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Emtek, Door Lock, Entry Lock

Troubleshooting Entry Locks: A Few Simple Tips

Before you call up a local locksmith or handyman when an issue arises with your lock, see if it’s an easy fix with some simple troubleshooting below. In this article, I’m only going to address keyed entries and deadbolts. Keyed Entries – Come with a deadlocking latch bolt. It’s a latchbolt with a deadlocking plunger. […]

Kitchen with Floating Shelves

An Introduction to Floating Shelves

The first time I saw a floating shelf, I was mesmerized. How in the world is that floating? Turns out, it is deceptively simple. Installers attach a U-shaped metal or metal/wood bracket to the wall, and they set the shelf around the bracket. The shelf itself is hollow on the back to allow the bracket […]

Woodfold Breadboard Alder

Replace That Old Dingy Breadboard

The last place I lived, we had a very used breadboard in the kitchen…like, very, very used. I think it was original to the house, which was built somewhere during the 50s’. Lucky for me, I work at a hardware store and know just how easy it is to replace for a newer, cleaner, and […]

Amerock Candler Switchplate Covers

Which Switchplate Do I Need?

There are several different functions of switchplates available and can be in a variety of configurations. Such options are: Toggle switches, Duplex outlets, Paddle/GFCI, and Cable hole covers. There are single, double, triple, and quadruple versions, as well as combinations. The Switchplates Toggle is the most common switch and is used for many on/off switches, […]

Front Door, Hardware, Door Lock

What are the functions of a deadbolt?

When ordering an entryset, deadbolt, or sideplate set, you will be asked for the function of the deadbolt. Your choices typically are single cylinder or double cylinder. Here’s how to decide which you should use. The Two Cylinders The most common option is single cylinder. This means that the deadbolt has one cylinder with a […]