How to latch a swinging door?
October 30, 2012 7:24 PM Subscribe
What do you call a deadbolt with two levers?
posted by contraption to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
I have an interior door that is hinged to swing freely in both directions, and I'd like to keep it that way. I would also like to have the option of latching the door closed so that it serves as an impediment to my cats when I want to corral them in one section of the house, but retain the ability for a primate on either side of the door to readily unlatch and open it. It seems to me that what I want is a deadbolt with no lock cylinder, just a lever on each side. I know this exists, but I do not know how to search for it. Is there a standard name for this thing? Do you know who sells one? I saw one recently installed in a house that was made by Baldwin, but cheaper stuff would be good to know about too.
The door is solid wood and has never been cut for any hardware, currently you just push on it from either side to open. The frame is likewise unblemished and ready for modification. I'd prefer something relatively unobtrusive that's hard to mistake for a regular doorknob. It could be installed on any edge of the door, though the top or side would be preferable (the floor will be renovated soon and I'd rather not have to redo a floor-mounted strike.)