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    8 bloggers share their best curb appeal tips

    July 20, 2017 6:44 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Curb appeal tips

    Curb appeal makeovers are easy when you focus on a few key details.

     

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    It's no secret that we believe you can make a big impact to the curb appeal of your home by focusing on a few key details. But how do those details play out in real life? We've collected a few of our favorite bloggers and asked them to give their take on easy curb appeal updates. See all their before and afters and project tips for perfect curb appeal below!

    Designer Trapped

    What happens when you already have the perfect front door? Embrace its potential by covering up years of wear and tear with a fresh coat of paint. We love these tips for a dramatic front door update!

    Curb appeal - Front door update - Matte Black - Handleset - Schlage

    The design confidential

    Sometimes, adding your own personal touch can be difficult when you have to play within strict neighborhood and HOA rules. By putting together an organized plan, Rayan of the Design Confidential was able to give her curb appeal an update that reflected the interior of her home.

    Curb Appeal - Smart lock - Schlage Sense - Matte Black

    Brooklyn Limestone

    When budget is a limiting factor to your curb appeal makeover, you'll want to focus on getting the biggest bang for your buck. When you can't install new lighting or buy a new front door, a few tricks will still help you fall in love with your home's curb appeal. We love these three curb appeal ideas from Brooklyn Limestone!

    Curb Appeal - Matte Black Handleset - Modern Door Hardware - Schlage

    Our fifth house

    Even if you don't love the exterior color of your home, choosing the right paint color and hardware combo could make you fall in love after all! That's exactly what happened when Carmel of Our Fifth House decided to update her curb appeal in a day. We have to admit, this shade of pink is the perfect complement to the green of her home!

    Curb Appeal - Pink Front Door - Antique Brass Hardware

    Dream green DIY

    There's nothing wrong with making your curb appeal updates one step at a time. When Carrie of Dream Green DIY set out to up her curb appeal, she knew she'd be making a more permanent update later on. With a home as architecturally interesting as hers, it pays to really know what look you want. Get inspired by her mid-century curb appeal mood board and see which details are worth focusing on.

    Curb Appeal - Mid-Century - Modern - Mood Board

    Yellow brick home

    Sometimes the greatest curb appeal impact is left in black and white. When Kim and Scott of Yellow Brick Home decided to leave their garden apartment doors white, they created a crisp and clean look that offers the perfect reflection of the space beyond the doors. Get their tips for upgrading entry doors and hardware.

    Curb Appeal - Garden Apartment - Matte Black - Handleset

    Honeybear Lane

    Curb appeal isn't always about the style and design of your home. Sometimes a curb appeal upgrade is an added perk when greater convenience and security are the main goals. Get the details on this smart home curb appeal update and see why Heidi of Honeybear Lane can't live without her Schlage Connect!

    Curb Appeal - Smart Lock - Schlage Connect

    Making it in the mountains

    What if your front door is already perfect but you're craving a quick and easy update? Sometimes a few accessories can make all the difference in your curb appeal style. We love these 5 easy tips for getting a farmhouse front porch look this summer.

    Curb Appeal - Farmhouse front porch - Schlage Touch - Keyless lock

    5 steps to perfect curb appeal

    July 13, 2017 4:35 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    5 steps to perfect curb appeal | Schlage

    If you’ve neglected your curb appeal recently, it’s likely you could benefit from a quick and affordable DIY project this weekend.

     

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    Proper curb appeal is one of the number one ways to improve resale value on your home and elevate the overall design. By prioritizing a few key details, you can make an impact that is easy to accomplish on your own and requires minimal investment. Here are 5 steps you should take for quick and affordable DIY curb appeal projects.
     
    5 steps to perfect curb appeal | Schlage

    Spruce up existing landscaping

    Take some time this weekend to pull weeds, trim any overgrown plants and low-hanging trees and prune any shrubs and bushes into a more appealing shape. Adding new plants and seasonal color help to create dimension and depth. Keep in mind your house, shutter and door colors when selecting new plants.

