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Door Knobs, Door Handles and Wobbly Teeth – The Perfect Trio?- Saturday, September 26, 2015

I don’t know about you, but whenever I had a wobbly tooth as a child and relentlessly fiddled with it, my parents always threatened that they would tie a piece of string around it and slam the door, in an attempt to drag out my increasingly wobbly tooth.  This idea is thought to have originated from the Victorian era but has lasted a great deal longer than many of their traditions.  It is, however, perhaps a strange topic to write about but relevant, I feel, as originally door handles and door knobs would have been used in this process.  But can you guess what they have been replaced with?

spying quadricopter - door handles, door knobsNo one is Droning on about Door Knobs or Door Handles

Last week, it became apparent that door knobs and door handles had a new rival, when it went viral that multiple children were asking their parents to pull out their wobbly teeth by using…drones!  A drone is small, radio controlled, helicopter like device with an inbuilt camera (often multiple) which are designed to be controlled from a smartphone or tablet.

The Victorian Door Knob Method

Malcolm Swan, for example, used a quadcopter drone, in order to remove his son, Adams loose tooth.  Together, this was done by attaching dental floss tightly to the tooth in question and initiating the drone to fly.  If the reaction of Adam in the illustrative video is anything to go by, it does not seem to be a traumatic or painful experience but one of ease, excitement and great success.  However, there are many stories that involve drones and child tooth extraction which are nowhere near as successful or as pain free, so as much as we are pleased that Adam had a lucky escape, perhaps we should all stick to using the old fashioned, tried and tested Victorian method, which never fails – door handles and door knobs!

Door Knobs and Door Handles from Handsome Handles

Would you rather stick to the old fashioned method of using door knobs and door handles?  But want a modern and elegant twist?  Then why not contact us at Handsome Handles.  Whether you need kitchen cabinet knobs, internal door handles or external door handles such as PVC door fittings, suited to your home or your work place, we can work with you to find exactly what you are looking for.  Here at Handsome Handles we provide beautiful, contemporary door knobs, door handles and door knockers.  We offer the best and most handsome handles exclusively for you, offering our friendly and professional service to all of England and Scotland from our South Yorkshire base.  So if you can’t wait to get your teeth stuck in to choosing yourself some new door knobs or door handles, get in touch with Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812 or alternatively you can email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk or check out our website by clicking here to see what we have in store for you.

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Could Door Knobs Be the Key to the Safety of Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers?- Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Studies have now found that six in 10 people who suffer with dementia often ‘wander’ off and become lost.  It is not the act of ‘wandering’ off that is usually the problem, it is returning.  A person suffering with Alzheimers may not be able to recall the correct information as to what their name is, their own address and they can often become disorientated, even if they are in a familiar place.   On average, sufferers are able to ‘wander’ 1.5 miles away from the place they were last seen before they are found.  ‘Wandering’ has nothing to do with the level of care structured by the caregiver, but can in fact happen even in the most Dementia or Alzheimer friendly places and with the most diligent of caregivers present. 

‘Wandering’ Preventing Door Knobs

Interestingly though, it has been suggested that door knobs could be key to this.  Obviously, it is not recommended that a person suffering from Dementia or Alzheimers is ever ‘locked’ in a room, but certain door knobs seem to be positive attributes to their safety and the safety of others around them, as well as reducing the stress levels of carers when patients go ‘wandering’ because they reduce the number of occasions that this happens.  Camouflaged door knobs have been recently been trialled.  This is where door handles are painted the same colour as the door or the walls in the room in order for them to not be so prominent and become camouflaged and therefore harder for the escapee to escape.  However, this is not unsafe if there was to be an emergency, as the handle is still prominent from the outside of the door, so access can be permitted easily by the carer or emergency services if needed. Alternatively, child-proof door knobs can be used for sufferers’ safety.  Another idea is to use a door knob which is connected to a device which lets off a signal when a door or window is opened.  This, for example, could be a bell, which can be placed over said door or window so that the carer is made aware if the patient has opened either of these escape route methods.

