Ziptide June 2014

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  • Walter Schlage, the founder of Schlage, patented a door lock that turned lights on and off in 1909.
  • From 1830 to 1873, over 100 U.S. patents were granted for door knobs.
  • The NFPA was formed in 1896 by a group of insurance firms with the purpose of standardizing the new and burgeoning market of fire sprinkler systems.
  • The Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) is the only professional association dedicated to the Architectural Openings Industry.
  • Other names for safe include strongbox and coffer.
  • Wooden doors & handles first appeared around 5,000 years ago, as evidenced by paintings in the tombs of wealthy Egyptians.
  • In India, during the reign of Emperor of Annam, valuables were sealed in blocks of wood & placed on islands protected by crocodiles.

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Got a challenging question about a recent installation? Our online discussion forums might just have the answer you need. Following are two recent forum questions, along with answers from editor-in-chief Gale Johnson.

Post your questions at and see if your colleagues or our editors have an answer.  Forum topics include Ask An Expert (moderated by editor in chief Gale Johnson), General Locksmithing, Electronic Access Control, Safe Servicing and Automotive Locksmithing.


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