The thumblatches basic structure hasn't changed much over the years, but designs and fashions have. They provide a historic appearance and feel to any kind of home and are typically used on plank ledge and braced doors. The many components that are included in the thumblatch sets are listed below along with an explanation of each one's function. Please refer to the following for thorough installation instructions, but keep in mind that some carpentry and joinery knowledge would be helpful but not absolutely necessary.

Step 1
  • Take a measurement of the desired thumblatch height.
  • The standard height for installation is roughly 1300 mm off the ground, however it can be installed at any height that works for you.
  • In preparation for step 2, place the latch bar and screw-on staple on your door.
Step 2
  • Mark all of the screw holes required for fixing in place with a pencil after the bar and staple are in place.
Step 3
  • Make a mark down the underside of the latch bar, which should be perfectly horizontal, where you want the thumb bar to pass through the door.
  • By eye, but ideally within an inch of the vertical staple, this placement can be made.
Step 4
  • Drill small pilot holes where you've marked with a pencil on the door, being careful not to go all the way through the board.
  • In order to prepare for steps 5 and 6, drill a single hole where you marked the location for the thumb bar.
Step 5
  • To help with step 6, drill two new pilot holes, one above and one below the current hole allocated for the thumb bar.
Step 6
  • Drill carefully through the plank door using a 6mm drill bit, using the pilot holes as guides.
  • The remaining slot can be finished by either using a chisel or the drill to complete the task. For a good, smooth finish, sand off any extra wood.
Step 7
  • Using the provided fastening screws and the pilot holes you have bored, secure the Screw-on-staple (or staple pin, if using) to the surface of the door.
  • Fitting the latch bar comes next. Passing it underneath the staple and loose-fitting it with the larger screw that is provided will accomplish this. For the bar to be able to move, it needs to be loosely fitting.
Step 8
  • Make sure the thumb bar is level on the other side as you pass it through your door. To acquire your final positioning, do this, which will raise the handle to the surface of the plank (it could take some fine-tuning to get it exactly right).
Step 9
  • If all the previous stages were followed, it should appear as shown.
  • It might be simpler to move your handle position so that your thumb bar is level while the door is open.
  • As soon as you are satisfied with the position, proceed to step 10.
Step 10
  • Once you've decided where you want your handle to go, drill a few pilot holes to make using the supplied screws easier. Keep in mind that if you drill all the way through the door, the other side would be able to see the holes.
Step 11
  • When/if you remove your handle, your door should be in this position. Keep in mind the larger slot for the thumb bar to pass through and the three fastening holes.
Step 12
  • By carefully tightening the screws, you may attach the handle to the surface of your door without risking any surfaces slipping or being scratched.
Step 13
  • The frame hold pin needs to be positioned correctly and then fitted. This pin, which secures the door, must be tightly placed because it will take the greatest knocks.
  • Place the keep in line with the bottom of the latch bar with the door closed.
Step 14
  • Where the keep has to go, indicate it with a pencil cross.
  • Keep this component away from the door frame's edge since it needs to be hammered in and secured firmly.
Step 15
  • Drill a pilot hole to help with the frame keep pin installation after the place has been chosen.
Step 16
  • Check that the latch bar will sit properly horizontally when the keep is fully inserted into the frame by inserting it into the pre-drilled hole.
Step 17
  • The ideal way to execute this following step is with a rubber or plastic hammer in order to protect the finishes.
  • A metal hammer can be used to mend it, but please use extreme caution to avoid scuffing the finish.
Step 18
  • Keep in mind to provide adequate room for the latch bar's thickness to rest comfortably (not too tight) against the door frame. Please screw-fix the item to the frame once it has been pounded into place to add strength.
Step 19
    • The time has come to test out your new From The Anvil
  • thumblatch because you are almost finished.
  • See how it performs after a few tries. To achieve the ideal fit, you might discover that a few tweaks or changes are required.
Step 20
  • You might need to add architrave to your door frame to make things look more put together, depending on how the task is to be finished.
  • If so, present the architrave to the door, place it over the end of the latch bar, and retain (if necessary).
Step 21
  • To scribe or route out the contour from the architrave, lightly trace the position of your keep and latch (in its highest position).