Lever Door Handles

I found out why contractors don’t want to use old stuff.

Our contractor put in this Schlage door handle which is a Dexter Seville.
Our contractor put in this Schlage door handle which is a Dexter Seville.

We have chosen lever-style handles for all our new doors for ease of opening. Many of our old doors have crystal handles which also have a good grip for opening.

The display at Lowes -- this lever now called the "Accent".
The display at Lowes — this lever now called the “Accent”.

First, I bought 2 new Schlage privacy door handles: conservatory bathroom door and master bathroom door. I looked around the internet for the cheapest price but ultimately bought them at Lowes so I could 1.) get them right away and 2.) take them back if they didn’t work.

The door was perfectly pre-drilled for the handle set.
The door was perfectly pre-drilled for the handle set.

Since we had purchased pre-hung 6-panel doors for both rooms, the doors were already perfectly drilled and routed to receive modern doorknobs. I’m pretty sure the drilling and routing are the time-consuming if not the most difficult part of putting in a door knob. That’s why contractors like using new stuff.

Latch
Latch

The latch plate and strike plate fit in the routed spaces perfectly.  I drilled small holes to get the screws started.

Strike plate
Strike plate

I screwed both in tight.

The latch goes on first then the spindle.
The latch goes on first then the spindle.

Then  I lined up the outside and inside knobs making sure the lock button was inside the bathroom and used the machine screws to connect them together.

Machine screws fit the holes above and below the handle.
Machine screws fit the holes above and below the handle.

When the latch didn’t click into the strike plate I backed the machine screws off just a little and it closes beautifully.

The conservatory doors before handles.
The conservatory doors before handles.
Every little detail makes the house more livable.
Every little detail makes the house more livable.

Now we must finish the bathrooms.

Have you ever put in a floor?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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