A homeowner from Culver City, CA, contacted Kardo Locksmith to install a new front door handleset. After experiencing some lock issues and a lockout, they decided to replace their old and rusty handleset. After assessing their security needs, our locksmith recommended this single cylinder keyed entry handleset from Baldwin. This handleset has a thumb plate on the outer handle and a lever or knob on the internal handle, just like their old one. The homeowner appreciated the lock's elegance and protection and thanked us after we completed the door handleset installation in less than an hour.
Door hardware is an important part of your home for security and aesthetics. There are many types of knobs, levers, handlesets, and locks, so knowing what will work best for your needs is important. With a little homework, you can find the ideal option for your home.
Ensure that the hardware is compatible with your door's thickness. For example, interior doors are typically 1 3/8 inches thick, while exterior doors are usually 1 3/4 inches thick.
The hardware on your door requires a specific borehole size. Make sure to measure the diameter of the hole before purchasing replacement hardware or a new door. For example, a deadbolt typically needs a borehole that is 1 1/2 or 2 1/8 inches in diameter. However, a lever or handle set usually needs a 2 1/8 inches diameter hole.
When shopping for replacement hardware, be sure to check the required backset. It is the distance from the edge of the door to the center of the borehole. Different hardware can have different backsets, so make sure to select hardware that will fit your door.
Your choice of door hardware is important for both security and aesthetics. You will want a robust entry set for exterior doors with a deadbolt. Privacy sets with a basic lock are often used on interior doors leading to bathrooms and bedrooms. Passage sets are a good option for interior doors that do not need to be locked, such as closets and family rooms. Dummy sets can be used for decorative purposes, like matching operational hardware on double doors or as a knob or lever pulls on interior doors that don't require functional hardware.
It is important to check the security grade of your entry door lock to ensure your home security. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) categorizes standards into three levels. Grade 1 is the highest, followed by Grade 2 and Grade 3, providing basic security.
Multiple entry door locks can work with the same key. However, this may not be possible with locks from different brands. Locks that can be rekeyed without removing the hardware from the door are ideal in situations where a key has been lost and there is a need to prevent unauthorized entry.
There are a few things to consider before choosing a lock to help ensure the security of your home. First, design is important - look for locks that are resistant to picking, bumping, prying, and drilling.
Do you need a new dependable exterior door handle set? Kardo Locksmith can help! Our experienced locksmith professionals can get you a set of new handleset that look and function great. We have various styles, traditional to contemporary, so that you can find the perfect handle set for your home. We also offer emergency lock installation services, so you can have your handleset installed quickly and easily whenever you need it.
Our locksmiths are trained and experienced in commercial locksmith services, car locksmith services, and key replacement services. Our team of experienced professionals is available to help you with any lock issue. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get free estimates.
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