The Longest Half Inch

Before you buy any appliance, hardware or fixture, measure several times and never assume that your house is “standard,” especially for “special order” items that are “non-returnable” or not returnable without some penalty. When my pre-drilled front door was installed, I had assumed that the distance between the holes were “standard.” If there isn’t a standard, there certainly should be one. Make sense, doesn’t it. But, when the lock arrived, I had the misfortune of discovering that the holes for the Baldwin Stonegate Lock are 5 1/2 inches apart, but the holes on my door were drilled 5 inches apart. That was the most painful half inch I have ever encountered.

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