Jul 9, 2018
KD and Welded frames

Hollow metal frames can be supplied to the job site as "KD" frames or as welded frames. So, what's the difference? "KD" stands for knock-down, meaning the hollow metal frames are sent in separate pieces and must be assembled on site when they are installed. Welded hollow metal frames can be shipped direct from the factory as welded units,...

Jul 2, 2018
Rough Openings

Beacon Commercial Door & Lock generally supplies hollow metal frames from Steelcraft. Steelcraft is a brand of Allegion. According to Allegion, these are the rough openings for the various Steelcraft hollow metal frames. (Images used from Steelcraft Shop Manual) First determine your frame type (Steelcraft F-series frames are...

Jun 25, 2018
Overhead Door Stop

Overhead door stops are installed at the top of the door and an arm is attached to the frame. Overhead stops can be surface mounted to the face of the door or they can be concealed in the head of the door. The arm slides along a track or rod and when it comes to the end of the track it will stop against a bumper or spring built in the...

Jun 18, 2018
Full Size IC Core (FSIC) and Small Format IC Core (SFIC)

Interchangeable cores for locks were invented to allow for quick keying and re-keying of locks. There are two styles of interchangeable cores, the Small Format Interchangeable Core (SFIC) and the Full Size Interchangeable Core (FSIC). Both are recognizable by their figure 8 shape. The SFIC cores are smaller than the FSIC cores.The...

Jun 11, 2018
rotary slicing

Wood veneers for commercial wood doors come in various cuts that provide different finished appearances. Some species of wood can be cut in certain ways for better results. This brief post will look at the 4 most common cutting options used for wood door veneers. These are the 4 cutting options: Plain Slicing Quarter Slicing ...

Jun 4, 2018
classroom door security

Life safety and security are important factors for any building or space. Classroom security in schools has been in the spotlight in recent years as we see tragic events taking place across the country that concern educators, parents, children, first responders, government leaders, as well as builders. The common goal we all have is to...

May 29, 2018
wood door core with lock

Wood door cores are central to the door's performance and durability. Each core type has benefits and specific applications where they are recommended or even required to be used. The core type can also greatly affect the cost of the wood doors on your project. We'll briefly cover each core type and talk about some of their...

May 21, 2018
4 common hollow metal frame profiles

Hollow metal frames are shaped from flat steel sheets of different thicknesses to form what is called a "profile". Depending on the manufacturer, there are many profiles that can be formed. For most openings, however, there are a set of common hollow metal frame profiles that can be used. What are they and what are their...

May 14, 2018
Door Closer Control Zones

Commercial door closers are used to control an opening when the door is being opened and while the door is closing. The different types of closers may have standard controls as well as optional ones that can be added at the factory. In this blog post we'll cover the 4 most common door closer control "zones" used in the swing of a door....

May 7, 2018
Pairs of Doors

Double doors are often used at front entrances to buildings as well as for storage closets, conference room entrances, and openings to other large spaces. Double doors include two door panels in the frame that may or may not be separated by a vertical mullion. Each door leaf may be equal in width (called an equal pair) or they may have...


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