Let's just say I have disturbed sleep on many nights. When I get up
for a while to get sleepy again, I almost always awaken my wife who is
a light sleeper because our cheap bedroom door knob makes noise when I
turn it due to the sloppy fit of the parts. All the big box store
knobs make the same noise. I would be willing to pay more for a knob
that is of better quality and quiet when turned. Can anyone recommend
quality door knobs that I could check out and buy online if they are
better made? Thanks.
Yes. Go to a locksmith and there you can purchase/order "commercial grade"
These are the locksets you will see on the doors of commercial buildings,
schools, government buildings, etc. These doors get very heavy use, so long
lasting quality locksets are needed.
Schlage for example is a company, which in addition to manufacturing cheap
consumer locksets, also manufactures high quality "commercial grade"
locksets. And "commercial grade" is ONLY available at locksmiths.
The Schlage "commercial grade" lockset on my front door cost about $200.00
eight years ago for example. Not cheap, but these will last forever.
Suggestion: Use Weiser door locks, unless someone gives you a door
that has a door handle already installed.
Weiser work fine. Virtually noiseless, noise never been an issue. Our
house (and the first house we built in 1960) is full of them; very
Also sticking mainly with one type simplifies the occasional spare
parts and maintenance. Many Weiser parts are interchangeable (So if
scrapping a lock keep some of the parts).
Only time used what IIRC was a Schlage (or cheap imitation?) was to
replace a similar lock on relatives garage door. The Weiser drillings
BTW a safety tip. For those locks (e.g. bathroom or child's bedroom)
which have the capability to be opened by inserting a straight pin
etc. from outside, keep a short piece of stiff coat hanger wire on top
of the door trim above door.
In an emergency, such as grandfather keeling over in the bathroom with
a heart attack, or a child trapped in a room during a fire, that piece
of wire could be live-saver. If it's not an emergency the wire stays
where it is and a polite knock on the door with "May I come in?" are
appropriate. But everyone in the house knows the wire is there 'If an
Also BTW haven't heard of it for years; maybe cos our crowd is 'all
growed up'. But local Fire Depts, at one time encouraged the use of a
round red symbol facing outward on the window of any bedroom with a
child/children in it.
re: ... local Fire Depts, at one time encouraged the use of a round
red symbol facing outward on the window of any bedroom with a child/
children in it.
My local volunteer fire dept used to give out "Child Finder" stickers
for windows, but they stopped many years ago.
It seems that so many people moved or the kids moved out/grew up or
whatever that the odds of a child actually being in the room with the
sticker were getting smaller and smaller. People put the stickers up
when they had kids, but never removed them when they were no longer
needed. The fireman were entering homes based on the stickers instead
of fighting the fire the way the fire was telling them to. Now I guess
they follow standard procedures unless they are told or have good
reason to believe that a certain room contains kids.
Perhaps a fire fighting member of this group could verify/debunk that
Not a fire fighter, but I remember reading press releases that agree
with your scenario. Seems to me that putting the year on the sticker
would solve most of the problem. Any sticker over 3-4 years old could be
ignored. Probably a moot point, though, since they have to clear the
entire building anyway, and it is very seldom a situation where they can
only pick one room to enter.
The moment I grab the handle, the slop makes a racket even before I
turn the knob. Thanks all for the good tip: commercial grade door
knobs. I'll look into that, sounds like the solution. Although
probably futile, I'll squirt WD-40 into it first. Thanks again.
Some bedroom door knobs use a mortise lock, with square
shaft knobs. Others use a cylindrical knob set which fits in
a 2 1/8 cross bore. Generally, what the other fellow said. A
commercial grade privacy set would be much quieter. Schlage,
Dexter, Arrow, and a couple of the cheaper chinese made PLS,
US Lock. All much better fit than the hardware store
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