Baldwin brand doorknob: 11,500 ppm lead. Tested in 2014.
Building components (like door knobs) are not regulated AT ALL for total lead content (as detectable with an XRF instrument.)
#SimpleSolution: look for stainless or nickel door knobs (and hardware or hinges.)
Avoid buying hardware:
- with yellow brass finishes
- with language like “nickel plated brass” or “stainless finish” or “nickel finish” on the packaging (the finish can be over a brass base)
- where “stainless” or “nickel” is noted as the color, not the material!
I am sorry I don’t have a more extensive collection of posts on this subject, there are just too many knobs out there to really make this a useful thing to cover. The simplest solution is to follow the guidelines above when looking for new doorknobs for your home.
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