I’ll be wandering in Rome today..the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Piazza Navona.  And if I survive, there’s more to see in Rome tomorrow!


In the #4 position of the Top 10 posts is another article from my monthly column – Decoded: Panic Hardware Refresher.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that panic hardware was one of the reasons I started learning about codes in the first place.

The story goes like this…sometime in the mid-1990’s, I wanted to find out what circumstances would mandate panic hardware in Massachusetts.  I don’t remember why the question came up…it was before I entered the wild and wacky world of specwriting.  I did what we all used to do before Google – I asked my coworkers and other people I knew in the industry.  The crazy thing was that nobody could tell me exactly where to find the answer.

From that experience I realized that the door and hardware industry really needed more education on codes, since the codes and standards affect so many aspects of our business.  I started learning about code requirements, then training architects and distributors.  Eventually I was spending so much time on codes that I asked the company to make it my full time job – and they did!  I think the level of understanding about codes in the door and hardware industry has grown tremendously in the last 10 years, and I hope that I’ve had a hand in that.

Here’s the #4 post – Decoded: Panic Hardware Refresher

There are lots of other posts about panic hardware, so if you don’t need a refresher, maybe one of these will be useful:

There are also some whiteboard videos about panic hardware:


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