Use this section to specify door hardware for aluminum, steel, wood, and laminated plastic doors.
This section is referenced from numerous other sections, including for products such as aluminum entrances where most hardware is provided by the door manufacturer, requiring only cylinders so as to provide for facility-wide keying.
This section includes hardware for hinged metal, wood, and laminated plastic doors.
Hardware for sliding doors is not included but can be added.
Most hardware for the electronic operation and monitoring of doors is typically not included except where it is integral to other door hardware, due to the wide diversity of available products and the fact that many of these components must be installed by licensed electricians. Careful coordination with the building’s security system is required to ensure proper operation. Electrical components such as card readers, infrared sensors, and door status switches are typically specified as part of the security system in Division 28 – Electronic Safety and Security.
In general fire-rated doors must:
– Be self-closing and self-latching. This may be provided by a door closer or spring hinges. Door closers allow for adjustment of closing and latching speeds; spring hinges do not.
– Utilize steel ball-bearing hinges. Hinges may be plated to match other hardware.
– Include smoke seals at heads, jambs, sills, and meeting stiles.
The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.