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Local support on parts and service is essential, as having equipment that you cannot service because of not having parts or knowledge can cause serious security problems.
Plant Operations Staff
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

All doors used as a means of egress have to be of the side-swinging type. Sliding doors, overhead doors and revolving doors are (for the most part) not acceptable for egress purposes as defined by most building codes.
Lawrence C. Schwirian
Senior Associate
Sasaki Associates

It is important to realize your specific purpose for the entire door opening when making the selection for the door, frame and hardware. Once the use of the opening has been determined, such as for life safety or security, then appropriate materials can be selected for the job.
Rachel S. Smith
President
Karpen Steel
Custom Doors & Frames

After purchasing a door, make sure installation is completed as soon as possible to ensure all supporting hardware matches.
Plant Operations Staff
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Rooms or spaces with an occupant load of 50 or more people generally require two means of egress that must be remote from each other, and the doors must swing in the direction of egress travel (i.e., out of the room).
Lawrence C. Schwirian
Senior Associate
Sasaki Associates

Before installing any door, make sure the frame is plumb and square. This will ensure that your door will fit and function properly.
Kent Watson
Product Manager
Marlite

Make sure the jamb gauge meets the proper spec to hang oversized doors. If you choose to save money here, the doors will warp and never properly fit the opening. The continual adjustment will make you crazy.
Plant Operations Staff
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Doors must be at least 36 in. wide in order to be accessible to people in wheelchairs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the Uniform Accessibilty Standard (UAS) require that all commercial, institutional and federal buildings be totally accessible to people in wheelchairs. A 36-in.-wide door is the general rule in all building types except private residences.
Lawrence C. Schwirian
Senior Associate
Sasaki Associates

Accurate measurements for a door opening are critical for the completion of any retrofit work. When completing any type of existing opening, 1/16th of an inch can make a difference in the appearance and operation. Make sure you verify existing hardware locations, wall thickness and door opening dimensions correctly.
Rachel S. Smith
President
Karpen Steel
Custom Doors & Frames

Anything larger than a standard eight-ft. opening is automatically asking for trouble and will require special attention over and above normal maintenance. If you must have a door this large, make sure jambs are installed correctly with extra support.
Plant Operations Staff
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

All of the model building codes impose size restraints on means of egress doors. Thirty-two inches is the minimum width, 48 in. is the maximum width of a single door, and 80 in. is the minimum height of egress doors.
Lawrence C. Schwirian
Senior Associate
Sasaki Associates

When installing finish hardware, be sure to predrill for all screws; then use a screwdriver and tighten by hand. Do not use a power screwdriver.
Kent Watson
Product Manager
Marlite

Doors should be stored on site, allowing controlled humidity and temperature adjustment before installation. Protect doors and hardware to allow for a perfect installation and finish.
Plant Operations Staff
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

When purchasing the frames, doors and finish hardware for your project, buy the best that you can afford in order to avoid compromising the function and security of your building.
Kent Watson
Product Manager
Marlite

Hollow metal frames come in two generic types: fully welded and knock-down. Welded frames come to the job site as a single piece with all corners welded and ground smooth. This type of frame is positioned first and partitions (gypsum board on metal studs or masonry) are built to it. Knock-down frames come to the job site in three pieces (two jambs and a head) and are installed after partitions are in place; this type of frame is generally used with drywall construction only and is less cost effective than the welded frames. Both types can be used in fire-rated assemblies.
Lawrence C. Schwirian
Senior Associate
Sasaki Associates

Spend the time developing door standards that work for you, which will help avoid frustrations later.
Plant Operations Staff
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

For larger commercial projects, where building codes require fire-resistant rated doors and frames in fire-rated partitions, hollow metal frames are required. Either gypsum core flush wood doors or mineral core hollow metal doors can be used in fire-rated door/frame assemblies. Building codes impose limits on how much glass (wire glass only) can be used in fire-rated door/frame assemblies.
Lawrence C. Schwirian
Senior Associate
Sasaki Associates

Proper maintenance of your building is a must. Every six months, inspect all openings to make sure the door and hardware are functioning properly. Tighten all screws and bolts and replace any damaged or worn items.
Kent Watson
Product Manager
Marlite

For small projects in wood frame construction, pre-hung wood doors in wood frames are probably the least expensive and the most quickly available. Their installation also involves the least field labor.
Lawrence C. Schwirian
Senior Associate
Sasaki Associates

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