Door Handles. Monday , October 01st , 2018 - 13:52:05 PM
Depictions of door handles in paintings dating to the first century CE are centrally placed hinged rings. The modern door knocker is a vestige of this style of primitive door handle. Doors were typically secured by bars and brackets to prevent them from being opened by either intent or accident. Over time, large crossbars used to secure a door were supplanted by sliding bars, operated by a handle secured to the bar and projecting through a slot in the door, or as a pivoting bar - often called a latch - that could be dropped into a matching slot on the door jamb. In Colonial America, the operating mechanism for a small pivoting bar was a latch string threaded through a hole in the door near the handle. There are - probably apocryphal - accounts and references implying that this mechanism was a workaround for heavy taxes and a crown edict mandating the colonists could only use door latches or locks imported from England. About the middle of the 18th century, handles and locks were integrated into a single unit, the earliest known examples being levers that both operated the latch and served as a pull to open the door.
When you are looking at door handles, it is also a good idea to consider the types of handle accessories that you might need, including locks, latches, and hinges for the other side of the door. All of these can affect how the door is opened and closed, and can also add to the atmosphere and appearance of a room. When you are making these purchases, it makes sense to buy a set together, rather than buying individual pieces and then using them together.
The Kitchen is the one room in the house that presents the door handle manufacturer and supplier with a range of problems peculiar to that room and which are worth considering. The door handles require a number of design factors to be considered dependent on their position and usage. The first problem with a kitchen is that because it deals with food it is susceptible to the transmission of germs throughout the kitchen. Food is invariably transported and prepared by hand and this is then transmitted to other surfaces when cupboards are opened and closed. The fridge and freezer are the major culprits because these are the most commonly used appliances but the other cupboards are also a prime contenders. The use of door handles to open the cupboard doors are the prime region of contact where and whilst some materials are better than others for retaining germs, all of the handles do it to some degree. Therefore it is worth using a door handle that is easily cleaned on a regular basis so that any germs are disinfected quickly and precisely.
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