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Doors: To Mortise or Not to Mortise Main Boise Home Design
The value of function and design in regards to interior doors and how they are prepped.

You have just spent months picking out the fixtures, colors, flooring ,windows, siding and all of the elements that contribute to the perfectly designed home.  The doors have the exact design you had wanted and the project is truly taking shape.  They are installing your doors:  Mortised or Drive In?  More often than not, your builder will make this call for you, so stay informed. 

mortise:  noun  a notch, hole, groove, or slot made in a piece of wood or the like to receive a tenon of the same dimensions.  a deep recess cut into wood for any of several other purposes, as for receiving a mortise lock.

drive in: verb  the contractor does just that - with a hammer he drives this supreme quality latch into the hole of the door... with a hammer? Yes, with a hammer!  I wonder how long it's supremecy will last. 

How is your door hardware installed?  Check it out. 

Echo Garrett
Triad Distributing NW, Inc.
Premiere Supplier to the Treasure Valley Building Materials Industry
Posted by Echo Garrett at 2/29/2008 12:10:00 AM
Comments (2)
Re:Doors: To Mortise or Not to Mortise
Good post Echo, One of those small details that home owners will often overlook
or more likely didn't know the difference to begin with. Explain to the readers why the drive in backset is inferior to the mortised backset latch. Flimsy hardware on flimsy hollow doors will create headaches for homeowners for years to come. Its almost always cheaper to spend more money the first time.
Bond Campbell
Posted by on 2/28/2008 6:24 PM
Re:Doors: To Mortise or Not to Mortise
This is something new to me. However I have to say mortised looks way better and finished. Drive in looks cheap. Who ever pays attention to this part of their door anyway? Well I am here to say "You should" In fact fixed mortised is better that adjustable mortised, they will wear out in time. Good call Bond!
Posted by on 8/26/2008 8:21 AM
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