Wednesday, January 29, 2014

K/Alphabe-Thursday

 Control knobs on an antique stream train

K is for Knob,  a rounded device on the end of something that turns when you twist it.

I was exploring an old stream train, when I discovered these bright red knobs inside the engine. I'm not sure what they do though.

Antique door handle or knob

If you turn the knob on the above door, you will open a closet. But some houses no longer have door knobs, they have levers because they are easier for everyone to manoeuvre.

Lever

Recently, the city of Vancouver amended its building code so that as of March 2014 it will be illegal  to install door knobs in new buildings (including homes)in that city.  To find out more, you can read a Toronto Star article by clicking HERE. 

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE 

49 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

I prefer levers for the reason you mentioned but to outlaw knobs? How utterly silly; don't they have more important things to worry and fuss about?
Your doorknob reminds me of the ones in the home I grew up in, fond memories!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i prefer the more decorative. the levers are kind of boring & not so spiffy. but they both work well. to each his own, right? ( :

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

No door knobs. That is interesting.

I love the old valve handles.

Nancy Claeys said...

Klever. :)

Revrunner said...

Someone somewhere is already hoarding "knobbies". :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well well, that seems a little extreme and limiting in choice EG. Wonder what the fine would be for having a knob handle :)

Mersad said...

It's usual here too not to have doorknobs, but rather the usual door lever.

Lowell said...

Nice! You could have just photographed my head, though, if you wanted knobby.

Why, do you think, we don't pronounce this word as "k-nob," instead of "nob"?

Turn that around in your head for awhile. :)

Shammickite said...

I have levers on all the doors in my house (except the front door).... very easy for me to open, but also too easy for my small grandchildren to open when I have the bedroom door shut because I don't want them in there!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love old door knobs. Wasn't that an interesting ruling in Vancouver? For people like me who have difficulty gripping and turning things it's great but to make it a ruling? hmmmm

Cindy said...

I'm all about the old, the older the better. I'm not sure I like levers, can't imagine changing the building code.

TexWisGirl said...

the antique door knob is a beaut.

Gail Dixon said...

I love antique door knobs. My grandparents had glass ones. Levers are certainly easier, but a law against knobs? Wow.

Judy said...

That is interesting about the door knobs. Service dogs can open the door with the lever kind. I think the old door knobs are pretty and artistic though.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love the old door knob! It is getting harder for me to turn door knobs but it should be up to individuals if they want door knobs or levers.

William Kendall said...

That antique door knob is quite appealing.

Sandra said...

love the train art and knob art and i don't like levers.. and the powers that be never cease to amaze me with the laws they make. they can't even enforce the laws that matter but keep adding new ones. i read the article for the reasoning.

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful details, every handle has a story!

Karen S. said...

All this was just a knobby wonderful delight. Your stories always interesting, and your photos are a delight!

RedPat said...

Love that old knob, EG!

Cathy H. said...

I love those bright red knobs! I wonder if they red color means danger...steam! I wouldn't like the levers for doors in my house. Now, those old ones...perfect!

cieldequimper said...

Love how the red pops out but my favourite is the second one. That's a lovely doorknob, one I wouldn't mind having at home!

Sue said...

Never thought I could get excited about knobs, but you just proved me wrong!

=)

Stuart said...

Love the details and the colors in these. Ko-ol !

Lisa Gordon said...

These are fantastic!
I especially like the first one.
Great composition and color.

Rebecca said...

Oooooo I love the colors, textures and shapes of the first image.

Magia da Inês said...

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Belas fotos, explicações interessantes.
Boa semana!
°º✿♫ Beijinhos.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Oh fun post / first image is my favorite..gorgeous! :)

Silke said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leading me to yours. Your photography is just gorgeous!! I'll be back many times to visit... xoxo Silke

Rose said...

My daughter had a friend at work...this friend lived out in the country and their children had a goat or two. Their doors had the lever type...if they did not lock the door, the goat went in and out at will. They had go to a regular door knob. The teacher did not believe their son when he told that the goat ate his homework. True story!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Lovely photos!
Seriously, outlaw door knobs?????

Stephanie said...

I read that article with interest. Hmmm, I liked those door knobs. Great post and images.

Jack said...

Very interesting to learn about Vancouver. My Connecticut home is from 1925 and has mainly door knobs. The Florida home is from 2000 and has only levers. The levers are easier to use, but I had not thought much about it.

Maggid said...

Illegal, even in a private home??? Now THAT'S surprising. Although, if you've ever felt locked in a bathroom because your hands are unable to turn a knob . . .

BUT, in your own home???

I'm gonna think about that.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the red knob. Red is my favorite color.

Jeanne said...

What a strange law to not be able to install a doorknob. What ever would be the reasoning for a law like that.

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

beautiful photos...

thanks

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Nice and attractive knobs & lever.

see you there! said...

A law preventing door knobs? Somehow I find little bits of odd laws fascinating. I like levers but don't think knobs should be against the law in your own home.

Darla

Wandering Wren said...

Wow - I love the bright red knobs. Do you know the shop knobs and knockers, I'm not sure which country it is in, other than the UK?!
Interesting photos and a great K!
Wrenx

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

nice knobs!

Gattina said...

All very nice photos ! I like the first one with the red control knobs !

fredamans said...

I love antique knobs! They make great subjects!

Esther Joy said...

Beautiful knob shots for the K post!

edenhills said...

That's just crazy to outlaw door knobs. I love that antique knob.

storybeader said...

I love door knobs - too bad they will be a thing of the past... {:-Deb

jeannettestgermain said...

It's true -turning a knob for people with arthritis or carpel tunnel can be painful - but outlawing them is kind of going over the edge!

Judie said...

I believe knobs should be an option. A Tucson friend, who had been collecting interesting knobs for her new house, was furious to learn that the law says she had to have levers!

Jenny said...

I like the old-fashioned feeling of knobs...

I know levers are probably safer but I think people should have the option to keep using knobs if they want to.

Thanks for linking to the letter "K"!

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