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August 23, 2016

The Different Types of Door Levers

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How often do we actually think about the little things in our day to day life like the piping that makes a home able to use modern sewage systems, the insulation that goes into each and every home, and so many other things? Answer, we don’t. Today we will be talking about another little thing we never think of – the different types of door levers.

So many office buildings have these door levers, instead of having a round knob, these levers offer more space for grabbing, a more interesting look, and are often made of metal. Featuring in hilarious videos where pets open doors, children pull themselves up, and used for hanging decorations around the holidays, so much of life is spent around these door levers.

The most common kind of lever is the non-locking type. These are often used on closets, storage areas, or decorative doors. These can be opened very easily and are popular for use in laundry rooms and pantries as they do not require hands to open. These are easily identified as they are completely smooth with no holes anywhere on the lever.

The second type of lever is the privacy lock. These have no key, but work by depressing a button on the inside lever. These are common on bathrooms, children’s bedrooms, and any room that needs to be closed off inside of the home, but doesn’t need to be completely locked up. These are distinguished by the small pin shaped hole within the lever.

Next, there is the keyed locking lever. This works just like any other door lock, however they can look a little more professional and be easier to open when working with items in one’s hands. These are commonly found on the outside of apartment doors, on boardrooms, and in professional settings. The lock is usually set into the shaft while the lever itself remains unmarked.

There is also a lever that comes with a keypad. These are ideal for maximum security areas. Some examples could be the entrance to an apartment building, a storage facility, or a laboratory that keeps important ingredients locked away. These look like any other lever with a keypad attached. They can also have a manual override key slot or a switch to enable access to the keypad.

Finally, there are levers that do not turn at all. These are often used on dividing doors; French doors, and other non-useable doors. These fulfill the job of a door pull, but make the door look a bit more professional. Switching to these levers can also make a door easier to grip. These look similar to the non-locking design and it is often easy to confuse the two.

Each of these different types of door levers has their own uses, their own looks, and exists around us every day. The next time you are out shopping or considering a home-improvement project, you will be able to quickly notice the difference between these door levers. This may give you some insight into new buildings and better ideas for decorating as well.