Nov 13, 2017

Exit devices can have several electrical options to aid the building security. Electrical options are available in most styles of exit device including Rim, Mortise, Surface Vertical Rods (SVR), and Concealed Vertical Rods (CVR). Electric Latch Retraction A motor or solenoid is built into the body of the exit device and hardwired through the door….

Nov 6, 2017

Commercial door hardware comes in so many different designs and brands that knowing that you’re going to get what you want can be difficult. However, there is a way to sort through all of the different nomenclature from the many different brands available. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Builders’ Hardware Manufacturers Association…

Oct 30, 2017
Panic Hardware Exit Door

Halloween is only a day away and there are some spooky door and hardware combinations that you should be afraid of. Here are several hardware applications that you will definitely run away and hide from. If you see an opening with any of these conditions, then you’ll want to make some adjustments or replace them…

Oct 20, 2017

Handing refers to the direction of the door swing as it is opened. The best way to begin determining the handing of an opening is to determine the “secure side” of the opening. In Division 8, we like to think of the “secure side” as the side where a key would be required to enter…

Oct 16, 2017

Since the door closer was invented back in the late 1800’s, a lot has changed. Door closers are available in many styles to suit the needs of commercial door openings. Closers are important to controlling an opening, not only for functionality but also for security. Types of Door Closers There are six common types of…

Oct 9, 2017
Deadbolt with Thumbturn

Deadbolts are a type of auxiliary locking hardware. They are also called deadlocks. Deadbolts can be used on openings that only have push/pull hardware or they can be added to openings that have other latching hardware. Note: if the latching hardware is panic hardware then you should not use deadbolts. Deadbolts are operated in several…

Oct 2, 2017
Stairwell fire door

Fire rated doors are meant to be used as a barrier to the spread of fire, smoke, and other toxic gases. In the event of a fire, fire rated openings need to perform correctly to ensure that building occupants can exit the building safely, protect certain areas against fire, and allow time for emergency personnel…

Sep 25, 2017

Flush bolts are installed into the lock stile on the inactive leaf of a pair of doors. There are often two bolts, one installed at the top and one at the bottom of the door. The strike of the top bolt will be in the head of the frame and the strike for the bottom…

Sep 18, 2017
Electric Door Lock

Electric locks are used when additional security as well as added convenience are wanted at the opening. Electrified locks come in various types from bored locks, mortise locks, exit devices, and magnetic locks. Some locks have more options than others. Power supplies and electric power transfers will be needed for all of these locks to…

Sep 11, 2017
Automatic Door Opener

Automatic operators are mainly used at accessible openings where assistance in opening the door is needed. Auto operators are ideal for meeting the needs of accessible openings especially at exterior entrance doors. There are two main types of auto operators and they can come with many options to help control the opening. Two Types of…

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