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 Device Trim When an exit device is...

Aug 14, 2017
5 Hollow Metal Frame Anchor Types

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 the...

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? [gallery columns="2" size="medium" link="none" ids="3164,3165"] Door Closers with Regular Arm Door closers with regular arms are...

Jul 31, 2017
Door Locking Functions

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), these functions may...

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...

Jul 17, 2017
SVR Exit Device

Exit devices have been around since the early 1900's after several disastrous events took the lives of hundreds of people trapped inside buildings. Exit devices are now required by code at certain openings based on a room's occupancy type and load. Getting the right exit devices can be critical for life safety. You may have heard an...

Jul 10, 2017
Double Doors

Gasketing is another term used for perimeter seals or weatherstripping. But what the heck is it? Gasketing for doors has to do with the seals that are installed around the perimeter of the opening. Doors do not create a perfect seal against the door frame when they are shut. Depending on where the door is located, there may be an...

Jul 3, 2017
5 HM Core types

Steelcraft hollow metal doors are made of a variety of components. One of the most important parts is the core material. Here are 5 of the standard core types used in hollow metal doors: Honeycomb Polystyrene Polyurethane Steel Stiffened Mineral Core Standard Cores 1. Honeycomb Honeycomb cores get their name from the...

Jun 28, 2017
Wood Doors

In this quick guide to wood doors we'll focus on some of the basics that can often be overlooked or missed on commercial projects but that should be addressed early in the project to avoid delays. A lot of specifications will be so generic that they miss the important pieces required for ordering the doors. Sometimes a "copy and paste"...

Jun 19, 2017
Detailed Hollow Metal Frame

Openings in commercial buildings that require heavy duty durability and security are where you will typically find hollow metal frames. Metal or wood doors are most commonly installed in hollow metal frames. The frames are considered "hollow" due to the open throat that allows the frame to anchor to the wall around it. Here we will...

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