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…

Sep 5, 2017
Electric Strike On Classroom Door

Electric strikes are installed in place of the typical strike supplied with a lock or exit device. Electric strikes can be used with hollow metal frames as well as wood and aluminum frames. An access control system may be tied to the strike or the opening may be a stand alone system. A credential reader…

Aug 28, 2017

At first glance most cylinders can appear pretty similar. A small opening in the cylinder receives the key which, when turned, will lock or unlock a piece of hardware. Beyond that you may not recognize any real differences between two brands or even between two cylinder types. Much of it remains a mystery. Let’s break…

Aug 21, 2017
Exit Device Trim

Exit devices come in many different shapes and types. Exit device trim on the outside of the door is just as important to consider as the type of panic bar that is used on the inside. In this brief article we will discuss some of the basic functions available for the exit device trim. Exit…

Aug 14, 2017
Doors with Frames

Hollow metal frames are installed in various locations throughout a building. Many wall types are used in buildings including wood stud walls, steel stud walls, and masonry walls. Due to the different materials used for walls, hollow metal frames must be able to anchor to each wall type. Fortunately there are various methods to anchor…

Aug 7, 2017
Door closer with Parallel Arm

Door closers that are surface mounted generally have two or three methods for installing them at the opening. The most common two are the parallel arm and the regular arm. So which closer arm do you need? Door Closers with Regular Arm Door closers with regular arms are usually mounted on the pull side of…

Jul 31, 2017

Door locks can have over 50 locking functions available that meet any number of situations. There are 5 door lock functions that are essential and that you will see used on 99.999% of all projects. Door Lock Functions Depending on the type of door lock you are working with (i.e. cylindrical, mortise, or exit device),…

Jul 25, 2017
Deadbolts with two different finishes

Long ago, in a construction industry not that far away, there was confusion about the countless number of finishes available in the hardware community. In an effort to provide the widest variety of colors and options for Architects, hardware suppliers went to great lengths to create unique finishes. Fortunately, standards were eventually put in place…

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