    Front door makeover

    Your front door is often the first thing guests and potential buyers will notice about your home so it pays to make a good impression here first. If a complete door replacement is out of budget, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to spiff things up in no time. Give the look a polishing touch by choosing a new door hardware style and finish. You can choose to match existing hardware or opt for a unique touch by mixing finishes.

    Add a few planters

    Add a couple of planters with flowers and greenery to really bring your home back to life. If you’re planning on doing this early in the spring and you live in a climate where temperatures are not done fluctuating, be sure to research which types of plants are best when you’re at risk for another overnight freeze.

    Unique house numbers

    Make it easier for guests to find your home by placing a unique house number that will catch their eye. With so many DIY projects across the Web, it’s easy to create something that goes beyond boring numbers and reflects your personal style.

    Spring clean

    Give your home a facelift with a fresh pressure wash and keep your gutters free and clear of weeds and debris. Failing to take care of the smallest details can tip off to potential buyers that the home was not well cared for. Also take the time to clean your windows inside and out, taking note of any screens that need repaired or replaced

    For even more curb appeal inspiration, be sure to follow Schlage on Pinterest. Don't forget to enter the Superb Curb Appeal Sweepstakes for a chance to up your curb appeal game with our help!

    Get superb curb appeal with these 4 tips

    June 26, 2017 3:25 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Make the first impression count with superb curb appeal. Here are four easy, and affordable steps you can take.

     

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    Superb curb appeal | Schlage
    When it comes to first impressions, your home's curb appeal counts. It's one of the first things people notice and offers a glimpse into your personal style. The good news is, superb curb appeal doesn't always require a major investment. By focusing on these four tips, you can make a first impression that counts.

    1. Update your front door

     

    Great curb appeal starts with the front door. With a fresh coat of paint and new door hardware that matches the style of your home, you're sure to make an impact that will catch everyone's eye.

    2. Highlight your home

     

    Adequate exterior lighting not only lets your home shine, but adds an added layer of security as well. For a polished look, coordinate your lighting finish with your front door handleset.

    3. Refresh your landscape

     

    Adding a few new seasonal blooms to your home's landscaping is a great way to make your home pop. Try swapping your planters with something that coordinates with the color palette of your home or choose a festive look that embraces an upcoming holiday.

    4. Make your home spotless

     

    A fresh and clean exterior is a great way to show how much you care for your home. With little to no monetary investment required, it's a project that is sure to be worth your time.

    Want a home that looks superb from the curb? Let Schlage, The Home Depot and Carmel Phillips from Our Fifth House show you how to master curb appeal. Enter the Superb curb appeal sweepstakes today!

    How to bring summer fun to your entryway

    June 23, 2017 3:12 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    How to bring summer fun to your entryway

    Put a spring in your step with an entry that expresses the relaxed breeziness of summer.

     

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    Coming home to a fresh, inspiring entry with signs of summer on display is a great way to downshift from a busy day or week. Embrace that easy, summery feeling the moment you step through the door by making a few adjustments to your entry. Here are eight ways to do just that.

    1. Set a relaxed, beachy tone

     

    When you walk in the door, what is the first thing you would love to see? Choose one object that represents the essence of summer to you and place it prominently in the entry.

     

    Try this: Prop up a vintage seaside painting; fill glass jars or lamps with sand; stack a few favorite beach reads or books about the sea.

    2. Keep summer essentials on display

     

    Just looking at a row of straw hats on hooks and stacks of colorful beach towels is soothing, so don't keep your beach gear under wraps.

     

    Try this: Keep a beach bag stocked with all of your essentials, from swimsuit to sunscreen, packed and ready by the door. After each trip to the beach, take the time to wash and repack everything, so you'll be ready to go next time.

    3. Pare back and streamline

     

    Summer is all about taking it easy — so why not make things simpler and easier for yourself by doing away with excess stuff? A small tray for mail (emptied regularly), some hidden storage and a few carefully chosen decorative accessories are all you need in your entryway.

