CABINET HARDWARE the Things to Consider

The cabinet hardware is easy to combine with their colors and styles like the pulls and the knobs. You can already see an enormous variety of designs you have to pick from a shop. Once you’ve decided on pulls versus hardware knobs, the next decision is the type of metal and it’s finish. This is an important decision when it comes to your budget as basic chrome hardware starts around $1.00 per piece while nickel and bronze will cost more with prices starting around $5.00 per piece. What seems like a simple decision can cost several hundred dollars given the several pieces you have to buy for a kitchen or bathroom. Choose from a majority that we offer in-house so you do not have to outsource, it’s all in the same place.

Pulls versus Knobs

Cabinet pulls and knobs now come in thousands of shapes, sizes, materials and color. When adding hardware to cabinets (some cabinet styles do not require hardware), a choice of pulls versus knobs has to be made. Sometimes you can even mix can match pulls and knobs with the same cabinet. When doing this, pulls are mainly used for drawers and knobs for doors.

Cabinet Hardware Finishes

The choice of the type and finish is mainly determined by the budget:

Porcelain and vintage glass – more commonly used for door knobs, will be sourced more easily in antique stores.

Chrome – has a polished mirror finish, is durable and tarnish-free. Maintenance is easy, like wiping off finger prints.

Stainless steel and nickel – are common finishes with a modern, contemporary look. Nickel will not rust, fade or weather. It comes polished or in a dull finish.

Bronze – is found in brass and zinc, offering a rich, luxurious look. It is slightly lighter than black and variations offer a hint of light, an amber hue or copper undertone. It can create an old-world feeling although more contemporary designs exist.

Brass – has a distinct gold look that can be finished in several ways. Antique brass is more subtle with an aged look while polished brass has a shiny, vibrant look.

Copper – has a reddish tinge that suits modern and traditional spaces. It is typically combined with brass but can be used on zinc and other metals by dipping the base metal in a copper flash to create plated black and brushed for an antique look.

Black – is a color, offers many finishes from matte to glossy and is typically applied to brass or a powder coated finish over iron.

Pewter – is a great choice for an intricate design because it is a soft metal, and easier to work.

Commercial Door Hardware – The ISO’s Role in Maintaining Quality

Every day millions of people around the world enter and exit public buildings. We work, shop, study and play in commercial buildings. Most people take for granted that public buildings are safe, and that components like doors are going to perform properly and as expected every single time. If we had to stop and think about how the door might work every time we entered a property, it would put a serious damper on how we do business and go about daily life. Fortunately, it’s organizations like the ISO that help make daily living easier, providing peace of mind for consumers and users of everyday products, like commercial door hardware. 

 

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) was formed in 1947. It is a network consisting of the national standards institutes of 157 different countries around the world. It collaborates with scientists, manufacturers and various industry experts worldwide to create product standards that “meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society.” The ISO helps to ensure that international standards for products and technology are developed, encouraged and adhered to by products manufacturers and industries in general. International Standards “provide a reference framework, or a common technological language, between suppliers and their customers.”

 

What does this mean for the consumer? Essentially, consumers and members of the public can be assured of two things:

 

1) Products will perform in the same manner no matter what part of the world they come from. In the case of commercial door hardware, such as exit devices, the device will perform safely and in the expected and acceptable manner in the United States even if it was manufactured in another country.

 

2) Technology is shared. ISO member countries work in partnership with one another. They share information and technology. This means that products (i.e. exit devices, door closers) are manufactured to perform in a uniform manner. While individual commercial door hardware companies are free to improve on existing products and to create new ones, they will still perform according to the technological guidelines as set out by the ISO.

 

The 1903 Iroquois Theater Fire in Chicago, Illinois is an example of human tragedy that resulted, at least in part, from a lack of product/technology standardization. The theater was rushed to an opening several months ahead of schedule, despite the lack of safety precautions, such as working fire escapes. As such, the Iroquois Theater had a beautiful architectural and interior design façade, but lacked working safety systems.

 

When fire broke out during a matinee, hundreds of patrons were unable to escape the burning theater. Many of the theater’s fire doors had been locked, trapping patrons inside. Other doors were outfitted with bascule locks. While they were more common in European countries, they were virtually unheard of in the United States. Just a mere handful of visitors were able to work the bascule locks. Those who could not perished in the flames.

 

Had international standards existed in the early 1900’s, it’s probable that many more lives could have been saved. Over six hundred died in the Iroquois Theater Fire. The ISO exists, in part, to help ensure that these kinds of tragedies do not occur.

 

Today’s commercial door hardware can be expected to perform to the standards set out by the ISO. These standards apply to the United States, as well as the other 156 member countries around the world. 

Computer Software and Hardware Basic Knowledge

Computer software is what allows people to do what they need to accomplish in their everyday activities. A more complex definition of a computer software is; Software is a program that enables a computer to perform a specific task, as opposed to the physical components of the system. The physical components of the system were what I have talked about in the last post, the actual hardware that a person can physically touch.

The most common software that people know of is the operating system. Operating system is a system software that allows other software of your choosing to be ran properly. The operating system is the middle man to interacting between the hardware and the other software. The software that you want to install should be loaded onto a hard drive, or memory RAM. After the software is loaded on either of these two data platforms, the computer can execute the software.

People have many different software that allows them to do many different tasks. For example, the Microsoft Word program allows you to type up papers, and create templates. It’s a type of software that you should have, because it allows you to complete more complex tasks in one spot, instead of going to different many places. This is what people back in the day have done, and it is fun seeing how software keeps on transforming tech world today. Software allows us to create an easier way to complete things, and it can be found in many of the technologies today, and not just the computers.

Computers are not just hardware equipment, but it’s something that I will be discussing today. There are many different types of computer hardware, and all together, the hardware you use makes up your complete working system. Some of the more common hardware that people are aware of are CD-ROM drive, which allows for a computer to read specific information located on a CD, and the FLOPPY disk drive, which is a much older hardware, allows people to merely do the same exact thing as CD, but in a less sufficient way. These two are more known to people because these two hardware pieces that people interact with the most.

Some of other big hardware items are, Hard Drives, Memory (RAM), Motherboard, Power Supply, and Central Processing Unit (CPU). Hard drive is a non-volatile memory device that allows you to save information regardless whether the power is on or off. You can permanently save information on a hard drive, and then recover it whenever you want. The memory, also called RAM, also is there to store information both permanently and temporarily. RAM interact with majority of the operating system software which I will later talk about. The motherboard connects everything together, and allows for all the hardware to communicate sort of speak. Motherboard is the foundation of the computer and is a vital piece of making the computer work. It takes power from the Power Supply and powers the CPU, and other components such as RAM.

The computer consists of more than these things, but these are some of the major ones that I felt that you should know. Next time I will be talking about computer software.