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    How to properly install door knobs and levers

    March 30, 2017 1:37 PM by reference-adjustment-service

    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.



    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.

    No reason to go grand when a little glam will do

    March 24, 2017 11:49 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Glamorous chandeliers

    See 5 great spots where mini chandeliers can add some understated glamour to your home.



    Grand chandeliers dripping with crystals are as timeless as they are elegant, but unless you live in a mansion they can sometimes feel over the top. Not that there’s anything wrong with over the top. But if your style leans more toward the understated or you just don’t have the square footage for a Versailles-worthy chandelier, perhaps mini chandeliers can add the right amount of glam to your home. Here are five spots to hang mini chandeliers that may spark your interest.

    1. Bedroom

    Let’s ease into the concept with a look that’s not so far-fetched: mini chandeliers over nightstands. While it’s more common to see lamps, sconces or simple pendants with nightstands, a mini chandelier on each side of the bed adds a little extra elegance to the boudoir. Combine this look with mirrored nightstands to double the sparkle.

    Another spot where a mini chandelier can do some heavy lifting is in a bed alcove in a studio apartment. When there’s just enough room for a bed and not much else, a mini chandelier can have a dramatic effect. This little alcove looks every bit as luxurious as a grand master suite.

    2. Bathroom

    Chandeliers have been associated with luxury since the days of medieval monarchies. Whether you opt for one inspired by old-school candelabras or a more crystalline style, hanging a pair above a sink in lieu of pendants or sconces will add drama and luxury. This bathroom’s two-chandelier scheme works effectively because the light fixtures are offset from the sink, eliminating the chances of banging a head on them.

    This powder room in Kansas doubles up on luxury with ornate mini chandeliers teamed with a custom wall treatment with flecks of metallic paint that catch the light as it bounces around the windowless room. A furniture-style vanity and frameless scalloped mirror complete the tasteful scene.

    3. Reading spot

    If you’re someone who prefers to stretch out on a window seat to enjoy a good book and take in the view, consider hanging a mini chandelier above it. It will provide ample light without being so large that it blocks the view.

    4. Mini bar

    Small spaces such as walk-in closets, powder rooms and built-in bars are prime real estate for adding a little glam. Since there is less surface area to cover, you can turn these areas into little jewelry boxes at a fraction of the cost. Designer Joel Dessaules added a vintage chandelier to this swanky built-in bar in a Los Angeles mid-century home.

    5. Breakfast nook

    While this breakfast nook’s wall color and upholstery might steal the show, the glass chandelier is still a savvy selection. What’s interesting to note is the use of a mini chandelier over the table, rather than the full-size fixture you might expect to see for such a substantial nook. It’s clear that the fixture is scaled to the table and not the floor space, and is intended to play a supporting role to everything else going on in the room.

    Chandeliers are most commonly found above formal dining tables, but with the trend toward a more casual lifestyle, it makes sense to see them popping up above breakfast tables too. These three ornate mini chandeliers hanging above a casual farmhouse table create a stylish juxtaposition. The space is ideal for breakfast or an elegant dinner for four.

    Installing a new chandelier is a simple project you can complete quickly for a chance to add a little glam to a casual space. Get even more lighting ideas from our friends at Houzz.


    This article first appeared on Houzz January 20, 2017.


    Jess McBride | Houzz Contributor

    Jess McBride | Houzz contributor

    Custom decorating professional with a lifelong passion for color, pattern, and texture of every "stripe."

    How to understand BHMA lock security grades

    March 22, 2017 8:07 AM 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.



    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.


    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


    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


    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:


    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.

    Refresh a single room in your home with a few details

    March 14, 2017 12:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Refresh a single room in your home with a few details | Schlage

    By focusing on a few key details that tie a space together, you can give your home a refresh in no time.



    Giving your home a fresh new look for spring doesn't always require a full remodel. By focusing on a few key details that tie a space together, you can give your home a refresh in no time. Here are five details that are easy to complete and will take your style up a notch.

    1. Paint the ceiling

    There's no rule that says ceilings must be white. Accentuate fun architectural details or add a unique pop of color. We love how Melissa of the Polka Dot Chair chose navy to pull her office space together. Get all the details on how she completed her office refresh in one weekend.

    Painted office ceiling | Schlage

    2. Install new door hardware

    With an easy guest bedroom makeover, Better Living proves that the details can bring a space to life. We love how this Satin Brass lever pops adding the perfect finishing touch to this luxurious guest room

    Satin Brass door lever | Schlage

    3. Add accessories and organization on your walls

    Kill two birds with one stone by adding storage and organization that doubles as decor. Kari of U Create perfectly repurposed wooden hexagons by painting them in different shades of blue for an ombre look that perfectly accents her bathroom makeover. Find out how she gave her small bathroom an affordable update.

    Bathroom organization | Schlage

    4. Brighten things up with new lighting

    Nothing drags the style of a space down more than inadequate or unflattering lighting. Consider swapping harsh or dull lighting out for a classic fixture that works well with other hardware in the space. That's what Karrie of Happy Money Saver did to bring a neglected bathroom to life.

