Carpentry & Home Improvement Skills : How to Buy the Right Doorknob

Carpentry & Home Improvement Skills : How to Buy the Right Doorknob


Doorknobs, lots of kinds of doorknobs. Old
ones, new ones, brass ones. I’m Robert Markey, I’ve been doing construction for a long time
and we’re going to talk about doorknobs, types of doorknobs. There are a few issues in doorknobs,
one is what is it for? If it’s for the front door of a house, it needs to have a lock with
key on one side and usually this or you can have a key on both sides but it wants to be
locked for the outside OK? If you have a bedroom and you want real privacy, you can also use
this kind of thing. For a bathroom, you’d want a knob with a lock on the inside and
the other side tends to have a little hole in it so you can just stick a pen, a paper
clip in so if someone somehow gets stuck in a bathroom, that pops the lock open OK? For
just regular interior doors, no locks, nothing, just straight ahead door handles, OK? When
you get to the next, the idea of aesthetics, which one do you want, you can see there’s
a few examples here and these are all brass, the simple round ones, more oval shaped ones
and then you can get into some beautiful old ones. Ceramic ones, these are stone, I think
this is black granite. Again, another ceramic one. And another thing you want to think about
is the setback, I know this is a little technical of if you have the door already, how far the
hole is and what the size of the hole is from the end of the door. And you’re going to measure
that so when you go to buy a doorknob, this setback here, it’s going to work for you,
OK? I’m Robert Markey and we’re talking about doorknobs.

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