of us think very little about. With our wide selection of affordable choices, you can purchase door levers of just about any configuration. From replacing old vintage locks to the latest keyless versions, we have all the must-have options you need. Let's take a look at the different types we offer in our inventory.
Generally used on exterior doors or really any door that needs the added security of a door lock, these locking levers have a keyed cylinder on the outside and require the user to have a key for entry once locked. Some keyed entry locks will have a panic release feature where from the inside if the lever is turned the lock is deactivated for exit. Weslock models all have this panic release feature on keyed functions. If a lock does not have this panic release feature, you must turn the button to the unlocked position or the lever will not turn to disengage the latch mechanism. If you have several keyed locks in your project, we can key all locks alike if you wish.
Passage locks do not lock. These are generally used on hall doors or closets that do not need to be locked, but still need the functionality of a working door lever on the door. Sometimes passage levers are used on exterior doors where a deadbolt is mounted above.
Privacy levers are generally used on bedrooms and bathrooms for privacy. These types of door levers have a locking mechanism, but don't have a keyed cylinder on the outside like an exterior lock. Privacy locks are not as secure as keyed entry locks because you can easily pick the lock open with a generic tool provided with the lock, a hairpin or paper clip. This capability to unlock is required so that you can gain access to a room should a child lock themselves in or a similar circumstance. Like keyed entry locks, privacy levers have a turn button or push button/pin (depending on the brand) on the inside of the door. You can find this panic release feature on Weslock and Emtek brand door locks.
Dummy door levers are surface mounted and do not entail a latch mechanism. This type of lever is sold individually or in pairs (depending on the brand). When shopping, it will tell you if the item is sold as a single dummy or dummy pair (double dummy) to help you narrow it down and make the right choice.
When ordering a lever for a door, you have to determine handing for most styles of levers. Because of the unique styling of levers, if you install a left handed lever on a right handed door the lever design would be upside down. Determining door handing is easy based on the way the door swings. You can read more on our door handing guide. If you just don't want to mess with it, Schlage and Kwikset models are designed to be reversible and you're only required to specify handing on dummy sets.