     

    Try this: Without thinking about it too much, empty everything that screams "clutter" into a cardboard box. Ratty shoes, old mail, the entire contents of your junk drawer — all of it. If it helps, imagine that a photographer is coming to shoot your entry for a magazine cover. Hide the box if you must, but if you haven't even peeked inside in a month, out it goes.

    4. Find stylish storage solutions

     

    Of course there are things we all need to have access to, though they may be less than magazine shoot–worthy. But that doesn't mean they have to end up sprawled all over the floor. Bring in some extra covered storage, and voilà — problem solved.

     

    Try this: Cover a basic round table or demilune with a floor-length cloth, and use the space underneath for storage. Use a lovely Nantucket-style basket to hide keys or dog leashes.

    5. Lighten up a small space

     

    Go for an airy feel in a small entry with an all-white color scheme. Lack of clutter is key here, so it helps to be vigilant about putting things away immediately.

     

    Try this: Pair a whitewashed mirror with a bracketed wall shelf and add sun-bleached coral and shells for decoration. A few baskets placed on the floor or on wall hooks can contain shoes and other essentials.

    6. Give the stairs a bold new look

     

    An entry that opens into a stairwell can feel a bit boring. Make sure yours puts a smile on your face by employing bold strokes of color and embracing positive memories with a photo wall.

     

    Try this: Paint a runner on your stairs by taping off the middle section and coating with the color of your choice. Match your picture frame color to the runner for a fresh, coordinated look.

    7. Make use of beachcombing finds

     

    Giving driftwood, sea glass, smooth stones and shells a home by the front door is a wonderful way to welcome summer.

     

    Try this: Attach long pieces of driftwood to the wall using L-brackets and screws for a one-of-a-kind display. Borrow a few hurricane lanterns from the deck to ramp up the beachy vibe.

    8. Give floors the summer treatment

     

    Summer can be hard on floors, especially near entrances — be proactive by rolling out a rug that can stand up to traffic. Bare floors are cool and easy to clean, but know that sand will scatter far and wide. If you go for bare floors, keep a sweeper in a closet close by.

     

    Try this: Outdoor rugs are ideal in the entry because you can literally hose them off as needed. Natural-fiber rugs like jute, sisal and sea grass feel great on bare summer feet and are easy to shake out.

    Looking for more entryway inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest for plenty of ideas. And be sure to share your summer entryway photos with us!

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on June 27, 2014.

     

    Laura Gaskill | Houzz Contributor

    Laura Gaskill | Houzz contributor



    I cover topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz tours, and interviews with designers and architects, to the monthly home maintenance checklist.

    5 ways to embrace summer with front door decor

    June 21, 2017 6:32 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    5 ways to embrace summer with front door decor

    Embrace summer with bright and cheerful door decor you can complete on a budget.

     

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    Now that summer is officially in full swing, it's time to give your curb appeal a cheerful boost. Try one of these five ideas for front door decor and start enjoying your summer!

    1. Succulent wreath

    There's no shortage of DIY summer wreaths across the web but one of our favorite trends recently is the succulent wreath. It's both adorable and chic with just the right amount of personality. Get the look with this DIY wreath from Thistlewood Farms.

    Deadbolt - Keyed Lever - Camelot - Polished Nickel Hardware - Schlage

    2. Address planter

    Create a unique way to display your house number and make it simple to switch up your door decor with the seasons. With this DIY address planter, you can simply swap out the flowers with each changing season and holiday. Try a red, white and blue theme for 4th of July to start!

    Front Door Decor - Summer - DIY Address Planter

    3. Citrus wreath and bright accessories

    We can't decide what we love most about this front porch design from HGTV - the lemon wreath? The most cheerful shade of blue? The bright pops of summery colors? Each detail is perfect.

    Handleset - Addison - Satin Nickel Hardware - Schlage

    4. Front door greeting

    Add a little summer hospitality to your door. We're loving seeing little "hello" decals pop up on front doors or this wreath from Little Vintage Nest is sure to be noticed!

