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Maintaining your linen chute handle

Owning and maintaining your side or bottom hinged linen chute is actually quite easy as there are few moving parts to take note of. Of these parts, one you should be checking periodically is your linen chute handle. This main component is typically T shaped or L shaped depending on which handle you own. The difference between the two is merely cosmetic on the most part as both operate in typically the same fashion but L Handle or sometimes called a Lever handle is considered ADA compliant. Taking care to ensure proper working order of your laundry chute handle will give you piece of mind that your laundry chute will remain in good condition for many years.

Linen chute handle with v spindle and latch (complete kit)

Replacement of the linen chute handle and the accompanying latch are as easy as replacing any other door hardware and should only require a screwdriver.

 

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Upon inspection you should note that if your linen chute handle is keyed, you should make sure that the keyhole is free of any severe scratching or chipping that may cause the key to not work properly. You should then check the action of the handle itself. The chute handle should move freely when turned and not be either too rough nor feel like you are simply turning the handle without engaging the internal components. The latch should move when engaged and also be free of severe chipping or warping. If anything looks or feels out of order, the chute handle may simply need to be oiled or cleaned in order to maintain proper function. If there are worse issues, the handle will need to be replaced. While this may seem like a slightly intimidating task, it simply requires a screwdriver and good instructions and should take less than an hour for most individuals.

Although these items are often overlooked due to their simplicity, maintaining key components of your linen chute, including the linen chute parts will ensure good working order for many years. Since these components are used often and roughly in many cases; simply taking a moment every few months to check them will give you a heads up before things break.

Backset Tubular Latch Assembly

When selecting a latch for your trash chute door or laundry chute intake door, pay careful attention to the latch.  There are basically two types of latches as listed below:

1)    1 3/4″ Backset Tubular Latch Assembly is the standard latch for the majority of manufactured doors.  This 1 3/4″ Latch fits Wilkinson Chutes Side Hinged T-Handles, L Handle (ADA), and Thumb Latch Trigger handles.  For the rest of the manufacturers including Midland Chutes, this 1 3/4″ backset tubular latch assembly is suitable for both bottom hinged and side hinged doors.  This is the most common latch and is suitable for about 90% of all handles.

2)    1 11/16″ Backset Tubular Latch Assembly is typically only for a bottom hinged Wilkinson Chutes type doors including the T Handle, L Handle (ADA) or Thumb Larch Trigger.

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