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Brass restoration requires a fair amount of work. Tarnished brass can be restored with a paint stripper and washing of the hardware. Apply a clear coating lacquer or urethane to the brass last.

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Deadbolt installation requires a certain level of skill. Deadbolts must be installed with the right tools. You must also have good hand-eye coordination, the ability to measure accurately and patience.

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Door hardware comes in vast differences in quality and styles. Different price ranges bring different sets of hardware, but you don't have to spend too much money to get a good doorknob set. Don't forget door hinges. The best interior door hinges are ones that are extruded.

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Wall anchor types and sizes are varied for concrete, concrete block and drywall walls. To select the right kind, know the weight of the objects to be shelved and then select the anchors that hold this weight. I always like to add a 50 percent safety factor.

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Brass hardware tarnishes. To protect brass from oxidation or tarnish manufacturers apply clear coatings at the factory. However, they still may tarnish over time. Some manufacturers now offer tarnish free hardware with a lifetime guarantee.

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