    Front Door Decor - DIY Summer Wreath

    5. fresh and bold paint

    Some doors are simply best left to shine on their own as the focal point of your entry. With just a few accessories surrounding to give a cozy touch, the right paint color and handleset combo can be the perfect welcoming touch. We can't get enough of this summery coral front door from Lolly Jane featuring a Schlage Camelot handleset in Matte Black for just the right amount of contrast.

    Handlesets - Camelot - Matte Black Hardware - Schlage
    Looking for more door decor inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest for plenty of DIY ideas!

    How to keep your door hardware looking like new

    May 12, 2017 5:22 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    How to keep your door hardware looking like new

    Keep your door hardware looking as good as the day you installed it. Here’s what you need to know to properly care for each unique finish.

     

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    That sheen. That sparkle. That right out of the box and onto your door shine! But what happens when the finish you fell in love with is looking a little worn and no longer has the luster it did when you first intalled your new handleset? The trick is to prevent your hardware from looking old and tarnished.

     

    How do you keep your door knobs and locks looking like new? It's easier than you think, but you need to take note of which finish you have as the cleaning methods are unique to each one.

    How to care for your door hardware finish

    For clear-coated finishes

     

    Initial care for finishes requires only periodic cleaning with mild non-abrasive soap and light buffing with a soft cloth. We also recommend coating most finishes, including chrome finishes, with a non-abrasive car wax to preserve the color and protect it from elements. Particular care should be taken to avoid paint smears, thinners and strong cleaning agents as they will quickly destroy the protective coatings and subject the finish to rapid oxidation and discoloration.

    Bright Brass finish

    Bright Brass

    Polished Nickel finish

    Polished Nickel

    Antique Brass finish

    Antique Brass

    Satin Nickel finish

    Satin Nickel

    Satin Brass finish

    Satin Brass

    Antique Pewter finish

    Antique Pewter

    Aged bronze finish

    Aged Bronze

    Matte Black finish

    Matte Black

    For oil-rubbed bronze finish

     

    Oil Rubbed bronze finish is a living finish that changes over time to give it a constantly evolving presentation. Since it does not have a clear coat, the flat brown coating eventually wears down to a copper penny color.

     

    To care for this finish, wipe with a little vegetable oil on a soft cloth but be careful not to use too much. To much oil may leave residue on your hands with use. Household detergents and mild abrasive powder may be used to restore the high metal color without seriously affecting the original compound of the metal. Finish by rubbing with furniture paste wax.

    Oil-rubbed bronze finish

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    For chrome finishes

     

    Simply wipe your chrome hardware with a damp cloth. If needed, a high grade chrome polish may be used according to directions to clean and restore the original shine and satin finish.

    Bright Chrome finish

    Bright Chrome

    Satin Chrome finish

    Satin Chrome

    With minimal cleaning, you too can keep your door knobs and door locks looking like new! To ensure you choose the highest quality finish, look for a grade A in finish as identified by the BHMA Certified Secure Home label on packaging.

    5 spring cleaning steps for a perfect patio

    April 27, 2017 1:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Patio spring cleaning

    Here are 5 steps that will have your patio ready for spring entertaining in no time.

     

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    Everyone knows spring is the time to deep clean and organize, but many people overlook their outdoor spaces in favor of organizing closets and dusting the tops of the cabinets. Spring marks the time of year when you can start entertaining outdoors and having barbecues, so we think that making sure that your patio is inviting and ready for guests should be at the top of your spring cleaning list.
    Patio spring cleaning

    1. Furniture

    Your patio furniture has been in storage for the winter, and if you’re lucky, there are just a few cobwebs to dust off. More likely, it could use a good deep cleaning. Soon there will be guests sitting on those chairs. They appreciate your attention to detail and remember patio get-togethers as particularly polished when they’re treated to sparkling clean patio furniture. Check out these tips on how to clean your patio furniture and get it ready for entertaining.

