Handlesets: The Ultimate Installation Guide
The Ultimate Guide to Installing Door Handlesets
Welcome to the Stone Harbor Hardware blog! If you're looking to give your home's entryway a fresh and stylish makeover, you've come to the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step installation process for door handlesets, helping you elevate the aesthetics and security of your home. Let's get started!
Why Choose Stone Harbor Hardware Handlesets?
Before we dive into the installation process, let's take a moment to appreciate the quality and craftsmanship that Stone Harbor Hardware brings to your home. Stone Harbor Hardware currently offers four exterior handleset options — Munich, Cedar Brook, Mill Creek, and Willow Park.
The Munich handleset fits Stone Harbor's contemporary interior trim packs. These include our Vienna, Turin, Zurich, and Bonn door locks. The Cedar Brook, Mill Creek, and Willow Park handlesets are designed to work with our traditional style interior trim packs. Our Traditional locks include Beaverton, Chatham, Memphis, Tucson, Ball, Highland, and Springhill.
Our handlesets are designed with a perfect blend of elegance, durability, and functionality. Whether you're replacing an old handleset or installing a new one, our products are sure to enhance your home's curb appeal and offer lasting performance.
Tools and Materials You'll Need:
Before you begin, make sure you have the following tools and materials on hand:
- Exterior Handleset
- Interior Trim Pack (includes interior lever or knob, latches, strikes, and mounting hardware)
- Phillips Head Screwdriver
- Tape Measure
- Drill and 11/32” Drill Bit
- 2-1/8” Bore Saw (if door is not pre-drilled)
- 1” Spade and Chisel (if door is not pre-drilled)
- Safety Glasses
Step-by-Step Installation Process:
- Prepare the Area: Start by removing the old handleset, if applicable, and ensuring that the door is clean and free from any debris. Measure and mark the appropriate height for your new handleset, keeping in mind that it should be comfortable to reach. You can also use the provided template to ensure the deadbolt and lower thumbpiece holes are properly spaced.
Install the Latch Mechanism: Place the latch mechanism in the prepared hole on the edge of the door. Stone Harbor Hardware latches are adjustable and can fit doors prepped for 2-3/8” or 2-3/4” backset lengths. Interior trim packs include the latch for the deadbolt (deadbolt latch) and the lower thumbpiece (plain latch). Ensure that the rounded edge of the plain latch faces the strike plate side of the door. Secure the latch in place using the provided screws.
- Attach the Exterior Handleset: From the exterior side of the door, insert the spindle of the exterior handleset through the latch mechanism. Align the screw holes on the handleset with the holes on the door. Insert and tighten the screws to secure the handleset in place.
- Install the Interior Knob or Lever: Insert the spindle of the interior knob or lever through the latch mechanism from the interior side of the door. Align the screw holes and attach the interior knob or lever to the door using the provided screws.
- Prepare the Strike Plate: Position the strike plate on the door frame where the latch will engage. Trace the outline of the strike plate and use a chisel to mortise the area so that the strike plate sits flush with the frame. Secure the strike plate with screws.
- Test and Adjust: Before finalizing the installation, test the handleset to ensure that the latch mechanism operates smoothly, and the door opens and closes without any issues. Make any necessary adjustments to the alignment if needed.
- Finishing Touches: Double-check all the screws to ensure they are securely tightened. Use a level to ensure that the handleset is properly aligned and straight. Once you're satisfied with the installation, stand back and admire your new door handleset!
Elevate Your Entryway with Stone Harbor Hardware Handlesets
Installing a door handleset is a rewarding DIY project that can instantly transform your home's entryway. With Stone Harbor Hardware handlesets, you're not only enhancing your home's aesthetics but also increasing its security and functionality. By following this step-by-step guide, you'll be well on your way to creating a welcoming and stylish entry point that leaves a lasting impression.
Thank you for choosing Stone Harbor Hardware for your home improvement needs. Stay tuned to our blog for more tips, guides, and inspiration to elevate your living spaces!