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Selecting and Buying Hardware

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SELECTING AND BUYING HARDWARE When it comes to the selection of the hard ware for a house, the question as to whether cheap, medium, or high-grade material shall be used depends largely upon the character of the house, and whether it is for private use or for sale or renting purposes. If for private use, the difference in cost between a cheap grade of hard ware and a medium grade, with some of the more important articles such as locks or butts of high grade, will be more than offset in the long run by the wearing qualities of the goods. Broken hardware, aside from the replacing value, is often expensive and troublesome to renew.

Care should be taken in choosing the types of locks, butts, etc., used as the general finish of the house should determine largely the size and de sign to be purchased. Catalogues of the differ ent manufacturers usually explain in detail the finishes and characteristics of their different articles, and it is considered to be good policy to use the line of some reputable concern throughout the entire work. This insures har mony in design, and prevents confusion in fit ting pieces in their proper places.

If possible, procure samples of each article to be used, and examine carefully before buying. The experience of an architect who has handled the same line of goods in other residences is valu able. See the actual articles under similar cir cumstances, and note the conditions of wear and appearance.

When listing the hardware needed, a careful list should be made, containing the name of each article, the quantity desired, any necessary fea tures which it must possess which are out of the ordinary, and its exact location in the house.

Costs may now be easily arrived at by making up this list in the cheap-grade, medium-grade, and high-grade qualities. Then, by finally de ciding upon a combination of articles from the three lists, the cost may be kept within desired bounds.

A plan of each floor of the house showing locations of doors, windows, closets, etc., may be used to advantage in connection with such a list as that just mentioned. Each door or win dow should be given a number which will serve to locate the hardware on the list when tagged with a similar number. It is good policy to give each different article on the list a number to designate what the article is, and whether it is for a door, window, transom, miscellaneous, etc.

In the following example articles for doors are numbered from 1 to 30; for windows, from 30 to 50; and for miscellaneous articles, from 50 upwards. First-floor doors are numbered from 100 to 150; first-floor windows, from 150 to 190; and closets and cupboards from 190 to 200. Sec ond-floor doors are numbered from 200 to 250, etc.

On the plan, at each door, window, closet, or other place where hardware is needed, insert the number standing for the article needed at that place. In that way the number of pieces of each article desired can be readily counted up on the plans.

The plans shown in Plate 1 (opposite page 229) are marked in the way indicated. From the list of articles following, numbered as suggested, a quantity sheet has been made up. This sheet is only approximate, as its sole object is to show the method to be followed.