Hinges & Pivots

Cease Fire Door Hinge

As most of you know, I love to see creativity and innovation within the door and hardware industry, especially if it helps to increase fire prevention and life safety. I received a video this morning, introducing a product that has been developed by two retired FDNY firefighters. It is a spring hinge with a fusible link, so in normal operation it acts as a typical hinge but when exposed to heat it closes the door...

By |2014-10-28T11:52:08-04:00October 28th, 2014|Hinges & Pivots, Videos|39 Comments

Art Institute Fire Doors

These are 3-hour fire doors which divide the modern wing of the museum from the older wings. This is an award-winning museum which houses more than 300,000 works of art in its priceless collection. The chance of a fire may seem unlikely, but if a fire occurs, the wedged-open fire doors will not protect the rest of the museum...

By |2014-05-23T22:05:29-04:00April 29th, 2014|FDAI, Fire Doors, Hinges & Pivots|9 Comments

Reader Photos

Thank you to everyone who has sent me photos of doors they've seen in their travels (or while laying on the couch).  Kelly Chimilar from Allmar Inc. noticed these doors with an obvious egress problem while watching Thursday Night Football.  If you don't know what the problem is, I will hold a special online study session for you after work tonight.  ;)

WWYD: Help Wanted

I answer A LOT of questions every day, and I love doing it.  I'm so glad to be able to provide this resource for our staff and customers, and anyone else who comes across my site.  But sometimes I get questions that I don't have a good answer for, and that's where you come in.  Please leave a comment if you have any insight on ANY of these questions...

Fire Door Brain Teaser

Paul Goldense of Goldense Building Products showed me this pair of fire-rated doors last week.  He mentioned that the architect had to change the arch to make it a "flatter" curve because of the rating, and that they had to use continuous hinges instead of butt hinges.  Who can tell me why?

By |2012-01-27T21:57:04-04:00October 17th, 2011|Fire Doors, Hinges & Pivots|17 Comments

Back-to-Basics: Hinge Types and Applications

This afternoon I had an appointment for acupuncture, and as I was drifting off into a needle-induced temporary coma (if you haven't tried it, you should!) I was thinking about what I should post for Friday.  Then I thought about how it seemed like such a short time between my Wordless Wednesday post and planning for Friday's post, and in a sudden epiphany I realized that I had posted the WW post today!  I DO know what day it is, and I did write the WW post on Wednesday, but I must have had a senior moment.  I went back and changed the date so nobody who visits that post in the future will realize that I messed up.  To all of the loyal readers out there, THANK YOU for not saying, "You dummy, it's Thirsty Thursday not Wordless Wednesday!"  :-)

By |2019-07-05T13:35:55-04:00September 1st, 2011|Back-2-Basics, Hinges & Pivots|22 Comments

Lexington, Virginia

We only spent a brief segment of our road trip in Lexington, but it was long enough to spot a couple of doors of interest.  Our hotel was originally a single family residence and it's on the Register of Historic Places.  We checked in pretty late at night but I immediately noticed the mess they had made of the lock on their front door.  Creative, yes...purty, no.

By |2012-01-27T21:57:30-04:00July 8th, 2011|Hinges & Pivots, Locks & Keys, Road Trips|5 Comments

WW: Big Butts

Is it me, or are those some really big butts on pretty small doors?  This post should bring in some interesting stats...like the guy who Googled "naked ladies with no cover-ups" and was sent to my blog post on naked closers with snap-on covers.  :-)

By |2012-01-27T21:57:31-04:00June 22nd, 2011|Hinges & Pivots, Wordless Wednesday|7 Comments

E.R. Butler & Co.

I've been in the door and hardware business for a long time - almost 25 years.  While I'm still passionate about the products, the industry, and our customers, there are some days when I'm not quite as excited as I once was.  It's kind of like the old, "I love you but I'm not in love with you," line.  I'm sure you can relate...we all have those days.

By |2012-01-27T21:57:31-04:00June 16th, 2011|Beautiful Doors, Hinges & Pivots, Locks & Keys|3 Comments

Now you’re really in trouble.

I love photography and I've always wanted to learn how to use all the fancy buttons and dials on my camera.  My "big" camera (a Canon T1i) takes great photos but I knew it could do so much more if I only knew what all those settings meant.  Well, today I finally took a class.  Yeah!  It was an hour of buttons and dials followed by a field trip around the neighborhood looking for interesting subjects.  It wasn't a great area for interesting doors but I found a few...and you can expect a LOT more photo-safari posts now that I've graduated from DSLR-1.  Just wait until DSLR-2!

By |2014-11-25T23:24:06-04:00April 3rd, 2011|Gates, Hinges & Pivots, My Photos|4 Comments

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