Jul 22, 2019

Door handling tools are available for purchase to assist you in transporting and distributing doors throughout your project. We offer door totes and door lifters made by Major Manufacturing, Inc. Save time and save your back! Additional tools are available if needed such as templates for prepping doors and installing hardware as well as...

Jul 9, 2019

Cylinders are made so that only a unique key design can operate the locking function of the cylinder. This unique key design is the cross-sectional shape or configuration applied lengthwise to a key blade. If you look at a key straight on, you will see its unique shape. This shape is often referred to as the keyway or key section....

Jun 17, 2019

Beacon Commercial Door & Lock is not just another door supplier. We have been in the business of commercial doors, frames, and hardware for over 52 years. Having recently joined forces with Rex Williams: Division 10 Specialties, we have become an even greater company that is capable of meeting your needs better than anyone. Here are a...

May 28, 2019
Hollow Metal Frame Gage Post

What is the gage for hollow metal frames? The gage of metal is just referring to the thickness of the metal sheets used to fabricate the frame or door. Gage was a term used prior to 1970, but it is no longer used by ASTM or ANSI. Since the term is still commonly used in vocabulary today, it is often a common reference people use to...

May 14, 2019
Cover page bbq vendors

We want to thank our customers who were able to attend our annual customer appreciation barbecue! We also want to thank our sponsor vendors who supported this event. Our vendors included: DormaKaba, Allegion, Serenity Door Systems, Safebolt, and Masonite Doors. They provided wonderful training and excellent product demonstrations...

May 6, 2019
LCN Closers

Parallel arm closers are available with many control options. In this brief article we'll review what some of those arm options are and the benefits of each. Parallel door closers are different than "regular" arm closers because of the way they are mounted to the door and the way the arms are made. The main distinction between the two...

Apr 22, 2019
Fire Rated Window Frames

Hollow metal windows, or borrowed lites, are available in many sizes and configurations. The most common hollow metal window frames are four-sided frames and have one or more sections of glass installed. When multiple sections of glass are specified they are separated by "mullions" when built. Hollow metal windows can be fire...

Apr 8, 2019
Auto Opener

Automatic door openers use electricity to power a motor inside the unit to open the doors. The auto opener is often referred to as an auto operator or low energy operator (read this previous blog post on the basics of auto operators). Low energy refers to the speed and force of the door opening swing. Auto openers will slowly open the...

Apr 1, 2019
April Fools

As we enter the new age of technology and witness futuristic dreams of the past becoming realities, it is not hard to notice that the next big thing in tech is automatic sliding doors such as those seen in the popular TV series Star Trek. It won't be long until these automatic sliding doors are commonplace in public and at home. The...

Mar 18, 2019
Introducing Rex

To our Valued Customers, We are pleased to announce the merging of Rex W. Williams & Sons with Beacon Commercial Door & Lock. This is a merger of two highly compatible companies that share the values of producing excellent service with an emphasis on honesty and integrity. This is an exciting event for our companies, our...

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