P.O. Box 24772, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Volume: 2 Number: 1
OpeningYour World


President - Thomas Negron -

Vice President - Robert Schuetrumpf -

Treasurer - Robert Gress

Recording Secretary - James Fragassi -

Corresponding Secretary and Calendar Editor -Vernon Kelley -

Sergeant At Arms - Jerry Bey -

Board Of Directors

Education Director - Dave Sharpe -

ILADVC Webmaster - Victor Lewis - or

National ILA Webmaster - Fred Neske -


Carlton M. Prescott - Contact Carl - 403 Garden Street, Mt. Holly, New Jersey 08060,
email or,Voice Mail/FAX # 609-267-3021, Phone # 609-267-5326

Calendar Editor

Vernon Kelley - email
106 Lawrenceville Penning Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-1649


Due to time constraints, I must insist on all articles be on my desk by the second Friday of the month to be included in that month's issue. Anyone wishing to submit something for publication, (and all are welcome), may do so either by snail mail, E-mail, video tape, audio tape, in person or any way you can think of. Just be sure, if there is a time frame constraint, to have it to me in time for the issue you want it in. Remember, the second Friday of the month. If not here it doesn't go in. 


Well, here we are again. I canít believe the summer has gone so fast. I hope all have had a restful and safe summer and ready to tackle another year. I for one am looking forward to another fruitful and educating year. We, the officers of your association are presently cooking up a fantastic season of great activities. I hope all who can get the time off to go will join the gathering of other members from all over the country at the annual symposium at ILCO UNICAN in Winston Salem, North Carolina.


June 26, 2000

The meeting was called to order by Tom Negron at 7:05 PM.

Tom acknowledged and thanked Lew Schuckman and Mul-t-Lock for sponsoring the National WEB site.

Other announcements were made ( See "What's News " )

Tom Introduced Charles Grossman of ILASCO who introduced Steve Seif of Securitytech who presented their line of high security and vandal proof hardware.

They also gave us a cylinder protector to use as the main door prize. Other prizes were given and the meeting adjourned at 8:10PM.


Our Chapter shirts with the chapter and name embroidered on it are on sale and orders are being taken.

Due to the hard work of Victor Lewis the Chapterís own WEB page is up and running. Our web page can be found at

A reminder that at the National symposium in October, the national elections will be held.

Likewise, our chapter elections will be held at the September meeting.

The completion of the door hanging class will hopefully be near the end of July.

An Advisory Committee is in the works chaired by Bob Gress. More on this in the next issue.

GPLA picnic in August at Clementon Park for all who wish to attend.

Possibily a fishing trip in September or October, if we can find enough interest.


GPLA classes and conference are September 20 - 25 this year, with lots of good classes and a chance to visit with the manufactures and distributors representatives.

Our November meeting will be a dinner meeting at a place yet to be disclosed. So be sure to mark the 27, of November on your calendar.


Hope all of you had a very nice summer. As for the Conference Committee and me, it has been a very good one, with lots of hard work. We are just about at the date of the Conference, and I hope most of you will be attending. Itís a very important year since our National elections are being held this year at the conference. I for one am running for vice president; Fred Neske, the second vice president seat; James Fragassi, recording secretary; and Sammy Siconolfi, corresponding secretary. We want to do with the National what we have done with our Chapter and make it grow into a great organization. Also, we will be holding our Chapterís elections at this monthís meeting, so if any of you want to run for a position, feel free. You wonít regret it! I personally find it to be lots of fun even though itís a lot of work, but it is worth it.

The door class is in the process of being scheduled. As soon as we have a definite date, we will send out a notice. Consider attending even if you missed the first part. The cost is only $25.00 and you can pay the day of class. For those who attended the first part, you are already paid.

Last month, we had yet another class given by Von Duprin on electronics. It was a two-day class with plenty of hands on. I am sure that all who attended this class came away from it with a better understanding of the electronics that Von Duprin sells as well as the confidence in approaching any other companyís powered hardware. This is what we are working for: to bring you more classes so you can do your jobs better and feel more confident in whatever you do.

Well, thatís enough for now. As you can see, I am very excited about this upcoming year. See you at our meeting.

Did You Know?

Choosing electric hardware for a specific application.

First of all you must ascertain how secure the door or doors in question need to be. This involves reviewing what is in the room or rooms that are involved. What or how secure your employer wants to make it and how much they want to spend.

