If you have been envious of my trip from the top to the bottom of Italy, just imagine yourself on a 12-hour flight from Rome to Dallas, followed by a 3 1/2-hour layover, a 2 1/2-hour flight, and a 1-hour ride home.  Don’t call me tomorrow.  🙂


The most popular post on iDigHardware in the last 10 years is an article that isn’t even about doors or hardware.  That may be the reason for it’s popularity – it’s useful for the hardware industry but also for anyone who needs to calculate the occupant load of a building or room for any reason.  It’s hard for me to believe that I wrote this article 5 years ago – time flies and the information is still accurate.

The top article posted on iDigHardware is…Decoded: Calculating the Occupant Load

In this article you can learn about the occupant load factor, the difference between gross and net floor area, the various factors used in assembly occupancies depending on the usage, and the formula used to calculate the total occupant load.  This number will help determine the number of exits that are required, the necessary egress width, the door swing, and whether panic hardware is required (among other things).

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