Home Improvement Guide Handles & Knobs river2u.com
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There is an endless variety of handles and knobs. But here are some tips to help you narrow down your thoughts about the kind you need:

Purpose

Knobs and handles are used to open and close doors, windows, and similar type objects. If a lot of force is required to open, you should pick hardware that is strong and allows you to get a firm grip on it (that is why a doorknob is larger than a cabinet handle). Handles are better if you need to apply a lot of pulling force since handles can be grasped from behind.

Shape

Basically, knobs are round (sometimes spherical) and handles are long. Knobs twist if they must move a latch but otherwise can be fixed liked a handle. Most handles set the grip between the user and the door, however a few styles are embedded in the door to provide a flush, flat surface.

Material

Brass, silver, aluminum, steel, and gold are the most frequently used materials. Sometimes handles are a combination of several materials, such as metal parts that attach a glass, wood, or plastic pole.

Style

Handles and knobs are available in virtually any style. Pick the style that matches the style of the item to which it is attached (a modern style for a modern piece of furniture, for example).

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