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The Tidy Tradie - Lock Carpenter
Door Hardware & Lock Fitting Service - Sydney. Door handles, bolts & locks installed perfectly by a Lock Carpenter. Done Once, Done Right!
Door Hardware & Lock Fitting Service - Sydney. Door handles, bolts & locks installed perfectly by a Lock Carpenter. Done Once, Done Right!


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There is a trend for replacing all the doors in the house.

Hanging a door in a jamb properly, is not as easy as some carpenters like to claim. It can be difficult to get the correct sized gap which needs to be parallel around all 4 edges of the door. Then the door has to swing closed without binding on the hinge jamb and meeting parallel with the lock jamb.

Nearly every door that I have come to replace whether in a new or old house, has been hung in a door jamb that was never put in straight, square, plumb or level by the previous carpenter! That's right - even in new homes and apartments!

These crooked jambs can make it very difficult for the in experienced door installer to hang a door correctly. The doors usually end up with uneven gaps and often too bigger gaps which look rough. Then there's the handle and lock issues....

If you live in the Upper North Shore of Sydney and are wanting to replace your old doors, complete with new hinges, locks and handles, then get in touch via my website. I guarantee to install your doors right the first time!

#door #doorhanger #doorhanging #doorinstall #doorinstaller #doorfitter #doorcarpenter #sydneydoors
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Architectural Door Hardware

In a professionally designed home where attention to detail is everything, you will notice that even the handles and locks of each door have been carefully selected. The function, the level of security, the style, the finish, have all been determined by various people to achieve exactly what the homeowners want.

Door hardware projects can be a long process from concept to completion, especially if the hardware is custom made and comes from overseas. Some hardware orders can take 6-12 weeks to arrive! There’s a lot of pressure on the hardware consultant to measure and order everything correctly, because at the lock up stage of the job when it all gets installed, job delays can occur if something's missing or not right.

There is also a lot of pressure on the carpenter. Big homes normally have big heavy, custom made doors which require a very experienced carpenter to install correctly. Then they have to bore holes through each door and neatly install all the bolts, locks, handles etc. If a mistake is made in the installation process and the door can’t be patched, then a new custom made door has to be ordered, installed, sealed etc.

It’s becoming rare these days to find a carpenter who can hang doors, install locks and fit handle sets all correctly without any imperfections. It doesn’t sound like much to ask for but unfortunately it is. I’m not so much talking about in an average home because most of the doors and hardware are from Bunnings and the homeowners aren’t paying top dollar expecting a perfect result. I’m talking about in the very large expensive homes.

You can tell if a door is hung correctly by the following:
The door sides and top should have a consistent 2-3mm gap in between the jamb.
The gap under the door should be a consistent 2-4mm above carpet and 4-6mm above timber or tiled floors.
The door should not swing open or closed on it’s own.
The door should close parallel against the jamb.
The hinges, flush bolts etc should be neatly cut in.

You can tell if the lock and handles are fitting correctly by the following:
The lock latches into the striker firmly so the door doesn’t rattle when closed.
The turned levers or knobs should spring back to their proper position.
The key or snib easily turns to lock and unlock the door.
The tongue of the latch misses the architrave and glides easily into the strike plate.
The lock cut outs look neat and flush, with no visible holes or marks on the door.

“Architectural door hardware should be a pleasure to use, when installed correctly!”

If you are an owner, builder, designer or architect and you have gone to the trouble of selecting investment quality door hardware for your next project, then you must make sure that the carpenter chosen to install your door hardware knows what they’re doing.

Door handles and locks are something that get used everyday by the people living in the home and they should continue to leave a positive impact.

Using an architecturally designed handle on an entrance door can feel like a good handshake to the house, but it can also feel cheap and nasty if it is badly installed.

If you have any question regarding door hardware or installation, please leave a comment below or contact me directly at

Tony Gouverneur
The Tidy Tradie - Lock Carpenter

#lockinstall #lockinstallation #lockfitting #lockcarpenter #architecturaldoorhardware #doorhardware #doorlocks #doorhandles #doorfurniture #locks #handles #sydney #australia
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Who Installs Architectural Door Hardware?

When a home owner decides to spend big money dressing up their doors with designer handles and mortice locks, they are always presented with this one BIG question.

Who do I call to install the door hardware????

A locksmith, Builder, Carpenter or Handyman? This is where things can and do go horribly wrong!

First let's cover the basics of each of these trades.

Locksmith - an expert at metal work. They pick locks, configure key cylinders, create master key systems, install mortice locks, rim locks etc into metal doors and gates.

