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Basics
After the painting is finished the hardware installers can begin. Hardware installation contractors usually specialize in the installation of the following items:

  • Closet rods/closet organizers
  • Bathroom hardware (towel bars, paper holders, etc.)
  • Doors/handsets and locks
  • Mirrors/shower and tub glass
  • House numbers

Closet rods/Closet organizers
If the closet shelves/organizer are wood then they are installed by the finish carpenter. Wire metal and plastic organizers have become more popular for pantries and bedroom closets. They are usually installed by specialty companies.

Bathroom hardware
Bathroom hardware includes such things as towel holders, soap holders, and toilet roll holder. Designers match the style and brand and color of the hardware with the plumbing fixtures and faucets to give the room a coordinated look.

Doors/handsets and locks
The painter take the doors and hinges off the frame to paint them. Usually they paint them in the basement or garage. Hopefully they marked the hinge location and position on the door. The hardware installer re-install the doors and installs the handsets and locks on exterior doors. The exterior locks must be keyed alike. They also adjust the door hardware.
Contractors have their hardware installer put construction locks on the house as soon as the framers install the interior doors and windows. To avoid damaging an expensive front door the framers will often install a temporary construction. At this phase of the construction process the permanent door is installed.

Mirrors/shower and tub glass/medicine cabinets
Usually the Hardware installers will fit mirrors and shower and tub glass. The installers install shower glass and door kits and custom made surrounds and doors. Medicine cabinets can be recessed or surface mounted. There are several options that you can add to the mirrors and showers doors. Mirrors can be beveled square edge, trim or no trim. They can also be cut to various shapes.
There are various options for the trim and the glass for the shower/tub. The trim is usually chrome, white, or gold. The glass can be clear, patterned or blurred.

Contract/Description of materials
The contract should include the following:

  • Price for the job.
  • Price for change orders
  • Number of days to complete task
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Description of the job
  • Location of hardware, house numbers etc.

Descriptions of materials:

  • Closet rod brand model, closet organizer
  • Brand and model of handsets, locks and pulls
  • Description and design of mirrors, medicine cabinets
  • Description of shower enclosures including trim color, glass type and direction of door swing.

Notes to the owner-builder
Installing hardware is a job that owner-builders will often do themselves. Your local home center has a good selection of the necessary hardware. Shop around because prices can vary greatly.

 

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