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A Pair and a Half = 3

A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me why hinges traditionally come in pairs. I asked two of my favorite hinge experts - Matt Bouchard and Bob Jutzi, and they both gave me a variation of the same answer. In the 17th and 18th centuries there were 2 hinges on a door, so they were sold in pairs because you'd never use just one. In the early 1950's it was determined that a 3rd hinge would supply additional support and that became the standard. Our industry called that "a pair and a half" of hinges. There's some great hinge history at www.hardwaresource.com in case there's other hinge trivia you've been wondering about.

By |2023-03-22T12:59:07-04:00October 28th, 2009|Hinges & Pivots|5 Comments

Mass Code Update

At next month's meeting of the Boston Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), I'll be doing an update on the 7th edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code.  The presentation should be about 45 minutes + time for questions, so relatively painless, and the food is GREAT!  If you'd like to attend and you're not a CSI member, email Shelley Hudson.  Here are the particulars:

By |2014-11-25T23:23:45-05:00September 16th, 2009|General Info, New England Codes|0 Comments

World Trade Center Construction Progress

Earlier this week with the 8th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, I wondered what was happening at Ground Zero.  I checked in with the Metro-NY office of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, and learned that their specification department had written the hardware specs for the four new World Trade Center towers, and the retail space that connects the entire project.  Ingersoll Rand Integration is involved with the security and access control as well. 

By |2017-10-12T20:29:45-04:00September 11th, 2009|General Info|1 Comment

Give Peace a Chance

We had planned to get on the road early yesterday afternoon but we ended up leaving Williamsburg around 5 p.m., about the same time everyone else coming home from everywhere decided to leave.  The traffic was terrible, and after 6 hours of driving we had gone as far as Elkton, Maryland and couldn't stay in the car for one more mile.

By |2018-05-25T11:48:45-04:00August 17th, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip, General Info, Panic Hardware|0 Comments

Hardware Consulting FAQs

When my daughter was in preschool, she told her class that when she grew up she wanted to be a "hard work insultant", just like her mom.  After 20+ years of explaining to people what I do, I can't blame her for being a little confused.  In case you've been wondering why anyone would need a hardware consultant, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

By |2017-06-01T09:55:21-04:00April 8th, 2009|General Info|0 Comments
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