    Bathroom lighting ideas | Schlage

    5. Give your hallway some style

    The hallway may be the last place you would think to decorate or remodel but just like all the little projects above, it's a simple detail that can give your home more personality and style. Diane of In My Own Style perfectly embraces her dark hallway by choosing to take a risk and go bold in a small space.

    Navy hallway ideas | Schlage
    Which room in your home would be the easiest to refresh? Comment below to let us know!

    The future of the smart home is accessible

    March 13, 2017 12:47 PM by Rob_Martens

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    The future of the smart home is accessible

    A Futurist’s view on technology’s growing accessibility and the need to demystify for consumers



    By Rob Martens, Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships for Allegion, maker of Schlage.


    One of the things I love most about technology is that every device begins its life as an idea. In decades past, inventors, futurists like myself, and even science fiction writers have spent countless hours imagining ways the future can be better through the advancement of technology. But it’s not only about ground breaking ideas, major advancements, or that moment when the idea becomes reality. Technology has its greatest impact when it becomes accessible enough for everyone to benefit from – when the idea becomes practical.



    We may not have reached the age of flying cars, but now you can lock your car (or your front door) from the other side of the planet, so you don’t have to spend your entire vacation wondering if your belongings are safe. The technology used to do this is fairly simple and has existed for quite a while, yet using it in this practical way may seem like a new idea.
    That’s because it takes time for a new technology to grow from just an idea into an actual device, and even more time to become accessible enough for everyone to benefit from. When technology becomes more accessible, it evolves even further as we find alternate ways it can become practical in our daily lives. For example, in just the past few decades the smartphone has completely changed the way we live. We still use them to make calls, but as smartphones have become more and more accessible they’ve also made mobile access to the Internet widespread across the country, giving rise to new services and cultural behaviors that weren’t possible before.

    The smart home space is an especially exciting example of this evolution because advancements are happening so rapidly that the possibilities for real-world application expand every day. That moment when a new technology becomes affordable and performs well enough to make its way into the mass market is extremely important in opening up those possibilities. However, in order for a technology to become relevant enough to change the cadence of our lives and even our society, it must be truly demystified for the user.

    A lot goes into that demystification. Smart home tech is truly successful when it adds convenience to our lives, and it can only do that when it is simple for any user to set up and begin using. The smart home is no longer about investing significant time and resources into hiring a professional to set up a complex, whole-home system with a user manual the size of a novel. These days, it’s easy to start with one device that works with a smartphone right out of the box and is easily integrated into your daily routine. Smart locks are a great example of this.
    In other words, smart home technology is evolving from futuristic idea to practical application rapidly, and it’s no longer just for early tech adopters. It’s for your mom, your grandparents, your kids – anyone moving fast through the day who needs technology to make life easier without causing disruption. This level of accessibility takes smart home to the next level: no longer ‘smart’, but simply ideal. A home that is fluid and adaptable based on our daily, changing needs. No longer a luxury for a select few, but completely obtainable and customizable for all, one piece at a time.
    Part of the demystification process is also understanding how these devices can actually be useful and make life easier. Why would you want to be able to control your lock with your smartphone? Because I was in a hurry this morning, and it’s incredibly comforting that I can double check from my office whether I locked the front door behind me. Why connect it to another device? Instead of fumbling for the light switch in the dark when I get home late, the lights come on automatically as I unlock the door. I may be biased, but the easiest way to try smart home tech for the first time is with your door lock. It’s the entry point to your home, and where so much of the magic can happen.
    What’s most important is that it’s easy for me to set up my smart lock and integrate it with other devices without having to understand every detail of the technology. They work seamlessly, and they add a moment of convenience to my day without interrupting my routine. This convenience is exciting because it’s no longer just an idea for futurists to consider, but available today to everyone. That level of accessibility is the true future of the smart home –and it’s happening now. To learn more, visit Schlage.com/thoughtleadership.


    Rob Martens

    Rob Martens | Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships

    Rob Martens uses his unique talent for identifying patterns and associations to look for mega trends in technology, as well as the ways they can be used to improve the average person’s day. 

    5 design details that tie an entire room together

    March 9, 2017 9:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    5 design details that tie an entire room together | Schlage

    Here are five design details that are easy to update and make a major impact on the style of your home.



    When it comes to interior design, the details matter. It's easy to become focused on the major elements, like paint colors and furniture, and overlook the little things. When it's all said and done, it's the details that really set a room off and tie everything together. Here are five elements that are easy to update and make a major impact on the style of your home.
    5 design details that tie an entire room together | Schlage

    1. Door hardware

    Updating your door hardware is an easy project that puts the finishing touch on your space. Try upping your style game but installing a new style and finish that coordinates well with existing hardware and accessories in your home.

    2. Lighting

    Whether you want to add style or function to your space, new lighting can freshen up any room. Try a finish that coordinates with your door hardware and opt for a fixture that brings adequate light into the space.

    3. Hinges

    Don't let the fear of installing new hinges keep you from trying a new finish on your door hardware. Replacing hinges with a coordinating finish is an easy project when you follow a few simple steps. Check out our step-by-step guide to installing new hinges to see for yourself.