Door Knobs For You From Handsome Handles

Finding the correct door knobs for your home is clearly extremely important.  If this article has made you think about changing the door knobs and door handles in your home, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.  Here at Handsome Handles, we will be happy to help you find the appropriate door knobs and door handles to fit perfectly in to your home.  So, contact us at Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812 or alternatively you can email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk

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Scunthorpe Hospital Handles Germs Effectively- Friday, August 28, 2015

Germs are invisible and carry all sorts of hidden little nasties, but not for much longer.  Domestic departments in hospitals across North Lincolnshire are using special fluorescent marking gel on certain areas, like door handles, in order to make the invisible visible.

They are doing so by using the fluorescent marking gel in combination with UV lighting, in order for germs to be more easily seen and therefore cleaned or avoided from contact.  Thus, making people more aware of what is on their hands in an attempt to stop infections from spreading and in-patients from being cross-contaminated.  A prominent example of this is from the number of people touching door handles.  The NHS hopes that this new idea will instil confidence in both its patients and their visitors.

I-Pods Aid Cleanliness of Door Handles

The new fluorescent marking gel and UV lights will work in conjunction with I-Pods enabling the data to be recorded.  To test whether this strategy of germ prevention could work in parts of the hospitals involved, the necessary equipment will be on a two year lease from Trust’s Dragon Den scheme.  The idea was initially pitched to the Trust by a hospital support services supervisor, David Mooney, who pitched his idea to both executive and non-executive directors.

Door Handles and Dragons Den

Having been through the Dragons Den scheme, David Mooney was able to secure £7,000 in order to lease specialist equipment and technology to record trending data.  Mooney knows that this is an important step in the right direction due to the rate at which germs spread within a hospital.  Mooney stated “We have previously been able to monitor and record how clean an area is by checking the visual signs such as dust. We have never been able to look any further until now.”  But now, thanks to the I-Pod data collection and analysis technology, they are able to see so much more.  The I-Pods are able to alert users as to whether each area has passed or failed the germ cleanliness test and monthly reports can be collated for staff, patients and visitors to see. 

The Dragons Den scheme and hospital want to work together with their staff, patients and visitors in order to gain feedback and make this new fluorescent marking gel more effective in practice.

Invisible Germs Made Visible on Frequently Used Areas Such As Door Handles

The fluorescent marking gel is classed as a dabbing device, where gel is dispensed through a sponge on the tip of the gel tube.  This gel is applied to areas in the hospital that are the most frequently used, such as door handles, trolleys, desks, call bells and bedside tables.  The gel is left for 24 hours and is then put under the UV light.  This makes any invisible germs visible and aims to reduce the length of time that patients spend in hospital.

If this article has made you think about how important internal door handles or external door handles are in your home or work place, get in touch with us here at Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812 or alternatively email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk

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South Shields Builder has got a Handle on His Pocket- Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Expected to make a profit of around £60,000 but estimated to make a minimum of £2m, this South Shields builder has taken vintage door knobs, door handles and other brass fittings to auction.

After hearing that around 655,000 ornate, rare and vintage brass items, originally purchased by a Cornish millionaire, were in need of a “new home,” Mr Brian Cairns thought this was a clever way of tripling his outgoings through scrap – little did he know just how much money he was about to lay his hands on, but not through scrap as he had initially thought. 

The journey to Penzance to the brass-filled property ensued after a tip-off, where Cairns found himself entering a time warp.  The property he entered had not been amended, changed or visibly re-entered since the wife of a junk shop owner had died in 1975, a newspaper abandoned mid-read, never to be finished still laid spread open on the table – “the owner just didn’t want to go back in to the premises again.”

12 Tonnes of Brass Including Door Handles Brass door handle Italian style

A deal was struck between Cairns and the elderly owner, one that did not truly reflect the price of the brass or its later discovered value, the owner just wanted the belongings dispatched as the memories attached to his wife were too painful for him to bear.  Cairns hired two seven-and-a-half tonne lorries to transport the 12 tonnes of brass back to the North East.  This journey took multiple days to complete owing to the weight of the lorries, as they were only able to travel between 10 and 30 mph.

