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About Ring Handles


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Ring handles rotate side-to-side around a pivot with a spindle, and are primarily used in place of door knobs or lever door handles to activate locks on heavy entrance doors. The ring itself also typically pivots up and down towards the person grasping it. Ring handles can be combined with most knobs and lever handles on the other side of the door, if desired. Ring handles can also be used with gate latches that have a spindle to activate the latch from the other side of the gate and are often of similar design, e.g. Ring Handle #709 with Gate Latch #893.

Because of their large size, most ring handles require locks with a wide backset. (See illustration at right.) The keyhole is, in most cases, separate: it is located between the ring handle and the edge of the door, or below the ring handle, and is protected by (trimmed with) a keyhole escutcheon. Compatible locks and keyhole escutcheons are listed with each pattern. For details, visit the pages on all Locks and Keyhole Escutcheons.

Ring handles installed as non-functioning pulls in the center of a door or pair of doors facilitate the opening and closing and provide distinctive ornamentation. In this role, the sideways rotation can be eliminated, if desired, by installing either a #M6012 Dummy Spindle or a combination of a #M6013 Dummy Plate plus standard spindle. The up-and-down movement of the ring is preserved.


702 Ring Handle installed with M349 Mortice Lock (5-inch backset). Keyhole is located between edge of door and pivot point of ring handle. 804 Keyhole Escutcheon trims the keyhole.


Purchasing Information:

Ring handles rotate freely (are not spring-loaded) and are sold individually (each). Each ring handle is provided with mounting screws and a 3-inch-long (76mm) spindle for use with doors/gates up to 1-3/4 inches (44mm) thick. A longer spindle, purchased separately, will be required for a thicker door/gate. Please specify door/gate thickness when ordering.