Hard Knocks: Weighing in on Some
of their Biggest Hardware Issues
ardware is a significant project tions that always need answers,such as: door to unlatch as though it were being
concern for many contract • If the door operator is in a slab, is it a pushed open by a person.
glaziers. Considerations such
as coordination and compatibility, as
slab that can receive one (the opera-
Tracy Robbins, a sales manager with
Walters &Wolf in the firm’s Seattle office,
well as costs and lead times, can leave • How do all the parts and pieces go says instances when the hardware does-
installers frustrated as they work to
complete their portion of the job.
• If it’s electrified, are the surrounding
n’t fit in the framing are not uncommon.
“Most glazing contractors have their
Anthony Callas, a senior project
manager with Metropolitan Glass in
Denver, says one of his biggest hard-
walls ready to have wiring brought to ‘door mechanic’who should review both
them? the hardware schedule and door/frame
Callas adds that how the door hardware extrusions to assure compatibility prior
ware concerns is compatibility. He says relates to the environment is important as to submittal for approval,”he says.“Typ-
the installation is not just about the well.For example,if the door operators are ically, this specialist will also fabricate the
hardware, but how it works with the sensitive to wind pressures, high winds extrusions and install the hardware prior
door as well as surrounding conditions. potentially could push the door open. In to field installation.”
He has a list of some common ques- other words, the wind might trigger the
Lead times and budget can also be a
“You might be ordering from your
supplier’s standard catalog and think
you’ll get [the materials] right away,but
then you find out it’s not in stock or that
the [lead time] was actually the manu-
facturer’s standard lead time and your
supplier has to go through them to get
it …” says Callas.
Robbins agrees that lead times are
often a problem. He says in order to
work through such challenges,it can be
helpful for contract glaziers to provide a
comprehensive hardware schedule as
part of the shop drawings/door sched-
ule early in the process.
“Effective collaboration with the
owner, architect and hardware consult-
ant prior to establishing the budget is
key,”says Robbins.“As the hardware re-
quirements evolve, update the budget
so that there are no surprises.”
Callas also points to the importance of
communication with the hardware sup-
plier and/or manufacturer,particularly in
cases where a wrong product is specified.
“Sometimes you might just want to
For the occasional self-installed hardware package (shown left), the blank door switch a hinge, but you can’t do that,”
is set up on temporary saw horses. On the right, some exit devices come Callas says.“There are implications for
packaged with the required components and installation instructions.
each step along the way.”
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | May 2016