    4. Plumbing & fixtures

    Consider updating your bathroom and kitchen faucets to a style and finish that complements your personal style. Uncoordinated hardware can be the single element keeping your home from feeling put together.

    5. Accessories

    Once you've completed installation of your new hardware, set it off with a few accessories that either match or complement the finish. Add a few pops of color for a fun twist or stick to a neutral palette for a sophisticated look. Whatever your personal style, bring it to life in the details.

    We want to help you complete the details in your home and simplify your next DIY project. Follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram for plenty of inspiration.

    How to install door hinges

    March 7, 2017 10:05 AM 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.



    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.

    How to choose replacement hinges

    March 6, 2017 10:16 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    How to choose replacement hinges | Schlage

    Installing door hinges is an easy project for any skill level to take on as long as you choose the correct hinges first. Here’s what you need to know.



    Don't let the fear of installing new hinges keep you from updating your door's hardware. Choosing and replacing door hinges is an easy project you can complete in no time. Before we get into the step-by-step details of installation, here are a few things you should consider when choosing new hinges.
    Replacement door hinges | Schlage


    Hinges are available in a variety of finishes to match any decor. Consider your existing door locks, levers and knobs and other hardware found in the home. At Schlage, we offer a variety of popular finishes to match any decor. Browse hinges and other door hardware accessories here.


    Once you've chosen your finish, you'll need to measure your existing hinges to determine the correct size. In most homes, interior doors will use 3.5" hinges while exterior doors will use 4" hinges to support the additional weight of the door.
    Door hinge sizes | Schlage

    Corner style

    Hinges come in one of three corner styles - 1/4" radius, 5/8" radius, and square. To make the installation go as easily as possible, choose the same corner style as the existing hinges on your door. The easiest way to choose a replacement hinge is by taking an existing hinge with you to the store or simply transfer the pattern of the hinge onto a piece of paper using a pencil. Be sure to transfer the corners and screw holes for a complete look.
    Door hinge corners | Schlage
    Once you're ready to install your new door hinges, check out our step-by-step installation guide here.

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

    March 3, 2017 11:46 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    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.



    Schlage continues to lead the security industry in innovation. The evidence: The Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt is now compatible with a growing list of smart home systems, meaning it’s easier than ever to access your lock via Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. Here’s what you need to know to use your Schlage Connect lock with Amazon Alexa.
    Connected device - Touchscreen lock - Schlage Connect - Amazon Alexa

    1. Are all Schlage Connect models compatible with Amazon Alexa?


    Yes. Both the Schlage Connect lock with Z-Wave technology and Schlage Connect lock with Zigbee technology are compatible with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. You will need a compatible smart home hub to pair your lock to the device.

    2. How do I connect with Amazon Alexa?


    In order to utilize the Schlage Connect lock via Alexa-enabled devices, users must pair the deadbolt to a compatible smart hub. Which hub is required depends on whether your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt uses Z-Wave or Zigbee technology:



    Once your lock is connected to your smart hub, you will be able to access your lock via voice activation.

    3. What can the Schlage Connect lock and Amazon Alexa do?


    After connecting the devices, you can ask Alexa to lock and unlock the door, and check the status of your Schlage Connect deadbolt. This offers the peace of mind and convenience of knowing your home is always locked and protected by one of the strongest, most convenient locks on the market.


    Voice unlocking is one the newest functions available in the integration between Schlage and Amazon Alexa. The feature was made possible through technological improvements that now requires Alexa to authenticate the user’s identity prior to unlocking the door. The additional step helps to maintain the superior security you expect from Schlage while still enjoying the convenience of voice activation. Read more about unlocking your door with Amazon Alexa here.

    4. What else should I know?


    Already trusted in over 40 million homes, Schlage always aims 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. With this in mind, Amazon Alexa is not enabled check battery status or create/maintain secure codes. This ensures that control of these features remains directly in consumers’ hands rather than relying on third-party components.


    The Schlage Connect deadbolt will continue to work even if it’s not connected to the internet if, for example, you choose not to use remote access or your internet is down. In these instances, you can lock and unlock the door and manage access codes at the touchscreen. However, if you would like to control your lock from anywhere and take advantage of the features listed above, you will need that home automation hub.

    Whether asking Alexa from bed if the front door is locked or manually securing your deadbolt from the touchscreen, the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt provides all users with keyless convenience and confidence in their home security. Add to that additional benefits that come when you pair your lock with the other technology in your home and it’s proof that smarter homes start with Schlage.


    Learn about our other smart home integrations for the Schlage Connect locks at schlage.com. If you have questions about setting up your smart lock, message us on Facebook or Twitter.


    Update your home's style from start to finish

    March 1, 2017 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Update your home's style from start to finish | Schlage

    Check out this video to see how door hardware can make a major impact on the style of your home.



    Whether you want to revamp your curb appeal or give your interior a quick upgrade, Schlage's door hardware makes it easy to add the finishing touch to your home. Check out this video to see how door hardware can make a major impact.




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