How to understand lever and door handing

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How to understand lever and door handing

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!
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