Lubricants

During a cold snap, when temperatures dropped below freezing, the deadbolt to my garage froze and the key wouldn’t turn. I was renting at the time so I called the property maintenance company who told me to use a hair dryer to unfreeze the lock, so I could get to work. Then the person added “I’ll send someone out to spray it with WD-40.”

Being in the hardware business we hear and learn new things every day. One of the things I learn early on is while WD-40 is good for a lot of uses, it isn’t good to spray in locks.

Our Director of Engineering, Mark McRae, wrote a White Paper on the subject, which we have shared below. There is a lot of good technical information but basically our Director of Engineering recommends using White Lithium Grease for hinges, locks, and other door hardware.

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The WD-40 vs White Lithium Grease vs Silicon Spray by Mark McRae
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From getting loose a stuck bolt to lubricating metal to metal and metal to non-metal friction areas.

There are a lot of oils/lubricants/greases available for specific purposes and some that will work for a wide range of applications.

Below is information on WD-40, Silicon Spray and White Lithium Grease as they are by far the most popular “multipurpose” lubricant/greases.

WD-40

WD-40 (Water Displacement, 40th attempt) is a product that everyone uses indiscriminately on a wide range of materials.

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What were they thinking?

Every so often we come across door openings where we stop and scratch our heads and wonder, what were they thinking?!

 

This photo was taken by a Hager team member during a stay at a hotel near our Montgomery plant.  The privacy pocket door latch was installed upside down. Not much privacy protection happening here.

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Not sure how the hinges and cylindrical lock bore ended up on the same side but worse no one noticed and installed the door anyway.

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Made in America

There was a recent discussion on the Door and Hardware Institute’s LinkedIn page about hinges. A commenter made the statement that Hager hinges are manufactured overseas. Our Director of Specifications corrected the information but it was surprising to hear that is the perception, since Hager has been manufacturing hinges on American soil for 121 years.

Hager Companies started producing hinges in the early 1900’s by hand forging and other manual procedures in the St. Louis area. During August W. Hager’s leadership, new machinery was designed to meet the demands of the new century.

Hager’s hinge production continued to grow when contracted to produce massive quantities of custom hinges for locks on the Panama Canal Project under President Teddy Roosevelt.

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Project Profile: University Place at West Virginia University

Having a safe and comfortable living space is important all the time but never more so than when a person moves away from home for the first time. Often, that first time happens when kids are off to college.

Architect:                   Grimm + Parker
Developer:                 Paradigm Development Group LLC
General Contractor:   Turner Construction
Distributor:                 A. G. Mauro Company
Door Openings:         300
Project Dollar Value:  $70,000,000

photo by Grimm + Parker

The team above hit all the highlights when they designed and built University Place, a student housing community near West Virginia University.

Hager Co put together a comprehensive commercial hardware package that included standard and heavy duty products to match the door use frequency and kept within budget. More …

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Project Profile – Ballpark Village

Baseball season is in swing and in St. Louis that means a sea of red will be worn from now until October.  We had the distinct honor of being part of the construction team on the new Ballpark Village located next to Busch Stadium that opened last fall.

Architect:                              Design Collective, Inc.
Developer:                           The Cordish Companies
General Contractor:           The Paric Corporation
Distributor:                           H&G/Schultz Door

As soon as the project was announced our specification team offered their services. Using all grade one commercial hardware due to the high use and abuse the door openings will receive the architect specifically liked our Roton 1200-600XHD continuous geared hinges with a round cover channel.
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Grand Egyptian Museum – Cairo

We are excited and honored to be part of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project in Cairo.

The Grand Egyptian Museum project is being billed as one of the largest museum projects currently being built in the world. Hill International and EHAF Consulting Engineers were awarded the project in 2010. Other participants include Heneghan Peng Architects, Ove Arup and Buro Happold.

Just over a mile away from the famed Giza pyramids and adjacent to the Giza plateau this museum will combine the past and present of Cairo. Over 100,000 artifacts will be housed in a large exhibition area and there will be several outlying buildings that will include a conference center and restaurants. One of the main design elements will be the Menkaurus Retaining Wall that will face the pyramids.

Egybrit, located in Cairo, is the distributor handling the project and they will be sending photos periodically as the project advances. Egybrit has been a loyal Hager distributor for many years and has completed some of the largest projects in Egypt, including Wadi el Nil Hospital, which was the first major project to use the Hager H1/H2/H3 keyways.

The first stage of the museum is scheduled to open in August of 2015.

 

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Euroline Hardware

There were many exhaustive deliberations before the Hager team decided to embark on the “Euroline” quest.

Most of us in the door hardware industry are familiar with ANSI – American National Standards Institute, BHMA – Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, along with UL – Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek. However these standards and fire codes, which are strictly enforced in the United States and Canada, are not customary in approximately 90% of the rest of the world.

European standards – EN and CE – are dominant in Europe, the Middle East and most of Asia. Any hardware products sold into areas that embrace these standards must meet their cycle and fire tests, which are completely different than those of ANSI and UL.

Here in the States commercial locks are sold as a complete unit. European locksets are sold in component form: lock body, lever set and cylinder. This allows end users to mix and match cylinders, levers and lock bodies from a vast array of different manufacturers. It also allows multiple mechanical and electronic keyways to be used interchangeably. This modular approach allows for greater flexibility on the jobsite.

                                                       

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Project Profile: 3350 at Alterra Project in Baltimore, Maryland

Project Profile:          3350 at Alterra

Developer:                Old Town Construction
Distributor:                Carpentry and Hardware Services
Hager Sales Rep:   Mitchell Sales & Associates, Inc.

This past March Hager Co exhibited at the NFMT Trade Show in Baltimore. During our time in Baltimore we were honored to be able to tour the new mixed use development 3350 at Alterra with Jared Spahn, a Managing Member of Old Town Construction. Construction was ongoing during our visit but the Grand Opening was held over Memorial Day weekend so they are open for business.

The ground level is mixed use with an exercise facility and comfortable seating area with a beautiful fireplace & large TV to watch the Ravens & Orioles play. The next 3 floors have one, two & three bedroom apartments. The following photos are  good examples of a mixed use multifamily building and the many levels of architectural door hardware that is used. More …

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Women in Construction

The ratio of women to men in the workplace has changed considerably from just a generation ago. Today women represent 57% of professional and technical occupations.

Proof of this was a conversation held just over a year ago between Mitchell Sales & Associates and a branch manager of a distributor, who happens to be a woman, discussing the fact that most activities seem geared toward men in the construction industry.

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