Builder - an expert at building and construction. They can be supervisors, carpenters or bricklayers and are great at managing large teams of trades people.

Carpenter - an expert at wood work. They are usually multi skilled but some just specialise in wall framing, roof framing, doors/windows, stairs, fix out, decks and pergolas.

Handyman - a jack of all trades. Multi skilled in all types of building and repair work but not usually an expert or specialist in any certain trade.

From my 20+ years of experience being a licensed Builder and Carpenter, I have always noticed a lack of skill and knowledge from trades people, when it came to fitting door hardware. Even hanging timber doors correctly was an issue, but that’s another story.

Take for instance, the hardware on an external pair of rebated French doors.

*6 hinges have to be neatly installed for the 2 doors to be hung correctly.
*The inactive door has a flush bolt fitted, top and bottom on the face or edge
*Flush bolt strike plates have to be fitted correctly to prevent the door from rattling.
*A big mortice lock and rebate kit has to be fitted into the active door’s rebated edge.
*A rebated striker plate has to be fitted into the inactive door’s rebated edge.
*Then finally the handle set, lock cylinder and escutcheons get fitted.

Let's say in this example, the doors have already been hung. This job could take a trade person 4-5 hours to fit all that door hardware but there would still be problems with it. The bolts would be hard to use, the doors would rattle and feel loose when locked up, the handles would be stiff and not spring back on their own, the cut outs would be rough looking etc.

I see a lot of new doors get damaged from bad attempts of installing bolts, locks and handles. Holes often get drilled in the wrong position and have to be patched up. This is terrible if you have to patch a stained door.

So you maybe asking, which trade professional would I recommend?

1st choice - Fix Out Carpenter
2nd choice - General Carpenter
3rd choice - Residential Locksmith
4th choice - Handyman

Be careful though. Just because someone is a carpenter, it doesn’t mean that they have a thorough knowledge and experience with all the high end locks and handles.

Because this type of installation work is such a small part of building a large detailed home, they may only install door hardware once every 6-12 months. A good carpenter should be able to do a nice neat job without too many problems.

Locksmiths have the most experience when it comes to locks, but they tend to lack the carpentry skill of neatly cutting into timber doors and frames. They also charge more than a carpenter.

Handymen can install most things but don’t expect a neat finish. They generally are the cheapest.

If you find someone who says they are confident at installing your investment quality door hardware, ask to see photos of their work first. Look for testimonials on their website or other review sites.

Too many tradies say “yeah yeah yeah, I can do it, no worries!”

Then it all turns bad and you pay their invoice at the end because you don’t want any confrontations. Trust me I know how it works because I get the calls to go and fix it up all the time.

I have met a lot of people who were quite happy to spend thousands of dollars on architectural door hardware, yet they were let down and disappointed by the way someone had fitted it. In saying that though, I do get pleasantly surprised seeing doors with new hardware fitted perfectly, so there are good installers out there!

“Architectural Door Hardware should be a pleasure to use, when installed correctly”.

Hopefully this article answered the BIG question for you and helps lead you to finding the right installer for your next project. Good luck and I wish you all the best!

Tony Gouverneur
The Tidy Tradie - Lock Carpenter
0414 559 970

#locksmith #lockinstaller #lockinstallation #lockfitting #morticelock #locks #handles #doorlock #doorhardware #flushbolt
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A small questionnaire for Builders. 7 multi-choice questions about your experience when ordering & installing door hardware on your residential  projects. Click the link to start.
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What is the difference between a Lock Carpenter & a Locksmith?
A Lock Carpenter is an expert at woodwork. They are very neat at installing mortice locks, rim locks, flush bolts etc into wooden doors.
A Locksmith is an expert at metal work. They configure key cylinders, pick locks, install mortice locks, rim locks etc into metal doors & gates.
My advice is to never assume that a Lock Carpenter is good at metalwork or a Locksmith is good at woodwork.

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Hire a Lock Carpenter if you want your architectural door hardware installed correctly & neatly. These Domino handles are fitted to an SAB mortice lock, with a rebate kit. This type of lock fitting is not for your average carpenter, handyman or locksmith to install. The handles operate smoothly and the latch keeps the doors nice & firm. Just what you would expect for buying top quality handles & locks.
#lockcarpenter   #doorhardware   #doorlocks   #doorhandles   #morticelock   #lockfitting   #locksmith   #lockinstaller   #lockinstallation   #sydney  
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Door Hardware Installer - Sydney's No.1 Lock Mortising Service. Whole house fit outs done quick, neat & tidy! If you're a Master Builder who needs to get to lock up fast! Then call The Tidy Tradie - Door & Lock Carpenter.
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