    2. Patio

    Chances are, the winter wasn’t too kind to your patio. You can create a much more welcoming space by power washing your patio and cleaning off all of the dirt and grime that has built up over the past year. There are plenty of stores that allow you to rent power washers.

    3. House

    While you have the power washer, don’t neglect your house. A clean patio is great, but pairing it with an entire exterior that’s been freshly scrubbed will make your house truly stand out. Use the power washer on the exterior of the home as a quick and easy way to brighten your outdoor space.

    4. Windows

    Your windows are another easy way to make your space feel cleaner and more put together. The outside of your windows probably don’t get cleaned regularly, especially during the winter. Spend a little bit of time wiping them down to help get the outside and inside of your house ready for warm weather and guests.

    5. Door hardware

    One of the easiest and quickest ways to add some flair to your outdoor area is to make sure all exterior doors are fitted with fresh, up-to-date hardware. Maybe your current hardware is outdated and doesn’t fit the space, or you want to add an extra layer of security to the back entrance. It’s easy to choose the perfect product for your door. Once you’ve decided on the hardware, you can install it on your existing door, even if it doesn’t have the correct pre-existing holes, like Shavonda Gardner did on her doors.

    Do you have a great patio space that’s ready for spring? We want to see it! Share your pictures on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

    8 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas

    April 18, 2017 8:35 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    8 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas | Schlage

    Bring back the art of porching and create the perfect outdoor oasis.

     

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    The art of porching is quickly coming back in style with many homeowners creating a space that is both an extension of their style and perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Make the most of your front porch with these budget-friendly decor ideas you can enjoy all spring and summer.

    1. Add a comfy seat

    The perfect front porch starts with a comfy place to sit. Although patio furniture can be pricey, there's plenty of DIY inspiration across the web to help you get the perfect look for the right budget. We're especially loving this DIY outdoor daybed for starters.

    DIY outdoor patio furniture

    2. Unique planters

    Head to your local re-sale store or even your garage or attic to find a unique piece that can act as a new planter. We love this idea from DIY Network that uses an old tricycle to display succulents in this outdoor space.

    Unique planter ideas

    3. DIY planters

    If the vintage look isn't quite your style, try building your own unique planter instead. We're loving this hexagon planter idea from The Home Depot.

    DIY wood planter

    4. Bright front door

    There's no better way to say goodbye to winter than with a fresh coat of bright paint on your front door. This project can be completed in a single afternoon. It's an easy way to give yourself a cheerful welcome every day. Check out our door painting tips to make this project as easy as possible.

    Bright front door paint colors

    5. Fresh entry door hardware

    Nothing makes a front door pop better than a fresh handleset in the perfect finish. Take some time to clean your hardware or swap an outdated set for a new style that better complements your front door. Check out our Instagram feed for plenty of inspiration.

    Front door deadbolt and handleset

    6. $25 spring wreath

    A spring wreath that's affordable and easy to make? Sign us up! We love the look of this spring wreath from Life by Anastasia as much as we love the price tag on this project. Be sure to check out our Accessorize Your Door board on Pinterest for plenty of DIY wreath inspiration.

    DIY front door wreath

    7. Add some front porch drapes

    This unique and cozy idea comes from our friends at HGTV. Give your front porch a touch of style while creating a relaxing atmosphere you'll want to enjoy all season long. Get the details on these indoor/outdoor drapes.

    Front porch decor ideas

    8. Hang plants somewhere new

    Have a little fun with your plant placement by creating an arrangement that hangs from the ceiling of your porch rather than the perimeter. This hanging basket arrangement from Country Living adds the perfect amount of personality to this front porch retreat.

    Front porch hanging plants

    9. Re-arrange

    You may already have everything you need for the perfect front porch atmosphere. Try re-arranging your furniture, accessories and decor to give the front of your home a fresh new feel. We love this list of 15 ways to arrange your front porch from How to Decorate.

    Patio furniture
    We want to see your front porch style! Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Instagram feed!

    How to change the handing of your Schlage door lever

    April 3, 2017 5:06 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Changing the handing of your new Schlage door hardware can be completed in just a few easy steps.

