Have you ever wondered what a privacy turn and release set is? Do you know what an indicator bolt is? It's possible that these terms may not mean a great deal to you, but if we were to say bathroom door locks instead then you'd almost certainly know what we were talking about!
Whether it's a bathroom door, shower room, wet room, or toilet, it's more than likely that you'll want to have some sort of locking device on that door to avoid any unwelcome interruptions! However at the same time, you want to have something that allows entry to the room in the case of an emergency. This is where the trade term 'privacy turn and release' comes in to play.
Most of us refer to the locks on bathroom doors as just that - bathroom door locks. A privacy turn and release is essentially the same thing! The privacy turn bit refers to the ability to lock the door, whilst the release bit takes care of that emergency access element. Of course the privacy turn and release is the 'outer' part of a bathroom door lock, sitting on the faces of the door either as part of the door handle, or as a separate component, and to lock the door they have to be combined with an appropriate lock inside the door. More on that in a moment!
At the top of this article we mentioned indicator bolts too. These are a simpler method of securing a bathroom or shower room door, as they don't require an internal lock in the door (though you will need to drill through the door to connect the two parts together). You're almost certainly familiar with the type of lock on a toilet cubicle door - the inside part slides or twists to secure the door closed, whilst on the other side it will have a coloured indicator or the word 'engaged' showing when the door is locked. These are all variations of an indicator bolt, and the majority also provide an emergency release function on the outside too in the form of a slot that can be turned with a screwdriver, two pence coin or even the trusty butter knife.
Lets come back to the detail on the privacy turns and releases. These operate the lock within the door and may be a stand alone item in their own right, or form part of the door handle backplate. Where they are standalone, they can either be paired up with a door handle on a rosette (the door handle would be operating the latch) or used with just a lock for example if the door is pulled open or closed by a pull handle or door knob
If they are part of the door handle backplate, the handle lever and the privacy turn will all be sat together, and need to line up with the internal workings of the door in order to effectively operate.
In both cases, there is a wide range of styles and finishes to choose from so whether you're after something quite traditional or prefer a more modern look, there's plenty of choice!
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