Interior Finishes

Finish Hardware

Finish hardware is well named named. These products protect, decorate, facilitate movement and avoid wear to finishes and high-use areas of your home. Designed to be attractively functional. As a result, they help protect finishes from damage caused by frequent use and wear. Finish hardware looks good while adding durability and usefulness to your home.

Finish hardware
Victorian glass doorknob

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. Attractive products of metal, glass or even plastic in some cases are good choices.

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

  • Loose or unattached towel bars. This can happen if the builder attached the towel bar directly to the sheetrock instead of a wall stud. Sheetrock is much too weak to endure any weight or force. So, install adequate backing material 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. Use shorter hardware screws instead.
  • Lubricate squeaky hinges or sluggish drawer slides 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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