     

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    When installing one of Schlage's levers with a curved design, you may find that you need to switch the handing. This happens when the lever points towards the door edge instead of away from it during installation. The good news is, Schlage makes this process quick and easy with just a few steps below.
    1Locate the pin tool that came with your lock.
    Door lock handing

    2Insert the tool into the small hole on the lever base and gently depress the retainer pin while pulling the lever away.
    Change direction of door lock

    3Remove and exchange both levers.
    Remove door lever

    4As you re-install, make sure the retainer pin lines up with the small hole on the lever base. You will hear the lever snap into place.
    Change door lever handing

    5Gently pull on the lever to ensure it's secure.
    Change door lever handing

    That's it! Changing the handing is easy as that. 

    How to properly install door knobs and levers

    March 30, 2017 6:37 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    How to install a door lever

    Here are all the steps you need to follow to properly install a door knob or lever in just a few minutes.

     

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    Updating your interior door knobs and levers to a new style and finish that coordinates with your lighting, plumbing and decor is an easy way to give your home a finishing touch. Before we get started, be sure your door is properly drilled and aligned with this door prep checklist. You can complete your knob and lever installation in just a few minutes with minimal tools - tape measure and a #2 Phillips Head screwdriver. Keep in mind that an electric drill is not recommended for installation as it can easily strip the screws and damage your hardware.

    Hardware checklist

    Once you've gathered your tools, you're ready to get started installing your door knobs or levers. The first step you want to take is to ensure you have all parts and pieces. Here's a checklist to help you be sure:
    Parts of a door lock

     Outside housing: This is the "exterior" portion of your hardware with the spindle extending from the back.
     

     Inside housing: This is the "interior" portion of your knob or lever. For privacy knobs and levers, you'll want to be sure the push-button lock is on the inside.
     

     Latch: The spring operated bolt with a beveled face to permit a latching action when the door closes.
     

     Round drive-in faceplate: This is an optional faceplate that may replace the rectangular faceplate already attached to the latch if your door calls for it.
     

     Strike plate: The strike plate is the metal plate that will be affixed to the door frame.
     

     Short screws: These will be used to secure the bolt and faceplate with the door.
     

     Tapered long screws: These will be used to secure the inside housing to the outside housing.
     

     Pin tool: This will only be used for curved levers that may need to change handing.

     

    Installation instructions

    1You'll begin by installing the latch first.*
    door knob latchbolt

    *If you need to replace the rectangular faceplate with the round drive-in faceplate, follow steps a-c below before going further. You'll also need to add a flat head screwdriver, hammer and block of wood to your tool set.

    a. Remove faceplate with a flat head screwdriver

     

    b. Twist and remove remaining support plate

     

    c. Install round drive-in faceplate with just a snap
     

     

    2If you're using the standard rectangular faceplate, slide the latch into place with the bevel facing the doorjamb and secure with the two short screws.
    How to install a door knob

    For the drive-in faceplate, slide into place with the bevel facing the doorjamb and gently tap in to place, flush with the door edge using a block of wood to protect the latch.

     

    Installing round faceplate latch

    3Next, you'll install the strike plate on the doorjamb using the two short wood screws.
    Door strike plate

    4Begin installing the lever or knob by placing the outside housing first. If you're installing a lever, you'll want to make sure the lever is pointing away from the door edge.
    Lever and door knob installation

    5Align the spindle with the slot in the latch and slide into place.
    Door lock installation

    6Now install the inside housing. If you're installing a lever, orient the lever just as you did with the outside housing, pointing away from the edge of the door. 

    7With the screw holes in a vertical position, align the square in the back of the door knob or lever with the square spindle. Slide the inside housing into place.
    Door knob installation

    8Secure with the two remaining screws.
    How to install a door lock

    To see all these steps in action as well as how to change the handing and test your lock, watch our privacy/passage lock installation video. Once you've installed your new hardware, we'd love to see the before and after. Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.
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