ACTIVE LEVERS (Always confirm what lock/latch is being used with these levers.)
STYLE / DESIGN : Do the design and measurements match the cutsheet for the specification? Is the rose (whether or attached or separate) the correct size and design?
FINISH : Is the finish what was specified and ordered? Is the finish free of scratches or dents?
BROACH / SPINDLE SIZE : Is the lever broached for the correct spindle size and orientation? For example, 8mm on the square (Formani) or 7.2mm on the diamond (SVB). Should this lever set get a straight spindle or swivel spindle? (See lock specification.) Is the spindle length the correct size for the door thickness.
HANDING : Is the lever handed? If it is sprung, is the springing for the correct handing? If there is a set screw, make sure the handing is correct. (Set screw should never be on top of the lever.) Make sure the set screw is supplied. Make sure the set screw is not too long (should not sit above the surface of the set screw hole).
MOUNT : How is the lever meant to be mounted? Is there a sub-rose that the finish rose screws onto? Make sure the threading works well to screw the rose on. Make sure the sub-rose screws are supplied. Should the rose be surface-mounted or through-bolted? If surface-mounted, make sure there are wood screws that are not too long (so that they don’t hit the lock). If through-bolted, make sure that the lock being used with these levers have holes that allow for the through-bolts to go through the thickness of the door. Make sure that the through-bolts are the correct length for the door thickness or can easily be cut down to accommodate. Make sure the finish through-bolts or screws are in the matching finish and are not stripped.
If the lever set that you are inspecting is INACTIVE - a FULL or HALF DUMMY - see below:
HALF DUMMY : A half dummy should be one single lever. A half dummy denotes fixed hardware on the exterior side of the door only. After checking design, finish, and handing, you will need to check for a half dummy mount. Some manufacturers build the lever so that it is fixed in place when you receive it. Make sure you have the proper mounting screws. Other manufacturers provide you with an active lever, and then there is a separate half dummy mount. Make sure that the mount has a half spindle that matches the broach of your lever. Make sure that the half dummy mount screw holes are not going to interfere with the screw holes of the rose. If some of the half dummy mount screw holes align with the rose screw holes, make sure that the screws are long enough to go through both the rose and the half dummy mount and have enough length to get a good purchase in the wood it is being mounted to. Make sure that the half dummy mount is not larger than the rose, as it will need to hide beneath the rose - and the installer will need to counterbore into the face of the door to install it beneath the finish rose.
FULL DUMMY : A full dummy should be a pair of levers. A full dummy denotes fixed hardware on the exterior and the interior side of the door. After checking design, finish, and handing, you will need to check for either 2 half dummy mounts or 1 full dummy mount. A full dummy mount will require the same technical inspection of how the mount will fit beneath the finish rose, but it will probably have a spindle that goes through the full thickness of the door. Make sure that it fits the door thickness.
NOTE : Sometimes half and full dummy levers are applied by using an Accurate interior or full mortise dummy lock body. In this case, there is a lever hub for the spindle to go through, but the hub is fixed in place so that the lever cannot turn.