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Gasketing Options: Good, Better, and Best

by Sonny Hager What commercial building product has a positive impact on any unwanted sound, air, light, smoke, and improves energy efficiency? Adding gasketing to your next project can provide these benefits. But how do you know which gasketing product is the best...

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Understanding Lockset Grades

Founded in 1925 as the Hardware Manufacturers’ Statistical Association, now known as the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, BHMA took a leadership role in developing standards for builders hardware to ensure quality and performance.  Hardware is a key...

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Why is the bottom rod missing?

Have you ever come across a pair of doors that have just a top vertical rod exit device and not top and bottom and wondered why? Often an architect or specification writer will specify “less bottom rod (LBR)” on pairs of doors in healthcare facilities.This photo was...

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Creating LEED Buildings

Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources began before the 1970s, but it was the oil prices increase during that period that spurred the movement. The green building field formalized in the late 1980s and 1990s when several organizations developed committees,...

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170 Years & Six Generations

We’ve heard the story about Charles Hager leaving Germany in 1848 and ending up in St. Louis working for a blacksmith. Through hard work, skill, foresight, and determination he created a company that is still in business today, 170 years later. It’s a testament to...

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Don’t Get Locked Out!

Understanding which lock function a customer needs can mean the difference between a happy customer or an unhappy one, if the lock doesn’t function how they expected. The function is the mechanical behavior of the lock. The need (or not) for security on the door...

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How to Hand a Door

You can date how long someone has been in the door and hardware industry by how they explain how to hand a door.  People in the industry for 30 years or more have heard the term “put your butt to the butts” in order to hand a door. At one time hinges were called...

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Roton® Continuous Geared Hinge

Austin Baer earned a patent for his design of hinge leaves with intermeshed gears in 1963. He earned a second patent, in 1968, for adding thrust bearings to his original design. The patent expired in 1985 and Hager Companies purchased Mr. Baer’s company in 1989. The...

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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...

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Door Hardware Submittals

Door hardware is approximately 1% of a total construction project and yet it is definitely one of the most challenging. The definition of a door hardware submittal is a collection of documents that contain all the pertinent information to complete a project. This...

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Generations in the Workplace

Hager Companies currently has 5th and 6th generations of the Hager family working with the company along with employees who range from working at Hager for 40+ years to just a few months. Having that many generations working together it is important to understand how...

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Made In America

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...

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