Hardware is a class of products used for protection, decoration, and convenience at tactile or human interaction points in the home. These products support the operation of the structure and help make it work properly and endure. Hardware supports fixtures like windows, doors, cabinets, plumbing and sometimes stand alone. Common examples include door knobs, locks, towel bars/hooks, numerals, cabinet pulls, drawer slides, hinges, switch plates.
These items are normally made of hard wearing and attractive metals.
Some of the newer cabinet hinges and drawer slide technology is very nice allowing for self-closing and soft-closing functions. Heavy-duty slides are available for large drawers holding loads of heavy pots and pans.
- Towel bars often come loose or are pulled completely off the wall. This typically happens because the builder attached the towel bar directly to the sheetrock which is too weak to endure any weight. Adequate backing material should be installed in the framing behind the sheetrock at the bar location to securely attach the mountings to.
- Cabinet knobs or pulls often are loose and cannot be tightened enough to take up the looseness. This occurs when the screws holding the pulls are too long. The need to be removed and shorter screws installed so the pull can be securely tightened.
- Squeaky hinges or sluggishly operating drawer slides can be lubricated with bit of food grade silicone lubricant spray.
- 1x per year: Keep the hardware tightly attached and aligned and lubricate all the hinges and locks.
- 1x per year: Go through the house once a year and tighten all the knobs, pulls and handles and align, tighten, adjust.