Mass. Building Code – 8th Edition

I posted a while back about the proposed 8th edition of 780 CMR, the Massachusetts State Building Code.  The link that I had provided to the proposed code stopped working, but the information is now available online, including a read-only link to the 2009 IBC, the proposed Massachusetts addendums, and the comments and proposals from the February public hearing.

By |2016-09-11T22:42:55-04:00June 14th, 2010|New England Codes|0 Comments

Help Wanted

Someone emailed me last week to ask if Ingersoll Rand was hiring.  Good question - it's been a really long time since I've perused the want ads.  Back in 1987, I was laid off from my job as a draftsman for an aluminum storefront supplier and had to go on the hunt for a new job, but since then the jobs have usually found me.  The hardware business is very small, which is great because we all know each other, but sometimes it can be a little awkward.  About 10 years ago a recruiter called to ask if I was interested in a job, and not only did I know the person who currently held the job, he didn't know he was leaving yet!  Yikes!

By |2016-07-20T10:57:09-04:00March 7th, 2010|General Info|0 Comments

Low Voltage License

Someone recently asked me whether a low voltage license is required for wiring electrified hardware in Massachusetts.  I asked my Panel of Experts and did some research on the website, and (regardless of what actually happens out in the field on a daily basis) a license IS required for connecting wires to electrified hardware in Massachusetts (actually two licenses - read on).

By |2017-05-25T15:39:21-04:00January 1st, 2010|Electrified Hardware|7 Comments


I've added a new page to help you find what you're looking for - the Index tab above.  There are already 76 posts (!) and I'll be adding two new features shortly.  One will be a series called Industry Profiles - to help you get to know some of the great people who work in the door & hardware industry.  The other is in response to your requests...a series called Basic Training.  Our office periodically offers a 5-week course by the same name, which is a pretty generic introduction to doors & hardware including mechanical and electrified hardware, codes, and blueprint reading.  Many of our current customers are Basic Training alumni.  Quite a few people have found this website and asked for more information on the basics, so they can learn about hardware from the ground up.  I hope to have the first posts of both series ready next week.

By |2012-01-27T22:10:02-05:00July 2nd, 2009|General Info|0 Comments

Hollow Metal Standards

I recently needed to refer to a copy of HMMA-850, the NAAMM/HMMA standard for fire rated doors and frames.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this standard on-line as a free download.  Upon further digging, I found that almost ALL of the HMMA and SDI publications can be downloaded for free from their websites.  There is a wealth of information there, including free downloadable specifications and ANSI standards.  If you're an architect or specwriter, you can even request a complimentary bound copy (or CD) of the SDI Fact File which includes all of their publications.  Click the links below to check out the list of standards available for download.

By |2016-07-20T10:57:31-04:00June 29th, 2009|Doors & Frames|3 Comments

ADAAG Manual

The ADAAG Manual was created by the Access Board of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board as companion information to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).  It explains and clarifies many of the requirements of the ADAAG, and gives insight on the intent of the requirements.  I recently found a downloadable version available online.  You can download it here by clicking on the link at the top that says "ERIC Full Text".

By |2013-02-09T00:40:02-05:00June 9th, 2009|Accessibility|0 Comments

Reed Construction Data

There's a great resource for code information on the Reed Construction Data site.  It includes information for all 50 states, major cities, and some counties, and lists contact information for many of the AHJs in each jurisdiction.

By |2012-01-27T22:10:38-05:00April 28th, 2009|General Info|0 Comments

Continuing Ed

Last week I conducted a 3-hour class for the New England Chapter of the Door & Hardware Institute.  The class is available to any hardware suppliers, architects, or end users in New England who need to understand code requirements related to doors and hardware, including recent changes to the Massachusetts State Building Code, and the 2006 and 2009 editions of the International Building Code and the Life Safety Code.  If you have 12 or more people who are interested in attending, I will conduct the class at your facility or our office in Needham, Massachusetts.  It's worth 3 HSW learning units for AIA members, and 9 continuing education points for DHI members.

By |2014-10-08T09:23:35-04:00March 20th, 2009|General Info, New England Codes|1 Comment
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