I have a customer with 2 units in a dumpy little attachment of a building that share an entranceway, it has never been locked since they can remember and now with covid they want it locked. Door is ancient, probably early 1900s, for hardware had old timey brass mortise set with skeleton key, porcelain knobs on split spindle that were just barely hanging in there, unbelievable they put up with the weight of the door this long! I should mention there is nothing code about this entranceway, as soon as you open the door very steep steps are almost right up against it, had to adjust door closer and could go up 2-3 steps and comfortably reach the top setscrews, when you go down the steps to leave you have to push open as you walk down because you will walk into the door otherwise…its weird.
They wanted a keypad. Didnt want to spend much money. Door is 1 7/8″ thick. I figured 7/8″ is only a bit over 3/4, FE595 would probably work, Ive put loads of those in. Will be a light-medium use setting (only 2 units but it is main entrance), no complaints on these and they are good on batteries, customer likes the price, boom.
I failed to account for the thickness of the remodeler plates.
The spindles/handles BARELY connect, definitely not safe, everything bound up from how tight the screws had to be even to make that possible. Not going to work, and of course the FE series is one of the few series that they dont make a thick door kit for. Lucky me.
I left them with a storeroom function lever on the door maison keyed to 2 apt and master keys, they were happy for now but probably wont go for a commercial keypad lever due to cost. Kwikset makes a keypad lever with a thick door kit but…kwikset. Distributor mentioned emtek keypad levers but at that point probably should just go with a trilogy. I only have a few years experience, I want to do it the right way and if that means a $5-600 minimum bill I can accept that.