Happy Birthday to www.idighardware.com!!One year ago today I wrote the first post on this blog, regarding panic hardware on electric rooms.  I don’t remember why I chose that topic for my first post,  but I tried to post answers to some of the most commonly asked questions before I introduced the site to anyone.  Since then I have published 217 posts!

My original plan for the site was to store a bunch of code information in a searchable database so I could easily find the information for the questions I’ve already answered.  I had no idea that people would come to read whatever random piece of information I decided to post that day.  No pressure!  🙂

I’m so glad people are visiting regularly – I can see from the stats that the site is getting lots of visitors and I can also see what they’re searching for when they arrive.  There’s been some discussion about why the URL is “www.idighardware.com.”  I’m sure everyone knows by now that it’s not because I hate hardware, but because one of our target groups for this site (architects) DOES hate hardware.  Plus www.ilovehardware.com was already taken.

I often see people arrive at the site searching “i hate hardware,” but I don’t know if they’re hating door hardware or computer hardware, or whether they just had a bad experience at their local hardware store.  Or maybe they’re searching specifically for my site but they can’t remember the exact name.  The other day I saw someone arrive after searching, “I hate door hardware,” and trying different search terms to find what he was looking for.  He later emailed me with some questions and I was able to help him out.  I was so glad because I felt powerless watching him search in vain!

If you can’t find an answer to your question here, drop me an email.  If you have suggestions or feedback about the site, please leave a comment.  You can also leave links to related information in your comments.  Yesterday, a code official left a link to an article about doors that were chained shut.  I’ve been gathering some of these articles in the “News” section of www.firedoorguide.com, so please let me know if you see a related article.

On March 1st I’ll announce the winners of the 1 Year / 100 Countries contest.  I’ll give you until midnight on February 28th to submit your guess by leaving a comment.

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