Handle Locks

Handle Locks are the most common locks.


These Handle locks types are known as:

  • Entrance Set
  • Privacy Set
  • Passage set
  • Classroom set
  • Storeroom set

Each one of these handle locks has a set function which describes how each handle lock will operate.


There are a lot of shapes the actual handle can come in, this includes levers handle locks.


There are more and more colours available, but the normal colour finishers are

  • Stainless steel (No change)
  • Chrome Plate  (does go dull)
  • Gold (always goes bad)
  • Brown (Lasts about 10 years)
  • Matt Black (New colour & I guess we will see how long it lasts)

What each Function of handle lock & where it’s used.

Entrance Sets

On your front door or back door, you will have a handle lock called an “Entrance set”.

Entrance Sets is the generic term, used to describe a handle lock that has a key on one side & locks that side of the door.

On the inside of an Entrance set, there could be a Push Button, Turn Snib or the knob is just free access all the time.

Privacy Sets

Are manly used on bathroom or toilet doors.
You either push a button or turn a turn snib from inside to lock the outside handle.
These locks can be unlocked from the outside, either with a small flat blade screwdriver or the older types with a hair pin by pushing.
Sometimes privacy sets are installed on master bedrooms.

Passage sets

A Passage set is just a handle lock without a lock, it can’t be locked from either side and is just used to keep the door from flapping in the wind.
Normally found installed on a  hallway door, bedroom door.

Classroom Set

Classroom set have a special function of being able to be locked open or locked closed. 

You use the key to lock open these handle locks and they become the same function as a passage set until the key is used to lock the handle lock.

Storeroom set

Storeroom handle locks are always free access from inside and can not be locked from inside. 

On the outside the handle is always locked & when the door closes the door is locked again.

The key is used to open the lock by retracting the latch. 

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