SDI Technical Documents
The following is a list of the current Technical Documents available from the Steel Door Institute. All of these documents may be downloaded free of charge.
All of our standards are available in a single PDF document called the Fact File and can be downloaded for free.
Recommended Selection and Usage Guide for Standard Steel Doors
This document was developed to establish guide criteria for the selection and usage of 1-3/4" and 1-3/8" standard steel doors in such building types as apartment, dormitory, hotel/motel, hospital/nursing home, industrial, office and school.
Standard Steel Doors and Frames for Modular Masonry Construction.
This document contains information in respect to, as the title indicates, the installation of standard steel doors and frames in modular masonry construction. The basic module covered in the document as developed by the industry is 4".
Recommended Details for Standard Steel Doors, Frames, Accessories and Related Components
111-A Recommended Standard Steel Door Details
Covers recommended steel door frame details as they are affected by common wall conditions.
111-B Recommended Standard Details for Dutch Doors
Standard dimensions for dutch doors.
111-C Recommended Louver Details for Standard Steel Doors
This document discusses, explains and details a variety of louver designs and size available for standard steel doors.
111-D Recommended Door, Frame and Hardware Schedule for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Contains a suggested door, frame and hardware schedule form and defines "handing".
111-E Recommended Guidelines for the Use of Gasketing and Thresholds for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Contains details which represent the recommendations of the SDI in respect to weather-stripping of standard steel doors and frames.
111-F Recommended Existing Wall Anchors for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
A guide for architects to aid them in recognizing available options to the traditional sub buck detail which has been widely used in the past. It illustrates anchoring systems which are available in regular and labeled frames.
111-G Recommended Standard Preparation for Double Type (Interconnected) Locks on Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Dimensions for standard door and frame preparation for double type (interconnected) locks.
111-H High Frequency Hinge Preparations for Frames
Specifications for steel frames used in extremely high frequency or high use areas which need to be supplied with additional reinforcing to eliminate potential door sag.
Zinc-Coated (Galvanized/Galvannealed) Steel Doors and Frames
This document provides information regarding the galvanized sheet used in standard steel door and frame construction when a requirement for galvanized doors and frames is specified.
Standard Practice for Determining the Steady-State Thermal Transmittance of Steel Door and Frame Assemblies
This document establishes a minimum standard and a method of test for thermal effectiveness of steel door and frame assemblies under circumstances that might reasonably be considered normal field applications and conditions.
Manufacturing Tolerances for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
This document is intended to furnish users and prospective users of standard steel doors and frames with practical information regarding mortise and manufacturing tolerances for both doors and frames.
Basic Fire Door, Fire Door Frame, Transom/Sidelight Frame, and Window Frame Requirements
This document contains rules and other information in a condensed simplified manner in respect to code requirements for the design and use of fire doors.
Installation and Troubleshooting Guide for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
This document covers field installation problems most commonly experienced with standard steel door and frame installations. Most problems encountered are because of inappropriate application of the products and/or improper installation.
Maintenance of Standard Steel Doors and Frames
This document is intended to serve as a general outline of maintenance activities needed for hollow metal doors and frames. It should be noted that the door and frame are virtually maintenance free. Maintenance will be, for the most part, associated with accessories and hardware attached to the door and frame.
Series - Industry Alerts (A through L)
127-A End Closure
127-B Door Edge Cutouts
127-C Frame Cutout Limits
127-D Electric Strikes in Stud Walls
127-E Prime Painted Materials Alert
127-F Butted Frames Rough Opening Sizes
127-G Environmental Considerations Relating to Factory Painted Steel Doors and Frames
127-H Water Penetration
127-I Grouting Frames in Drywall
127-J Bituminous Back-Coating of Frames
127-K Improper Wedges as Hold-Opens
127-L Buyer Beware: Steel Doors with Lead-Based Primer
Guidelines for Acoustical Performance of Standard Steel Doors and Frames
This document shall provide guidelines for the specifying, designing, installing, and adjusting of standard steel doors and frames in Sound Control applications.
Hinge and Strike Spacing
A reference of standard locations used in the manufacture of steel door and frames by SDI member companies for a variety of door sizes.
Electronic Hinge Preparations
Practical information regarding an acceptable method for preparing frames for 4-1/2" electric hinges. This document will allow frame manufacturers to provide frames prior to having knowledge of the specific electric hinge being used.
Accelerated Physical Endurance Test Procedure for Steel Doors
This test procedure provides manufacturers with a method of quickly testing the performance of doors.
Drywall Slip-On Frames
This document illustrates step by step how to install drywall frames in less than 10 minutes. It also lists the many advantages of drywall slip-on frames.
Recommended Specifications for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
This specification for swinging steel doors and frames offers a number of choices in both regular and fire rated door and frame constructions. The user must select from the specification the specific grades of doors and frames that best apply to the project.This specification covers sizes, types, materials, general construction requirements and finishing of 1-3/4 in extra heavy duty steel doors, 1-3/4 in heavy duty steel doors, 1-3/4 in and 1-3/8 in standard duty steel doors, together with frames and accessories. They are intended to be standard items not subject to variations.Redesignated as A250.8-2003 (R2008)
Hardware for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Recommended Standard Door Type Nomenclature