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Old 06-28-2010, 11:50 PM   #1
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We just purchased a new door, and I'm really looking forward to putting it in, but am having a terrible time deciding which type of door handle to use. I've heard great things about Baldwin, but they are pretty pricey. I'm looking for something that's going to stand up to use and abuse. What's your experience? Any recommendations?

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Baldwin is definitely a class act, will last a lifetime. Schlague would be my next choice, but no their cheapy line. Qwikset has been around for a long time, but their line seems to have been cheapened in the last few years.

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I've installed Emtek locksets many times on higher end projects without any complaints
http://www.handlesets.com/emtek/c378...FRNSgwod1UuxWQ
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Thanks for the input, guys! After going to Home Depot and man-handling all of the sets one last time, the Baldwin just feels the most solid (though they don't seem to carry emtek). I decided I probably won't be replacing it anytime soon, and based on the amount of work I'm putting into finishing the door, I want the hardware to match. Baldwin it is.

If you're interested - more about the door project here: http://www.drunken-diy.com/staining-the-front-door/
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Personal experience, test them out at the store. i bought a basic lock, and didn't realize that even though you lock the door, the inside handle still can open the door! Locked myself out in the winter, no phone, no keys to house or car. Needless to say it was and old solid door so i ended up kicking it in and now have a new aluminum door (with different hardware of course)
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