Dec 3, 2018

Electromagnetic locks are locks that have two main pieces: the armature that is mounted to the door and the magnetic lock assembly that is mounted to the frame. Electromagnetic locks are often called Magnetic Locks or even just "Mag Locks". These locks are electrically powered and are usually connected to an access control system and...

Nov 19, 2018
Exit Device Hex Key Dogging

Exit hardware is used on exterior openings, in high occupancy rooms, or anywhere immediate egress is needed. In certain applications, it can be desirable to make a door with exit hardware into a push/pull function, such as in high traffic areas. This allows traffic to flow freely in both directions. Dogging helps accomplish that. So,...

Nov 12, 2018
Door Hardware for Life Safety

Commercial doors are important to the life safety of those using a building or space. Most general use public buildings and businesses are required to follow certain codes for life safety. Doors are a large part of those requirements. In this article we'll take a look at some important door hardware and how it helps with life...

Oct 29, 2018
Halloween Special 2018

Halloween is only a few days away and this year we wanted to take a look at the difference between fail safe and fail secure when considering electric hardware. Let's go through a few scenarios that might help you Halloween night as you face ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. First off, let's define Fail Safe and Fail Secure. Fail...

Oct 15, 2018
Continuous Hinge in Hospital

Continuous hinges are made to match the full height of the door. They can carry heavier doors and last a lot longer than standard mortise or butt hinges. Because continuous hinges run the full height of the door, the weight of the door is distributed along the full height of the frame which reduces stress on the hinge. Continuous hinges...

Oct 1, 2018
Thresholds

Thresholds can be used at interior and exterior openings. Thresholds are effective at helping to close the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. Thresholds are most commonly made of extruded aluminum but can also be made of brass, bronze or stainless steel. Brass and bronze thresholds last longer than aluminum and the finish...

Sep 24, 2018
Strike Plate Lip

When a frame has decorative trim on the face of the strike jamb a strike plate may need to have the lip length adjusted. It is important to ensure the door lock latches properly and that it doesn't damage the decorative trim. To determine the strike lip length required to clear the trim, we can use this formula for extended lip...

Sep 17, 2018
Existing Frame with New Door

Below is a diagram showing the standard hinge and strike prep locations for several major manufacturers of hollow metal frames and doors. Use these prep locations to help you purchase new doors for existing frames or new frames to be used with existing doors. Beacon Commercial Door & Lock supplies Steelcraft frames for most...

Sep 10, 2018
LCN 1260 Closer

Most door closers come from the factory pre-adjusted to the most common settings, according to what was ordered. Once the closer is installed some additional adjustments may be required to function properly at the opening. In this post we'll look at some common adjustments that can be made on the door closer that will help ensure the door...

Sep 4, 2018
Hospital Latch 3

Hospital latches have a paddle that is installed on either side of the door that allows the push/pull function while still providing latching operation, unlike push and pull hardware that is only surface mounted and does not work the same with latching hardware. A hospital latch only requires a person to push or pull the door in the...

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