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Steve Behrens
Steve in Closers
The two most common ways to mount a door closer are either parallel arm or standard arm. The parallel (PA) arm type will mount on the push side of the door. The standard (STD) type will mount on the pull side of the door. Most door closers will be packed with the boot screwed onto the arm for STD mount and the PA bracket in the box as a loose item to be installed if needed. On outswing exterior doors, you would obviously install it as a PA type to keep the closer out of the weather.
Steve Behrens
Steve in Hollow Metal Doors
Replacing a hollow metal door in an existing hollow metal frame? Keep in mind one size does NOT fit all! Different manufacturers have their hinge and lock preps in their doors at different locations. So make sure to measure each hinge location from the door top (FDT) to the top of each hinge, and measure the lock FDT to the centerline. We have some handy forms with pictures for you to print at the link in this post that will make it easy for you.
Steve Behrens
@capco6 Hey Art Capriotti! Thanks for joining! For some helpful information on how to complete your profile & how to use this site, please see "How To?" at the top or bottom of every page. It is also linked in this post. Feel free to start making posts, reply to some existing posts, or just take a look around. Please make yourself at home!
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LeadLined.gif Steve in Hollow Metal Doors
Lead Lined doors & frames. Usually you will use a wood door but you can get a lead lined hollow metal door. 1/16" thick lead is "standard" which is 2 pieces of 1/32" lead either side of the wood door core. 1/8" ( 2 pieces 1/16" ) is also used quite often. Common options range from 1/32" to 1/8". Doors will remain 1 3/4" thick with up to 1/8" lead in them. Over that and the door thickness starts to increase so you need a special frame for a non standard thickness door in this case.
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DoubleActing.gif Steve in Hollow Metal Doors
The difference between Double Acting doors and Double Egress doors. These 2 terms sometimes cause confusion if you are not in the commercial door industry so let's clear it up! Double acting means the door swings in AND out...versus in OR out for a standard (single acting) door. You'll see this in a lot of restaurants going into the kitchen. This can be a single door or a pair of doors. You'll need a special frame for this application called a Cased Open frame.
Steve Behrens
kddwanchor.gif Steve in Hollow Metal Frames
A question sent to us by email: Need to install a new frame in an existing wood stud opening that is already drywalled. I can get the frame square and plumb but when I hang the door on the hinge jamb it wants to move. The area is already carpeted and the owner does not want any thresholds so a reverse base anchor is not the answer for securing the jamb. Answer: You would have had to use a knockdown drywall (kd dw) frame as you are going into a stud wall with the drywall already up.
Steve Behrens
Steve in HM Frame Anchors
A question sent to us by email: When do you use a welded Z anchor?
Steve Behrens
Steve in HM Frame Anchors
A question sent to us by email: What type of fastener is most commonly used to anchor the feet of a welded hollow metal frame to a concrete slab?
Steve Behrens
Steve in Specifications
A question sent to us by email: Do they make a 3/4 hr rated 9' tall x 3' Hollow Metal door provided it has a 9sf 3/4 HR rated glazing area?
Steve Behrens
Steve in Hollow Metal Doors
A question sent to us by email: How do you seal the gap on double doors that are both active?
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