Brass Handles Estimated at £200 Each

Back safely in the North East and about to sell all of the 655,000 collected brass objects for scrap, Cairns decided to have them valued…luckily!  It was discovered that many of the door knobs, door handles, light switches, hat stands and letter boxes (to name just a few) were actually Vintage Valli and Columbo, an Italian company which ceased production 55 years previous.  Many of the handles, he was informed, were estimated to be worth around £150 each and the brass handles estimated £200 each.  Mr Cairns said, “I bought it all for scrap but I started looking in to what they really were and realised many were vintage Italian handles.”

Initially, it did not sound like individually they were going to make Mr Cairns a particularly lucrative return but with 655,000 items, many of these brass door knobs and door handles, the auction estimate was that of around £2m.  So it definitely pays to have potential “scrap” valued before letting scrapping commence, as this has made one South Shields father-of-four an overnight multimillionaire!

Door Knobs and Door Handles Available at Handsome Handles

The door knobs and door handles available at Handsome Handles won’t cost you a fortune – they are quality, affordable products and can be found on our website.  To find out more about brass door handles, door knobs and door handles visit us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk or call us on 07961 832 812.

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Choices to Make When Purchasing New Door Knockers- Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New door furniture can improve the aesthetics of your home without burning a hole in your wallet. Here at Handsome Handles, we continue to provide great choice and style when it comes to these products; through our ranges of door knobs, door handles and door knockers.

Taking a closer look at the latter of those, there are a few important things for you to consider if you want to be successful with the purchases that you make. Your available price range and the existing design scheme of your property are perhaps the most important of these.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a closer look at why these and some other relevant factors are important in your purchasing decision process.

Bold or Subtle Door knockers black antique design

Perhaps the most important thing to decide is what sort of statement you want to make with any door knockers that you buy. With such an extensive range of these door furniture pieces, we can provide you with everything from the boldest to the most subtle of designs – leaving you free to make the choices you feel best reflect your tastes.

Shape and Size

To match the right knockers to your doors, it’s important that they look right in-situ; in terms of both size and shape. Delicate and shimmering ring door knocker designs may be better suited to a delicately-varnished light-wood door; whilst a rugged, heavy-set black iron door knocker may be the right option for a contrasting property.

Suitable Budget

As mentioned, the budget that you have available will influence the purchases that you’re able make. Thankfully, we have so many affordable door knockers for you to choose from that this hopefully won’t be an issue. Great prices are available for products of all different shapes, sizes and styles – so we’re confident that we can deliver satisfaction to you.

Door Knockers Material

As we often mention in this blog, the materials you select for your new door knockers are vital with relation to their overall appearance. Looking for something more traditional? Then antique brass, black antique and black iron pieces would be most suitable for you. Or, if you’ve got more of a contemporary eye for property design, then our polished chrome and satin nickel door knockers would be more appropriate for you.

Door Knobs and M Marcus Door Handles in Plentiful Supply

As well as our impressive array of door knockers, we also continue to offer great choice and pricing with relation to door knobs and M Marcus door handles too. Each of these have their own unique charms and can also go towards improving your home.

If you’re interested in finding out more, then why not pay our site a visit today? There, you’ll be able to survey all the fantastic products we have on offer and decide which would work best for you. Further to this, if there’s something that you’ve got in mind that you don’t see across our ranges then we’ll do our best to source it for you.

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4 Material Choices for Your New Internal Door Handles- Friday, June 19, 2015

Internal door handles may seem insignificant within the grander scheme of your home; but you should always remember to consider them carefully when making property upgrades. When integrated in the right way, they can add a touch of class and a sprinkle of charm; so it pays to research these door furniture pieces to help you make the right decisions.

If you do, you can be sure that you’ll impress visiting friends and family with your ability to pay attention to the minor details of your property – but how can you be sure to get it right? The 3 most important factors are how any new internal door handles will fit with the existing interior design of your home; the design of the pieces you choose; and the materials they are made from.

