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Answers to your door, hardware, and code questions from Allegion's Lori Greene.
Jun 29 2011
Wow! Feast your eyes on this retrofit 994L lever trim for a Von Duprin 98/99 device. It was made by Cirecast, for the Kansas Statehouse. Gorgeous!
Photos submitted by Andy Buse of Von Duprin, posted with permission from Peter Morenstein of Cirecast, Inc.
The Tax Payer dollar hard at work.
That’s an interesting point…should tax dollars be spent maintaining the character of historic government buildings? Having seen what happens when facilities install the least expensive hardware possible, I think there’s a time and place for hardware like this on historic government facilities.
That has the most intricate detail I have ever seen. It must be one special door entrance.
Too bad the cylinder finish doesn’t match the trim. Looks like US3 on cylinder and US9 on trim. Maybe that is just a temporary cylinder
Another observation, if that had been installed by a craftsman (woman), all the slotted head screws would be aligned vertically.
Little details, little details!
I thought the same thing about the cylinder. I once had an architect require all allen head screws for kick plates, push plates, etc., because he didn’t want to see the “plus signs” every which way.
Uncle Zeke you never miss a detail do you !
Wow… I never would have guessed that many people would get excited over door hardware….
All good comments. The particular design does not do much for me, but Cirecast does nice work. The countersinks are to deep and the cylinder should have been ordered in Bronze and refinished bright.
ADA lever retrofits are very difficult to pull off properly. They mostly look to be afterthoughts or just “add ons” to existing knobs. It is much more classy than the aluminum clamp on variety I’ve seen on jobs. I agree that the orientation of the slotted screws IS important. Finish carpenters know this type of thing. It seems everyone and their brother with a Makita is an installer lately. GOOD installers are indeed a rare breed.
Concerning tax dollars at work comment… I understand where this derives from, but I take offense to it as this type of work is what keeps my small little shop in business. I do NOT think cheap, imported hardware should ever be used on our state houses and prominent structures. These buildings deserve the best and I strive to replicate and restore, with the utmost accuracy, every detail on historic projects. Employing a small staff of dedicated Americans and supporting their families makes me proud. Lori is spot on about maintaining what we have… in this time of throwaway goods it’s refreshing to know that what we produce will endure many, many decades of use.
Very nice craftsmanship. I noticed the cylinder finish before reading the comments but not the screw seatings. I have attended to those details on hardware but it depends where I see the door. I do have a thing for getting the drive hole on the collar of Corbin and Schlage knobs to line up with the retainer hole facing the latch or fully down. And travel with a rubber boa wrench to do those cleanly.
I like the sentiment on economic nationalism but for you folks in the USA, here in Canada there are limited products — if any — to choose from if I tried a buy Canadian policy. Oh well, we ship softwood lumber and cement to us along with a bit of oil.
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