Interior Finishes

Finish Hardware

Finish hardware is very appropriately named. The term describes products that are used to protect, decorate, facilitate movement and avoid wear at finishes and high-use areas of your home. These items are involved in moving parts and help protect from damage caused by frequent use and wear. Finish hardware products look nice and add durability and usefulness to your home.

Windows, doors, cabinets and plumbing count on hardware to withstand excess abrasion from frequent operation.  Common examples of finish hardware include door knobs, locks, towel bars/hooks, numerals, cabinet pulls, drawer slides, hinges, switch plates. These items are normally made of durable and attractive metals.

Recent innovations in finish hardware have led to cabinet hinges and drawer slides with self-closing and soft-closing functions. Extra heavy-duty slide hardware is available for large kitchen drawers holding heavy pots and pans.

Common Problems

  • Towel bars often come loose or are pulled completely off the wall by hard use. This can happen if the builder attached the towel bar directly to the sheetrock instead of a wall stud. Sheetrock is too weak to endure much weight. Adequate backing material should be installed behind the sheetrock at any hardware mounting location.
  • Cabinet knobs or pulls often become loose and cannot be tightened enough to take up the looseness. This occurs when the screws holding the pulls are too long. The too-long screws need to be removed and shorter screws installed. This will allow the pull to be be securely tightened.
  • Squeaky hinges or sluggishly operating drawer slides can be lubricated with bit of food grade silicone lubricant spray.

Maintenance

  • 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.
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