Fri, February 22, 2013
The average internal domestic wooden door needs only three things. To begin with it needs a pair of hinges and a lock. Then the individual can choose between either a handle or knob.
The hinges are the first things you need for a door as it must be hanging before anything else is put on the door. The hinges for a domestic door are usually four inches with a pair being suitable for most internal doors but some people go for three depending on the weight of the door or whether it is a fire door. The hinges can be washered, ball bearing, plain or solid drawn depending on the customer preference. A spring hinge can also be used. This acts to close the door with out the need for a door closer. Zoo Hardware do a range of ball bearing and washered hinges in many finishes, Frisco do solid drawn hinges and Hoppe do spring hinges. We keep all in stock.
The lock for an internal wooden door depends on a few things. First off is it being used with a knob or handle? These use different lock types the handle uses a lock that is either 2.5 inches depth into the door or 3 inches into the door. The knob uses a lock that goes either four, five or six inches into the door. This is necessary to avoid catching your knuckles on the frame of the door when opening it.
Type of Lock
People usually choose which to go with based on the style of the house or personal preference but in some cases the door is already handing with the door cut out for a particular lock already. This is usually for a two and a half inch or three inch lock which means the people can't use a knob. This is something to be aware of.
In addition to the type of lock being dependent on the handle or knob it can also be dependent on whether the lock is being used on a bathroom door. These locks vary in that the locking mechanism is suitable for either a bathroom turn. This allows a person to lock a bathroom door while allowing it to be opened from the outside using a coin in case of an emergency.
While it is necessary to lock a bathroom door it is not necessary to lock all other doors. If people decide they can use a latch that doesn't enable the door to be locked but is alot cheaper and easier to fit. These are avaiable for Knobs and Handles.
In the case of double doors a rebated lock is needed. This allows one door to lock into another.
We have all these products in stock through our supplier Zoo hardware
There alot of decisions made when picking a handle. First off you need to decide if you want a lever on plate or a lever on rose. There are examples below of both.
ZB041 Satin Brass/Polished Brass Lever on Plate
ZPZ070 Polished Chrome Lever on Rose
If you choose the lever on plate you can then choose which finish you like, either Brass, Polished chrome, Satin Chrome, Florentine Bronze or a combination of them.
If you go with the lever on rose you need to decide on a finish as well. You also need to purchase accessories such as a bathroom turn and escutcheons.
Most people decide which finish they want then pick the type of handle that suits.
In the case of double doors people usually only put pair of handles on the door that is operating the lock. This of course is personal preference but there is no need for handles on both doors.
We supply handles by Zoo Hardware, Frisco, Carlisle Brass, Eurospec, Hoppe, Frank Allart and Samuel Heath.
In addition to the items I have laid out above other products are needed such as bathroom turns and escutcheons as I have said above. Also door stops maybe needed to protect the wall. These can be either floor or wall mounted depending on preference and/or application.
In the case of double doors a flush bolt, surface bolt or door security bolt can be used to keep one of these in place.
You may want to put a door closer on the door with concealed chain closers being easy for a domestic setting. This of course is not necessary if you have decided to use spring hinges.