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Multipoint Hardware Question re French Doors

Posted by gbsim (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 14, 12 at 22:19

I'm confused about hardware for our multipoint french doors and hope someone has some insight.

We don't need keyed on the exterior as they lead out to an upper deck.

On the active door we need a thumbturn on the inside.... but what does the thumbturn actually do? Keep the handle from rotating or throw a deadbolt?
Since you lift the handle to lock, what's the thumbturn doing?

And my big question is what doe we choose for the secondary door in the pair? Does it also get a thumbturn on the interior? Lifting up the handle locks it and it can't be opened unless the other door is opened so .....

This shouldn't be so confusing!!! They're only door handles!!

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RE: Multipoint Hardware Question re French Doors

not an expert here, but I have multipoint locks on my Andersen patio doors. Mine were purchased as a set. One side has a thumb turn and one does not. When you pull the handle up on the door the top and bottom bolts slide into place and the thumb turn throws the deadbolt at the handle. It is not locked if you only lift the handle - the thumb turn keeps it all in the locked position. Hope that makes sense.

RE: Multipoint Hardware Question re French Doors

Thanks! Does the exterior knob rotate on your side without a thumbturn?

Rocky Mountain offers a set with a key (Entry), a set with a thumbturn & plain outside (Patio), a set that's just passage and a dummy set.

It seems that I might need sets both with thumbturns for each door?

RE: Multipoint Hardware Question re French Doors

no, just on thumbturn. Lift the handle on the door without the thumb turn to set the top and bottom bolts, then set the door with the tumbturn by raising its lever, turn the thumb turn and that turns the deadbolt that locks the two doors together. All multipoint doors have levers on both the inside and the outside - the levers on each door will raise at the same time when you set it - no knobs. It looks like you want the patio set.

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