Apr 23, 2018
Installed Conventional Hinge

Door hinges are the most important part on any swinging commercial door. Without hinges to hang on, the door will not swing. Conventional hinges (often called butt hinges) come in a variety of sizes and with many options to meet the conditions at an opening. A conventional hinge is essentially two metal plates that are joined together...

Apr 16, 2018
Falcon T-series Lock

Falcon is an Allegion brand that supplies many types of door hardware including door locks, exit devices, and door closers as well as cylinders and keys. Among Falcon's many products are the Grade 1 T-series cylindrical locks and the Grade 2 B-series cylindrical locks (learn more about ANSI grades and standards). We will take a quick look...

Apr 9, 2018
HM Shop 1

Beacon Commercial Door and Lock has an in-house hollow metal shop capable of fabricating custom frames. When a customer needs frames quickly, our shop can press the metal and form the hollow metal into almost any jamb depth. Our technicians are able to setup and weld the frames as well as perform hardware preps and...

Apr 2, 2018
Door Sweeps vs Door Bottoms

The purpose of weatherstripping, or "gasketing", around a door opening is pretty straight-forward. There are gaps around the door so that the door can be opened and closed without binding on the frame. These gaps, however, can allow air flow, sound, light, and smoke transmission. Weatherstripping effectively seals up the gaps all the way...

Mar 26, 2018
Stanley Diagram

Commercial door closer manufacturers provide many different styles of door closer arms. Each type of closer arm provides a certain type of control including holding a door open or stopping the door from going beyond a certain degree of opening (read this previous blog post to learn more about closer arms). There are two basic arm types...

Mar 19, 2018
Hospital Stops

Hollow metal frames are sometimes specified to have "hospital stops" which are also called "sanitary stops" or "terminated stops". On a typical hollow metal frame, whether it is a single rabbet or double rabbet frame profile, the soffit (sometimes referred to as the "stop") will run all the way to the floor. However, dust and dirt can...

Mar 12, 2018
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In the door industry, the term "keying" refers to the way keys will be used to operate the cylinders that are installed in the door hardware throughout the building or space. Keys can be assigned to certain groups that define where they will and will not operate the cylinders. Keying determines which keys work at each opening. Here we...

Mar 5, 2018
Wood Door Cores

Wood doors can be assembled a number of ways, depending on the type of door and its design. When it comes to flush wood doors they are built essentially in the same manner. The doors have a core with veneers on the faces and edge-banding on the sides. There are two terms, however, that can be hard to remember. These terms are stiles and...

Feb 26, 2018
Panic Devices on Aluminum Doors

The term mullion may be something you've heard of and you may have a pretty good idea of what it is. Or you may have never heard of it and have no clue about what it could be. Either way, this article is meant to teach you what a mullion is and where it is most commonly used. A Complete Guide to Mullions A mullion is a part of a frame...

Feb 19, 2018
Kick Plates

An astragal is a piece of hardware that is used on a pair of doors to seal the gap between the doors when they are closed. Astragals are different from a mullion because the astragal is fastened to the door itself. A mullion is attached to the frame and the doors stop against it. Mullions can, however, provide more security than an...


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