Large and Oversized Door Handles For Commercial and Residential Properties

Many commercial businesses including restaurants, shopping malls and small businesses utilize large swing doors for their main entrances. These doors are traditionally constructed from metal, glass or heavy woods that require heavy duty door pulls to open and close. Large and oversized door pulls can be plain or decorative and depending on the material, easy to use or extremely difficult. The last thing a business owner wants it to make it hard to enter their establishment and choosing a door pull that is easy to grasp and aesthetically pleasing is a great way to create a welcoming environment for customers.

Solid brass construction is the best choice for most door hardware because it is strong, resistant to tarnish and normal wear and tear and can be cast in a variety of different patterns and finishes. Other metals tend to become easily damaged and will need frequent replacement over the years. Unlaquered brass will age over time so if you are searching for a finish that will remain the same color, make sure it is lacquered.

Design is a critical element in creating a theme in any business or home. An Italian restaurant for example, may have a very rustic theme while a modern shopping mall could be very contemporary. Every detail counts and choosing a door pull that coordinates with your theme will bring the interior and exterior designs together easily. Research the architectural style and history of your building if you are renovating an existing property and search for door hardware that is designed in that style. It is not necessary to use actual antique hardware because will have already endured years of use and could break more easily – many realtors will offer reproduction pieces that use the original moulds so the design is authentic and would have been originally used. During many historical renovations it is important to find alternatives to the original door hardware and this is a great solution to find reliable hardware.

Heavy traffic areas require heavier duty pulls as do heavier doors. Take the weight of the door and the expected amount of usage into account before selecting a design. Consult with a contractor or designer for suggestions if you are unsure – it is important to err on the side of caution.

Swing doors can utilize a pull on either side of the door if it is bidirectional or a push plate on one side and pull on the other side for unidirectional swing doors. If replacement pulls are being installed it is important to measure to the center to center distance of existing mount holes and choose a pull that is compatible. Consult with the manufacturer regarding the weight of the door pull for larger or oversized items – heavy door pulls can be inappropriate for lighter weight doors and may cause the door to swing open and closed unpredictably.

Small details matter during any renovation or new construction project and taking the time to choose suitable door hardware can make the difference in a good design and a great design. Ask questions if you are unsure about anything and remember to pay attention to all measurements. Large and oversized door pulls are available online and in many retail hardware stores.

Sliding Door Hardware: Installing Bi-Fold Sliding Doors

Materials and Tools Needed

– Combination Square
– Cordless Drill
– Centering Bit
– Hacksaw
– Plumb Bob
– Bit Extender
– Hacksaw

*This is a fairly easy job. The job will be a bit more difficult if the doors are extremely heavy, or if your closet opening isn’t square.

Finish/Paint Doors

You always want to finish and/or paint your doors before installation. This will save you a lot of time.

Mount the Hinges

Take a jamb side door and mark its inner edge 11-inches from the bottom and 7-inches from the top, centered between the two. Place the door on edge with the marks facing up so that you can see them.

Now take the lower half of a hinge and align its bottom with the bottom mark. Make sure its knuckles are facing back and flush to the edge. Use your self-centering bit to drill pilot holes through the hinge holes. Screw on the hinge plate and attach the top and middle hinges to their marks.

Place the leading (inner) door on edge, facing back-to-back with the first door. Align the doors evenly against a square. Now put the hinges together and screw the hinge plates to the leading door.

*Repeat this process on the second pair of doors.

Attach the Track Hardware

Fasten the pivot plates and the locking arms to the top and bottom of each of the doors. The pivot plates go on the tops and bottoms of the jamb-side doors, and the locking arm on the tops of the leading doors.

*Each kit requires its hardware to be uniquely positioned, so check the diagrams that come with yours for exact measurements and placements.

Install the Track

After the track is put together you will be ready to install it. Use your hacksaw and cut the track to properly fit the closet length/opening. Slide the hanging hardware into the track and attach the track to the door header with the screws that should be provided.

*Don’t tighten the hardware onto the track. It will be easier to hang the doors later if the pieces are loose.

Position Your Floor Bracket

For this you need to use the measurements that are supplied by the manufacturer to position the floor bracket next to the doorjamb properly.

Hang your plumb bob tool from the center of the track above the floor bracket to align the pinhole in the bracket front-to-back. This will ensure that the doors are plumb when installed.

*Outline the bracket in pencil to mark its exact location.

Screw the bracket in place. Now remove the screws and set the bracket and screws aside.

Hang the Doors

Carry your doors to the track and lift the jamb side of the door so that it locks into the pin of the top pivot plate. When you are sure that the pin is all the way in, push the lever on the side of the socket to lock it in place.
Now with the doors closed, swing them forward enough to catch the floor bracket in the bottom pivot pin.

Attach the Floor Bracket

Swing your doors back into place so that you can attach the floor bracket. Find the marks you previously made and then use your flexible bit extender to screw down the bracket.

Hang the other set of doors using the same technique already stated here.

*You may want to get some help, as this will be easier with another person.

Attach the Door Aligner

You need to do this from inside the closet with the doors closed. Go ahead and mount the door aligners between the two leading doors. The aligners should catch when the doors are closed.

*Do this about 6-inches up from the floor.

Install the Door Pulls

The door pulls (handles) can be installed pretty much however you want them. Pick the height you want to place them at and them follow your manufacturers instructions on installing them

You should now be able to enjoy your new bi-fold doors. Your closet will have a whole new look and feel.