Hollow Metal Doors & Frames, Architectural Hardware
Locksets: Lever

Levers are highly popular and a standard spec for most projects.We offer Dorex Lever sets in the Grade 2 FHC (bent back), FC (curved back) or FS (straight) styles and in the Grade 3 FHC style. These locks come with optional through bolts which require you to make a pilot hole on either side of the lock hole before installing the lever.  They are easy to install and solidly built. An optional short latch for a 2 3/8” backset is available for the Grade 2 leversets.


Most cylindrical locksets sold today are designated as either Grade 3 – residential, Grade 2 – light duty commercial or Grade 1 – heavy duty commercial/institutional. The grade refers to the ANSI standard tests for door hardware. If the product literature says that the locks “conform to”, rather than is, ANSI Grade 1 etc., that means the manufacture has carried out its own tests to determine compliance rather than pay the ANSI to authorize the testing.  Hardware that “conforms to ANSI” may be just as good as hardware tested by the standard.


At one time so, called “import” hardware or “off shore“ hardware  was considered  not as good by some in the industry  as locksets manufactured domestically. That issue has become less important because of the high quality of much of the product and because many manufacturers avail themselves of at least some off shore product.


Locksets are available in a variety of styles in both orbit and lever designs and in a wide array of finishes (Ex. brass, satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze) which can be identified by three different numbering systems.  A chart equating the different numbers with the same finishes is included in the resource section. The most popular finish for commercial use is satin chrome, designated as 626 or C26D. Orbit locksets, once the standard of the industry have largely given way to lever handles because of barrier free requirement in the Ontario Building Code.


Locksets are available in a number of standard basic functions: passage, privacy, office/entry, classroom, storeroom and dummy locksets. Most of these are familiar to you. Classroom locksets can be both always locked or always unlocked by the key; storeroom locksets are always locked and require a key for entry.

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