We’ve taken a look at the last of those points for you to help give an indication of how chrome, nickel, brass, black antique and bronze would match to your property. This should help you to make the well-informed decisions that you need to:

ChromeInternal kitchen door handles

Chrome is versatile, slick and stylised; making it perfect for the most contemporary of properties. Whether you’re looking for internal chrome door handles for kitchen and bathroom furniture; or something more standard for select doors within your home, we’ve got the choice to keep you satisfied.

Nickel

The subtle, unassuming shine of satin nickel makes this another ideal material selection for door handles within modern homes. It bears similarities to stainless steel and is often applied as a brush finish to a brass base. The finish it brings is almost warm in appearance and is ideal for adding an understated contemporary touch.

Black Antique

Suitable for traditional homes with doors made from rugged woods such as oak, black antique resonates with property design from previous centuries and is perfect for adding real character to any interior.

Bronze

Lightly-varnished wood is perfect to match bronze door handles to; as the tone of the wood helps to highlight their quality. Bronze acts as another example of a material that works particularly well within traditional home design schemes. Door hardware made in this way is sure to impress any visiting friends and family. 

Door Knobs, Door Knockers and Kitchen Door Handles for Your Home

As well as supplying our wide range of door handles to property owners throughout the UK, we also offer choice on plenty more different types of door furniture. These include door knobs, door knockers and kitchen door handles; all of which are available in an equally abundant range of materials.

For us, it’s all about continuing to offer the best choice and quality to our valued customers. With many years of experience operating within the trade; we are well-placed to do this to the best possible effect. To find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. You can do so by calling 07961832812; or via email to info@handsomehandles.co.uk.

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Door Handles Add Value to Your Home on a Budget- Thursday, April 09, 2015

Making changes to your property needn’t be an expensive process. By focusing on smaller areas you can make upgrades that add value to your home and help impress your guests. Door furniture is a great place to focus your energy, as it’s accessible to almost every home budget. With that in mind, we at Handsome Handles are perfectly placed to help.

Our door knockers, door knobs and door handles all come with plenty of choice attached to them; so you’ll never be short of options when buying from us. We understand that every home is different and will always do our utmost to match you to the pieces that best fit within the grander scheme of your property.

Here’s a more in-depth look at how some of our door handles could work for you and your home:

Internal Door Handles           

buckingham door handlesThe interior of your home is a great place to start. Whether you’re after designs on a backplate – or pieces with a lever on rose – we’re sure to be able to find something suitable for you. Got a contemporary home? Our Algarve door handles on backplate could be ideal. Need something more traditional? Then check out our Barley Twist door handles on a gothic backplate. Whatever your requirements you can guarantee that we’ll be able to help.

External Door Handles

Our door handles are also highly-suitable when optimised on the exterior of your home. We have a number of pieces that can withstand the forces of the elements so these products present the ideal way to impressively finish exposed sections of your property. Conservatories and patio doors are just some of the many places where they can be carefully integrated; with varied choice on offer once again, depending on your needs.

Room-Specific Door Handles

We often assist customers who need door handles that have been designed specifically for a certain room within their home. Whilst you can feel free to adapt any of our pieces as you best see fit; there are certain designs that lend themselves particularly well to kitchens and bathrooms; to name two examples. With everything from pull kitchen handles through to slickly-stylised designs to match to classy contemporary bathroom furniture; you’d be wise to place your confidence in the Handsome Handles team.

Door Knobs and Door Knockers

All of our door furniture is great for improving the design schemes of a variety of properties. It’s never too late to consider a refresh and when you make the decision to go ahead we’ll be there to help. In addition to the products we’ve looked at here; our door knockers and door knobs are continuing to have an equally positive effect on homes in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas.

Also designed to suit the needs of the property project in question; they present another great way to impress your guests by adding decorative character to the grander scheme of your home. To find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. You can call us on 07961 832 812; or drop us an email to info@handsomehandles.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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