Naturally, the answer to most of those questions will be, they want the room or rooms as secure as Fort Knox, but done at no to little cost as possible.

It will be your responsibly to evaluate the situation and determine the best route to go.

To help you make the best solution here are some suggestions. The electric strike is probably the least expensive, (but not by much), route to travel. However, you may not be able to install it in the doorframe due to the type of wall construction or the door assembly is fire rated and you are unable to alter that assembly.

Then there is the magnetic lock. These for the most part are surface mounted. They could be put on fire rated assemblies, provided they are attached to the fire alarm system. If there is no fire alarm system available then a smoke detector or some other type of fire signaling devise must be installed to deactivate the magnet in the event of a fire.

The final alternative is electric locks. These, for the most part, are the most expensive. However, in my opinion, the best choice in most situations.

All three groups of hardware have their advantages and disadvantages.

For the disadvantages the electric strike is probably the worst in my opinion. The major factor for my statement is especially geared to hollow metal frames, (filled or otherwise). They require a substantial amount of the frame to be cut away and a sizeable hole behind the cutout to accommodate the strike. This weakens the frame and wall assembly at the most vulnerable spot on the door assembly. Right where you need the most strength. At the latching point where all the force is applied. Besides, if in the future the room or rooms change use and the strike is no longer needed and is removed there is a gaping hole to somehow fill. Not only in the wall but in the frame as well and still leaving the frame and wall weakened where you need the most strength.

In wood construction is even worse. When you cut the hole for accommodating the strike behind the face trim you remove all the material and in some cases depending on the style strike you purchase the back of the strike box extends beyond the wood trim. Although this can be easily remedied in wood construction with replacement trim and strike stile, it does require considerable work.

Then there is the magnetic lock. They are for the most part surface mounted. There are however, a few that are mortised into the doors and frames but for the most part mount on the surface. This takes up either headroom or stile space narrowing the clear route of travel through the door opening. You must take note of the smaller clearance at the top or side and determine what is going through that door and whether or not it has enough clearance with the magnet in place. If you have a 7foot door or better and the tallest thing is people traffic then you are safe. If you are pushing tall objects through that door then maybe not so safe.

The other disadvantage to magnetic locks is where they are in relationship to the pressures on the door. Typically they are mounted on the top of the door. The main forces on the door are closer to the middle and bottom of the door. This causes the door to rack and twist, shortening the life of the door.

Then there is the electric lock. The electric lock is probably the best with the least disadvantages, although the most expensive. In the long run however, maybe the cheapest. The reason I say that is there is no other special door or frame treatment other than drilling a conduit hole through the door, (if wood), or fishing the wire through the door if metal or aluminum even if it is a store front style door. That way if you decide to change the use and remove the electric there is no holes to fill or patch in either the frame or door.

The only other special treatment is how you transfer the power from the frame to the door. This is accomplished through one of three ways. Through the hinge, through a wire transfer in the hinge stile or through a wire loop on the faces of the door and frame at the hinge side of the door. I have just seen an add for a fourth way which is through the strike and latch. I forget who made it right now but I thought that was an ingenious way of power transfer. It would also allow you to electrify an existing fire door without sending the door out to be drilled or buying a new rated door or frame with the power capabilities in it.

The only disadvantage to the power transfer through the latch and strike is as soon as the door is opened all power is lost to the lock. But if this is not a problem for you in the application you are going to use it in then it is not a disadvantage. I have a couple of doors with power transfers through buttons in the continuous hinge with electrified mortised panic devices and I find it a problem testing the devices during a trouble shooting process. Besides, the locks keep locking and unlocking each time the door is opened. This makes the electro-mechanical devices work even when the lock is being held in the unlocked position and with any mechanical object it will wear out.

Next month I will discuss the advantages of each.


WE WILL MEET: September 25, 2000 AT:
The Greater Kensington String Band Club
7247 Edmund Street
(Just off Cottman Ave)
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215-624-9404

Free Food and Beverages!
Short Meeting and Presentation at: 7:00PM
assist you in learning something new for your profession.

DIRECTIONS: Take I95 to the Cottman Ave. exit. Go west to the 2nd. Traffic light, which is Edmund Street, Turn Right and park, near the ball field. The String band Club is across Cottman Ave to the left. (Thereís a sign in the lot next to the bldg. We are on the second floor.

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