Anushka Banister. Door. May 19th , 2017.
Installing the hardware is an art by itself. If you can work your way around a toolkit and consider yourself patient, then you can take it up a project for yourself. However, if you are getting it installed from a professional, then it is always advisable to buy the hardware from stores that have these professionals working for them. This will ensure that you get a good deal.
The antique doorknobs are typically used on the exterior of the doors. These are designed to include key operated cylinders. In case of the ones that cater to the need for privacy, the key operated cylinders are absent. These are used on bedroom and bathroom doors. While they are lockable, they unlock with the help of an unlockable generic tool. Those meant for passages are also referred to as closet doorknobs and do not actually lock. The 'dummy' doorknobs are single knobs, with single screws. They are usually used on ball catch doors or in the absence of any latch mechanism.
You can choose between primed, painted, or stained exterior doors. You can ask for various finish options to find one that will complement your home. Do make sure to inspect the finish before making a purchase.
The most simple, antique doorknob design involves the working of an axle or spindle, that is passing through the latch. Ideally, these designs have one side totally flat and some predefined length exposed on either side of the door. Identifying antique doorknobs is easy with proper observation. Usually they are attached on both sides of the spindle and secured via a mechanism that holds the set screws perpendicular to the flat side of the spindle. They can be viewed to great detail online, offline, and it is advisable to be aware of the design prior to purchase. There is a possibility of the knob losing traction with extensive use, but this can be repaired by replacing the set screw.
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