As glass door hardware experts, it’s no wonder that for us handle selection is a dramatic part of any project. What makes T-Concepts Solutions different from other door hardware manufacturers though, is that we are ready to step inside the world of locks and cores, demystifying their secrets, and empowering the public to make the best choices to fulfill their needs, that’s why today we’re going inside the world of locking pull handles.

But before we start, there’s one thing you have to keep in mind during handle selection: customization isn’t only possible, it’s required. Now let’s get into it.

Let’s face it: everyone looks to safety. The ability to secure one’s space is peace of mind realized, so to choose the best option for your project, you’ll have to determine if the door requires a locking handle. If a non-locking handle is required, the process is relatively straightforward.

The quickest and easiest option is a non-locking handle, whether passage-set or ladder pull. In addition, the orientation of the door handle is critical. Options include mounting the handle vertically (ladder pull) or horizontally. If mounted horizontally, either a passage-set or patch lockset handle is partnered with a receiver/strike to operate.

There are 3 main configurations of locks for door handle hardware: mortise, rim (just a cylinder circle), and Interchangeable Cores (IC).

Locking Ladder Pull Lock Rim Cylinder
Rim is just a cylinder circle

IC can be identified in North America through the figure “8” body design and encompass two variations of size cores Small (SFIC) and Large (LFIC) formats. If you’re unsure of what you need, Facility Managers usually hold the answers to an actual lock/core specification for a job site.

Project sites vary between doors that require locking hardware (like Executive and Finance Offices) and ones that require non-locking (like common areas, co-sharing workspace, conference rooms, or public offices).

A door handle manufacturer will be able to produce the correct locking handle to accompany the specific lock/core spec, just be ready and understand ahead of time what lock specification your project will require. Clients should keep in mind that each handle requires a particular lock specification.

If you need clarity on lock/core or cylinder specifications, consider our patented Universal Rim Housing Design (URHD). This is not only the key to unlocking complete freedom in specifying door handle hardware and never worrying about a lock spec again, it can also protect you from selecting the wrong lock.

Locking Ladder Pull Small Format
Small Format (figure 8 is the same size top and bottom)

Not all lock manufacturers produce the same core design; many have their own unique internal mechanisms, and a door handle must be designed and produced to accept each unique design. 

Picking a URHD provides functionality to every lock manufacturer’s core specifications currently on the market. It allows a locking ladder pull to be purchased ahead of time, without the need for the lock/core specification, which will help you save time and money.

Other hardware considerations such as whether to select a removable core are important. Small format interchangeable core (SFIC) or large format interchangeable core (LFIC) specification options must be evaluated. Removable core options offer greater convenience and flexibility. However, they open up additional challenges.

Locking Ladder Pull Large Format
Large Format (figure 8 is larger on the bottom than the top)

For example, a LFIC is designed to specific configurations with each lock manufacturer. At the time of order, the exact LFIC lock specification must be identified to ensure the lock housing integrated into the handle is created to properly fit and partner with the lock/core. LFIC cores offer the best security because of their uniqueness to the internal components with each manufacturer and the keying configuration.

T-Concepts Solutions offers an interchangeable approach, which means we produce both locking and non-locking ladder pulls that match in length, and door prep so that handles can be easily switched out and changed with complete ease, without new doors having to be purchased, These handles work on glass, steel, aluminum, and timber.


The more questions you can ask about the security requirements for your project in the beginning, the easier it is for a hardware vendor to usher you through quoting the correct solution. Does your project deem high-security locks? This is an important point to address at the very beginning of the quoting phase. Examples would be: Schlage High Security (Everest + Primus).

Locking Ladder Pull Lock Core
Lock + Core

Working with a door hardware supplier like us that utilizes helpful installation videos, technical guides, and troubleshooting tips goes a long way when installing your locking door handles, and also the locks to complete a project with ease.

Consider asking your door hardware supplier (you can contact us here) if they offer a turn-key approach, locking door handles that come with required lock/cores as well.

Yes, your locking ladder pull can meet ADA compliance! Learn more on page 3 of our free guide.

For orders over 50 handles, TCS will provide a turn-key package with their specified cores and keys.

Got any questions? Check out what T-Concepts Solutions has to offer. Find us everywhere on social media as @tconceptssolutions or contact us here for quotes, queries, or questions.