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Hardware Glossary

Acanthus
A design based on the leaf of the Acanthus plant
Aged Brass
The look of old brass after has lost its original shine
Back Plate
A flat, usually metal piece put on a door or drawer underneath a handle or knob
Back Set
The distance from the edge of a door to the center of the latch
Bar Pull
A handle where one grasps a long piece of metal attached to the drawer at either end
Bore Size
The inside diameter (distance across) of drilled circle or core
Casement Stay
Also called adjusters; hold a window open against wind or gravity
Casement Window
A window with hinged panels so that it opens like a door, not horizontally
Cast Brass
Brass that has been poured into a mold to achieve the desired shape
Center to Center
The distance from the center of one piece or hole to the center of another piece or hole
Cremone Bolt
A window or door lock that uses vertical rods that move up and down
Cup/Bin Pull
Also called finger pulls; a small piece of metal that projects only a short distance from a drawer and is pulled with one’s fingers to open the drawer
Deadbolt Entry
A bolt that is moved in a lock by using a key or knob, without the help of a spring
Decora
A plate used to cover outlets, cable connects, phone jacks, and more
Door Buzzer
Also called doorbells or door ringers; a device placed outside by a door so that visitors can push it to make a noise, alerting residents of their presence
Door Hinges
Two metal plates that are attached with a pin, one of which is on the door and the other of which is attached to the wall, so that the door can swing open and closed
Door Hooks
Also called coat hooks; a small piece of metal that sticks out from a door so that coats, purses, and other objects can be hung on the back of a door
Door Knocker
A heavy piece of metal placed on the main entry door so that visitors can hit the knocker against the door to make a noise and let residents know of their presence
Door Pull
A handle or knob placed on a door so that it can be pulled open, without a latch
Door Set
The complete hardware needed for one door, including two doorknobs, back plates, and latch and lock pieces
Double Cylinder
A lock that is closed from the inside and outside with a key
Drop Pull
A handle where one grasps a long piece of metal attached to the drawer at either end, and that piece of metal is hinged at both ends so that it can swing up or down with relation to the drawer
Dummy Set
A doorknob or other handle that is placed on a door or cupboard but that has no latch or lock
Duplex Switch Plate
A plate used to cover outlets, with two holes for the electrical outlet (where two electronic devices can be plugged in)
Edge Pull
A small piece of hardware placed in a pocket door that can be pulled on to close the door
English Mortise Lock
A type of lock that lies flat against the door, requiring that a pocket be cut into the door, and that also has a handle on the same panel. It usually has a skeleton key to open the lock.
Entry Mortise Lock
A type of lock that lies flat against the door, requiring that a pocket be cut into the door
Entry Set Handle
The complete hardware needed for one door, usually the front door, including two handles and latch pieces
Escutcheon
A keyhole cover, often placed on wooden furniture to protect it against being scratched by a key
Face Plate
A plate used to cover outlets, cable connects, phone jacks, and more
Finger Pull
Also called bin pulls or cup pulls; a small piece of metal that projects only a short distance from a drawer and is pulled with one’s fingers to open the drawer
Finial
A round or pointed ornament, usually placed at the top of a turret, bed post, stair railing, or similar object
Finish
The color, shine, and appearance of the final treatment for a metal or wood
Floor Register
Also called floor grates; a decorative metal or wood plate placed in the floor over an air duct
Flush bolt
A bolt that is designed to be flush with the edge of the door, so that it doesn’t stick out
Flush Pull
A pull or handle that is designed to be flush with the surface of the door, so that it doesn’t stick out
Forged
Metal that has been shaped by hitting it, usually while it is hot
GFI Switch Plate Cover
A plate used to cover outlets, cable connects, phone jacks, and more
Interior Sets
The complete hardware needed for one interior door, including two doorknobs, back plates, latch pieces, and perhaps lock pieces
Keyhole Cover
Also called escutcheon; a decorative plate with a keyhole cutout, placed on wooden furniture to protect it against being scratched by a key
Kick Plate
A thin piece of metal placed at the bottom of a door to protect it from kicks and wear in general
Kitchen Bar Faucet
A faucet that arches upward from the sink and then curves back downward to give more height between the bottom of the sink and the point where water comes out
Knob
The round part of a door handle that fits into the palm of one’s hand
Knob Lever Entry Sets
The complete hardware needed for one door, including one handle, one knob, latch pieces, and perhaps a lock
Lacquer
A clear finish placed on furniture to add shine and protection
Latch Bolt
The part of a lock that extends into the door frame but can be pushed back into the door
Living Finish
A finish that does not offer protection and, consequently, changes over time as it rubs off
Louver
An opening that has pieces at an angle to control the flow of air, often found in floor registers
Mail Slot
A rectangular piece placed in a door or wall that allow mail to be pushed through from the outside into the home
Mortise Lock
A lock that slides into a pocket or slot in a door
Passage Set
The complete hardware needed for one door, including two doorknobs, back plates, and a latch, but no lock
Pendant Pull
A door or cabinet handle that hangs from a hinge and can be pulled to open the door
Privacy Set
The complete hardware needed for one door, including two doorknobs, back plates, and a latch that can be locked from the inside but not from the outside
Pull/Handle
A piece of metal or wood that is attached to a door or cabinet and can be pulled to open the door
Push Plate
A thin piece of metal placed where a doorknob would normally be to protect the door when it is pushed open
Recessed Pull
A handle that sits inside a hold made in the front of a drawer so that nothing sticks out, but one can put one’s fingers inside to pull the door open
Ring Pull
A door or cabinet handle that is a circle or oval and hangs from a hinge and can be pulled to open the door
Rosette
A round decorative element, usually made to look like an open flower
Single Cylinder
A lock that is closed from one side with a key and from the other side with a handle or lever
Skeleton Key
An old-fashioned type of key that has a long post where the teeth to open and close the lock extend from that post
Spindle
A long, thin cylinder of metal that is threaded (screw-like) at both ends that is placed through a door to attach the locking mechanism
Strike Plate
A flat piece of metal placed on the inside of a door, which the lack and lock pass through
Surface Bolt
A sliding bolt that is placed on the face of a door or window frame and slid to the side manually to lock the door or window
Thumb Entry Set
A handle that has a small lever above it that can be pushed down with one’s thumb to open the latch on a door, as well as the accompanying lock
Thumb Grip Entry
A handle that has a small lever above it that can be pushed down with one’s thumb to open the latch on a door
Thumb Latch
The part of a lock that can be pushed easily with one’s thumb to lock or unlock a door
Thumb Turn
A small handle that is used to lock or unlock a door
Toggle Switch Plate
Also called light switch plates; a plate used to cover the opening in a wall for a light switch that moves up and down
Tubular Latch
A cylindrical latch that is placed on the edge of a door to hold the door in place when it is closed