EMTEK Glossary

Key concepts about EMTEK products.

  • 28 Degree Latch

    A latch that requires less rotation in the handle to disengage the latch mechanism. Useful for people with ergonomic concerns, such as users suffering from arthritis.

  • Backset Latch

    Latch is the distance from the edge of the door to the center of the 2-1/8" drill hole. In the US, there are two common backsets for residential locks, 2-3/8" and 2- 3/4". We will package your locks with a 2-3/8" or 2-3/4" latch, depending on the backing you specify.

  • Bore

    A round hole made with a drill, commonly used in reference to tubular door lock preparations.

  • Brass

    An alloy of copper and zinc, brass is the mark of a high-quality product in a market where the use of cheaper alloys is increasingly common. EMTEK® brass products may look the same on the outside as a lower quality product, but the finish, strength and lifespan of ours will be superior.

  • Bronze

    Bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper that is commonly used in decorative metal work. It was particularly significant in ancient times, giving its name to the Bronze Age.

  • CF Mechanism

    The hidden locking mechanism is an upgrade option that provides a cleaner look, with no visible screws on the interior rosette of the passage and privacy knobs or levers. A standard CF mechanism fits doors from 1-1/8" to 1-1/4".

    All CF mechanism upgrades include a jamb dust box. There's no need to fiddle with the levers with CF, which also comes with a 28-degree latch (versus the standard 45-degree latch).

  • Deadbolt Latch

    A springless locking mechanism that can only be deactivated by turning the lock cylinder with a key or thumb.

  • Door Pull

    A fixed handle attached directly to a door or with a backplate.

  • Door Preparation

    The dimensions that must be drilled or mortised into a door in order to install a set of handles.

  • double cylinder

    A lock with a key on the outside and another key on the inside.

  • Dummy Function

    Dummy sets have no latch and do not require drilling.

    They mount to the surface of the door so you can set up a pretend game wherever you want. They can be fixed to the rosette and the door with the supplied Allen key.

  • Drive In Latch

    A self-access latch fits into a 1” round hole in the edge of the door and does not contain a faceplate. It does not require any special preparation or shroud.

  • Electronic Locks

    A lock that uses keypad input and a user code to activate or deactivate the deadbolt.

  • Full Length Entry Set

    An entry set with a plate that extends the entire length, from the bolt to the bottom of the grip.

  • Handing side

    Levers and some handles are left- or right-handed depending on the orientation the door opens and which side the hinges are on.

  • Interconnection Device

    The interconnecting device provides an emergency exit feature on tubular handle sets.

    When the bolt is in the locked position, simply turning the knob or lever will open both latches. It is especially useful in a fire or many other panic situations.

  • Lock with key

    A knob or lever that includes a keyed cylinder that locks from the front of the hardware set rather than requiring a separate latch and drilled hole in the door.

    Often used in place of an entry set for a secure home entry or back door entry.

  • Lost Wax Cast

    An ancient practice in which a bronze sculpture (in our case, door hardware) is cast from a wax model.

    The wax model is dipped in a silica mixture, then more ceramic material is added creating thick walls around the model.

    At this point, the wax melts from the ceramic and you are left with an empty ceramic mold. Molten bronze is then poured into the ceramic mold creating a bronze reproduction of the original wax model.

  • Monolithic Entry Set

    An entry set with a plate that extends from the top of the bolt to the top of the grip.

  • Mortise Lock "Mortise Lock"

    A lock set that fits into a mortise door, with a rectangular hole into which the body of a mortise lock slides.

  • Multi Point Lock

    Door locks that offer multiple locking points with a locking mechanism.

  • "Passage" step

    A set of handles without an internal locking mechanism. A pass-through assembly is used on a door that does not require privacy, for example; between a living room and a kitchen or closet.

  • Passage/Privacy Latch

    A spring-loaded mechanism that slides its bolt into a strike plate on a door jamb, securing the door to close, and is deactivated when the attached knob or lever is turned.

  • Patina

    An aesthetically pleasing shine or coloration that indicates the age of a bronze object. Patines are produced by chemical action, oxidation or sulphuration, over time.

  • Privacy "Privacy"

    A set of handles with a locking mechanism.

  • Privacy Pin

    A pin that engages the privacy feature onto the latch from the inside side of the rosette. It can be disconnected in an emergency by inserting a narrow object (such as the end of a paper clip) into the emergency release hole on the outer rosette.

  • Projection

    The farthest distance and object extends outside a surface, such as a door or cabinet.

  • Re-Keying

    Changing the internal pins of a lock so that the trigger combination fits a different key.

  • Rosette "Rosette"

    A decorative trim plate that goes between the knob/lever/handle and the door, used in both door and cabinet hardware.

  • Sectional Entry Set

    An entry set with separate plates for the bolt and grip.

  • Single Cylinder

    A deadbolt with a key on the outside and a thumb turn on the inside.

  • Spring Hinge

    A hinge that has an integrated spring that can facilitate the automatic closing of a door when it is not open.

  • Stainless Steel "Stainless Steel"

    A highly corrosion resistant grade of steel containing chromium.

  • Strike Plate

    The metal plate installed in the door jamb that receives the latch when the door is closed.

  • Thumb Press

    The flat piece located above the handle on an entry set that disengages the latch.

  • Thumb Turn

    The turning piece located on the inside edge of a deadbolt that activates/deactivates the latch mechanism.

  • Tubular Lock "Tubular Lock"

    A lock set that requires drilled (round) holes instead of a chiseled rectangular mortise door preparation.

  • Wrought Steel

    Steel that is worked to resemble the rustic craftsmanship of wrought iron, which is no longer commonly produced.