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I’m back!

Actually, I've been here all along - writing a new post each weekday!  If you haven't been receiving your daily or weekly email notifications, here's what you missed...

By |2020-10-15T11:57:42-04:00October 15th, 2020|General Info|1 Comment

Favorite Posts

Have you ever been reading a post on iDigHardware and wished you could save it to refer back to later? In the Olden Days I used to keep printed articles in my binder called "Important Stuff" (no lie). Here's an alternative.

By |2018-11-13T10:39:19-05:00November 12th, 2018|General Info|2 Comments

Change is Good

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of change; I like predictability. I know that might surprise some of you, but I’m more apt to live by the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In case some of you are change-averse like me, I want to tell you about a change that is happening today.

By |2017-07-11T09:29:06-04:00July 11th, 2017|General Info, News|5 Comments

Door Problems…

I think there really are a thousand ways to screw up a door, but it's not every day you see a cartoon on the subject. Jim Phillips of SBS Associates sent me this oldie that he found in a file. Anyone know where it originated?

By |2016-11-08T10:14:40-05:00November 8th, 2016|General Info|3 Comments

Allegion Support

I receive lots of questions daily.  Usually they are code questions, but I also receive questions about our products.  To help you find answers to some of the product questions more quickly, I  have added links to some Allegion support resources in the right sidebar.  -->

By |2017-05-31T09:29:59-04:00October 6th, 2014|General Info|6 Comments

Hardware Finishes

When I worked for a hardware distributor back in the 80's, I had a secret hiding place where I kept my prized possessions...including a small cardboard "book" that contained samples of each of the common finishes used for hardware. I had to keep it hidden, because people were always trying to steal it, or rip out the little metal pieces to send as finish samples...

By |2016-01-13T11:10:14-05:00September 30th, 2014|General Info|44 Comments

Fire Walls

Photos of the collapsed buildings show what appear to be fire walls between each of the adjoining buildings, which may have provided some protection from the explosion and resulting fire. The term "fire wall" is often misused...

By |2018-01-10T10:26:05-05:00March 17th, 2014|Fire Doors, General Info, News|2 Comments

PSA – 9-volt Batteries

This is not door-related, but consider it a public service announcement that shows how much I care about you.  I don't know how common this is, but I did confirm that a 9-volt battery can be used to start a fire and improper storage has led to several residential fires.  If we proactively replace our smoke detector batteries and store the partially-used batteries until they are recycled, we need to take precautions to avoid the situation in the video below.

By |2014-02-03T14:10:31-05:00February 3rd, 2014|General Info, Videos|2 Comments

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Bentonville, Arkansas

Almost exactly 7 years ago I began working on one of my most beautiful and challenging projects - the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  I remember the start date because I had just returned from leave after having my youngest daughter.  The architect contacted me many months prior and asked me to act as the hardware consultant on the project, and to be honest, I didn't want to do it.  I already had several "high-maintenance" projects on my desk, and with most of those fancy, prestigious projects, you also get frustrations and headaches.  You get architects with door-related ideas that have never been attempted...gigantic doors, openings that are invisible (codes be damned), doors made out of unusual materials, sliders that slide with the touch of a finger and no sound, and security applications that require variances from the local AHJ.  It was during one of those projects that I first stated, "Sorry, I left my magic wand in the car."  On another I earned the nickname "the anti-fairy godmother" because I told an architect that the doors in his interior elevation would not look the way he had drawn them because of code-drive hardware requirements.

By |2016-03-02T10:31:34-05:00January 28th, 2014|Beautiful Doors, General Info, Videos|4 Comments


It's hard to believe, but this week was my 19th anniversary with Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.  I started out with the independent manufacturers' rep, MPS Sales, representing several of the IR product lines, and in 2001 we all joined the company as direct employees.

By |2013-10-29T13:31:36-04:00October 3rd, 2013|General Info|10 Comments

CONSTRUCT: Help me decide!

On September 24th I'll be heading down to Nashville for the CONSTRUCT show, and I need some help with a decision!  We had planned to offer 2 different classes Wednesday and Thursday of that week, but the schedule was printed with the same topic (codes!) for both sessions.  So help me decide...would you prefer 2 code classes as the schedule shows, or should we stick with 1 on codes, 1 on access control and advertise the schedule change on-site?

By |2013-09-12T01:57:13-04:00September 12th, 2013|General Info|5 Comments

On the Road Again

On Monday I'm headed to ISC-West in Las Vegas for a few days...will I see any of you there?  And in a few weeks I'm making my first-ever trip to Missouri AND Kansas!  If you're in the area, I'll be playing Code Jeopardy with the MO KAN Chapter of DHI on April 25th in Kansas City, and debuting my new game-show presentation - Decoded: 1 vs. 100, on April 26th in Overland Park, Kansas.

By |2013-05-01T19:21:31-04:00April 4th, 2013|General Info|7 Comments
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