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    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.

    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.

    How to understand BHMA lock security grades

    March 22, 2017 1:07 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    BHMA certified lock security grade

    Learn how to tell which lock is best for you by understanding its grade based on security, durability and finish testing.

     

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    When it comes to choosing the right door hardware for your home, quality and safety matter just as much as the perfect style. That is why Schlage volunteers our door hardware for testing against the highest standards, like the new Builder's Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) residential grading system. Here's what you need to know about the new BHMA Certified Secure HomeTM label you'll see on all of our packaging.

     

    BHMA is a group of industry experts who grade residential door hardware performance in the categories of Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best. A grade of AAA is the best grade possible in all three categories.

    Door hardware security grades

    The categories.

    Security: 

    A measure of safety.

     

    Security refers to the strength of the hardware, and is determined by how well the product can withstand impact while remaining secure. More than a half dozen tests in this category ensure that the lock can hold up against blunt force attacks and attempts to pull it from the door.

     

    Testing requirements measure the hardware’s ability to withstand:

    • Sledgehammer attacks 
    • Attempts to manually pull it from the door 
    • Weight, like a child hanging from a door lever
    BHMA certified label

    Duability: 

    A measure of functionality.

     

    Determined by how well the hardware can withstand repeated, long-term use with thousands of cycles of turning the lock, latching it, unlatching it, and turning it again.

     

    Testing requirements measure:

    • Ease of use when the door changes its fit into the frame as seasonal temperatures rise and fall 
    • Smooth functionality after a lifetime of use (approximate to 100 years of being used 10 times per day) 
    • Resistance to dents, like banging keys or purses against the lock when entering

    Finish: 

    A measure of resilience against the elements.

     

    Evaluation of the surface coating or texture of the hardware and its ability to resist softening, bubbling, peeling, discoloring or corroding over time.

     

    Testing requirements measure resistance to:

    • Scratching 
    • Wear and tear from exposure to elements like salt, humidity and UV rays 
    To know how each product stacks up against these ratings, look for the BHMA certified label above on packaging. How does Schlage rate against this standard? See our guide to lock security grades on schlage.com for more details.

    How to install door hinges

    March 7, 2017 4:05 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    Follow this step-by-step tutorial for the easiest way to install new door hinges.

     

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    When it comes to style and design, the details make all the difference. Replacing your door hinges will not only add beauty to your home, but also improve door function. It's an update that's as much about aesthetics as it is utility. And the good news is that installing new door hinges is a lot easier than you might think.

     

    If you haven't seen our tips on choosing the right door hinges, check that out now. Once you're ready to install, simply follow these steps below.

    Required tools

    Before you get started, you will need a Phillips screwdriver and tape measure. You may use a cordless screwdriver but this tool is optional.
    Door hinge installation tools

    Installation Instructions

    The easiest way to install new door hinges is to leave the door in place throughout the process. There's no need to remove the door if you replace hinges one at a time.

     

    1 First, you'll need to remove the screws on both leaves of the existing hinge.

     

    How to install door hinges | Schlage


    2 Simply remove and replace the old hinge with the new hinge.

     

    How to install door hinges | Schlage


    3 Screw the new hinge in place.

     

    How to install door hinges | Schlage


    4 Repeat the process for each remaining hinge, one at a time.

     

    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    That's it! Replacing door hinges is an easy project you can complete in no time at all. For a complete step-by-step look, check out our video tutorial for replacing and upgrading new hinges.

    7 things you need to know about Schlage Connect™ and Amazon Alexa

    March 3, 2017 5:46 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    7 things you need to know about Schlage Connect™ and Amazon Alexa | Schlage

    Here’s what you need to know before you use your Schlage Connect lock with Amazon Alexa.

     

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    Schlage is expanding its innovation footprint within the Internet of Things by integrating the Schlage Connect™ lock with Wink and Samsung SmartThings, two of the most trusted smart home hubs in the industry. Through these integrations, consumers can now access their Schlage Connect lock via Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

     

    Here’s what you need to know before you use your Schlage Connect lock with Amazon Alexa.

    7 things you need to know about Schlage Connect™ and Amazon Alexa

    1. Will current Schlage Connect models be compatible with Amazon Alexa?

     

    Yes, all current Schlage Connect lock models will be compatible with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices through Wink and Samsung SmartThings hubs.

    2. What steps need to be taken to connect with Amazon Alexa?

     

    In order to utilize the Schlage Connect lock via Alexa-enabled devices, users must connect the deadbolt to a Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub. Once it is connected, users will be able to access their lock via voice activation. See this tutorial for a step-by-step guide.

    3. What can Schlage Connect and Amazon Alexa do?

     

    Amazon Echo users can lock and check the status of their Schlage Connect deadbolt through their Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub. This offers consumers the peace of mind and convenience of knowing their homes are always locked and protected by one of the strongest, most convenient locks on the market.

    4. What can't Schlage Connect and Amazon Alexa do?

     

    Schlage is committed to providing consumers with a suite of keyless electronic products developed to address their need for convenient, secure, and technologically advanced yet simple-to-use locks. With this in mind, Amazon Alexa is not enabled to unlock, check battery status or create/maintain secured codes.

