Oakley Valdez. Door Handles. September 13th , 2018.
Door handle is an ambiguous term, and includes door latches, bars, and knobs. Depending on the geographical location and its place in time, they vary in design, form and materials. The only constant is its function: an attachment used to open or close a door. The earliest doors extant are approximately 5000 years old. Door handles, as devices to manipulate a gateway, became a necessity shortly after the invention of the pivoting mechanism. To most, pivots are simply known as hinges, however, there are nearly as many hinge designs and configurations as there are handles. The simplest handle is a pull - or push - projection on the side opposite the hinge. The placement of the handle is generally where it will provide an optimal mechanical advantage; most doors operating as second class levers. Doors with centre pulls or rings, or a pivot point in a location other than one edge of the door, use first or third class lever principles.
Storm Door Handles. While the Storm door handle could be described as an attempt to mix and match the two previous options, it really stands out on its own. The very long back plate is 185mm, over 50mm more than the length of the lever handle (which is 127mm). The handle itself is slightly curved, although not enough to be very noticeable, and is a single length of handle, rather like the Monet. It features the different colour metal on the palm pad, as exhibited by the Nimbus, which makes it an ideal match for a more modern house. The Storm door handle is also available with a lockable back plate which again matches a mortice lock in the same style. When you are looking for door handles with an additional back plate, you need to consider the different roles which style and tradition can play in the design of the door handles. The back plate is a very traditional feature of doors, and can be seen on most Victorian-age homes, but the plate can also be adapted for more modern use, showing that it is adaptable for the times we live in. If you have a traditional home, then you may choose a more traditional back plate design, but for people living in new-build houses, modern back plate features on handles can provide the nod to tradition that they were looking for, without sacrificing style.
When it comes to choosing a door handle you may think a door handle is just that, right? Well that is one train of thought but it is important to make sure that you buy the right one for the right job for a variety of reasons. The first thing to think about is where is it going to be fitted, and I know the obvious answer is a door! But there is a little more to it than that, such as where is the door located, how much "Traffic" comes through it, and what type of traffic it is (In terms of people) to name but a few questions.
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