    5. Why can’t I unlock my lock or check battery status with Amazon Alexa?

     

    Schlage has a legacy in producing the strongest locks in the industry that offer easy ways to add another layer of security, and even make it smarter. This legacy and commitment remains true with Alexa-enabled devices, therefore Schlage’s focus continues to be ensuring that the power of unlocking a home or checking battery status remains in consumers' hands directly, rather than relying on third-party components.

    6. Why can’t I add or delete user codes with Amazon Alexa?

     

    Already trusted in over 40 million homes, Schlage always aim to create carefully designed products that bring the possibilities and potential of every door in your home to life – keeping you safe and making life easier and more connected. We are unwilling to compromise that, especially when it comes to Smart Home integration. Therefore, we always want to ensure something like adding and delete user codes remain in the users’ hands directly, rather than relying on third-party components.

    7. What hubs does Schlage Connect work with?

     

    The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt is compatible with Alexa-enabled devices via Wink and Samsung SmartThings hubs.

     

    For more information about the Schlage Connect’s integration with Amazon Alexa, visit schlage.com to view our press release. 

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    February 28, 2017 2:40 PM by dustin.arnold

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started using your Schlage Connect lock with Amazon Alexa.

     

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    The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt just became a little more convenient. Using an Alexa-enabled device customers now have the ability to lock and check the status of their Schlage Connect lock through their Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub. It’s just one more way this smart lock provides added peace of mind.

     

    Here’s a step-by-step guide to get started.

     

     

    How to link your Alexa app with Wink or SmartThings

     1 Select the Amazon Alexa app on your smart phone.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     2 If required, sign in to the Amazon Alexa app.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     3 In the Amazon Alexa app, tap the menu icon.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     4 Select Smart Home.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     5 Scroll down until you see “Get More Smart Home Skills” and select.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     6 Scroll down and find and select either the SmartThings or Wink icon to link the appropriate account (if necessary).

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    How to use the Alexa lock functionality

    Once you’ve linked your Wink or SmartThings hub in your Amazon Alexa app, you’re ready to begin using Amazon Alexa to lock and check the status of your Schlage Connect lock.
     1 Repeat steps 1-4 above.

     

     

     5 Scroll down in the Amazon Alexa app to find and select “Discover devices”.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     6 Allow the app to find and discover connected devices that use voice commands.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     7 The app will then display devices it can control – including your Schlage Connect lock.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     8 You are now ready to use voice commands with your Schlage Connect deadbolt:
     
    “Alexa, is my front door locked?”
    Alexa: “The Front Door is unlocked.”
    “Alexa, lock my front door.”

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt now works with Amazon Alexa

    February 28, 2017 1:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt now works with Amazon Alexa | Schlage

    Consumers can now access their Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt via devices with Amazon Alexa. Learn more about this integration here.

     

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    Schlage Connect™ is a sophisticated lock created to provide you with absolute peace of mind each and every time you leave home. With Schlage Connect, you don’t have to worry if the door is locked, or wonder if the babysitter has a back door key—you’ll know because Schlage Connect allows you to be connected, confident, and in control from virtually anywhere you go.
    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt now works with Amazon Alexa
    Schlage is now expanding its innovation footprint within the Internet of Things by integrating the Schlage Connect lock with Wink and Samsung SmartThings, two of the most trusted smart home hubs in the industry. Through these integrations, consumers can now access their Schlage Connect lock via devices with Amazon Alexa
    This new integration comes as an addition to the Schlage Connect™ lock’s compatibility with Z-Wave®, which allows homeowners to secure and manage their home from anywhere using an internet-connected smartphone, tablet or computer. Through multiple smart home platform offerings, the Schlage Connect lock makes it simple and convenient for consumers to join the Internet of Things and create a truly connected home.
    For more information, visit our press release.

    6 Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt features you may not know about

    February 24, 2017 8:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    6 features you may not know the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt has6 features you may not know the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt has

    Home access anywhere. Learn more about the Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt.

     

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    The Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt combines advanced features and compatibility with your home automation system, allowing you to control your home from anywhere. This lock frees you from the hassles of lost keys, being locked out, or hiding a spare for friends and family. Check out the infographic below for six features you may not know this advanced electronic deadbolt is capable of.

    Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt
    To learn more about Schlage Connect and to find a retailer, visit schlage.com.

    How to understand lever and door handing

    January 27, 2017 5:14 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 27, 2017

    How to understand lever and door handing | Schlage

    Here’s a quick guide that will show you how to determine the handing of your door to ensure you choose the right door hardware and lock for your home.

     

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    Have you ever wondered what LH and RH in the product or model name means when you order door hardware? They each stand for left hand and right hand and are used to determine the handing of your lever. It's important that you understand handing to ensure you choose the right lever for your door.

    Handing is a term used to indicate how a door swings. To do this, you'll need to stand on the outside of your door. Notice where the hinges are.

     

    • If the hinges are on the left, you have a left handed door. You will need a left handed (LH) lock.

     

    • If the hinges are on the right, you have a right handed door. You will need a right handed (RH) lock.
       
    See the illustration below for an example.
    How to understand lever and door handing | Schlage
    With the simple steps above, you can easily understand handing. Ordering a new lock without considering the steps above could result in a handle that does not fit the right direction. If you have any questions regarding the right door lock for your home, comment below to let us know!