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Dec 08 2016

FDAI in the News

Category: FDAI,Fire Doors,Health Care,NewsLori @ 12:39 am Comments (0)

newsI have several Google News alerts set, so every day I receive a few emails with lists of articles that might be interesting to the readers of iDigHardware.  There was one on today’s list about fire door inspection – not a topic you see a lot of news reports on!

You can read the article from the Cleveland Daily Banner here, but I want to share a few of the highlights.  A health care facility in Cleveland, Tennessee was recently visited by a state surveyor, who mentioned that NFPA 101-2012 requires all of the doors in the facility to be inspected (or at least, that’s what the facility personnel heard).  At an estimated cost of $18,000 to have all of their doors inspected by a 3rd party, this came as an unwelcome surprise.

The article goes on to say that a fire door inspector from Wm. S Trimble Co, came to the facility and educated their staff about their fire doors.  There were 16 fire doors to be inspected – much more palatable than ALL of the doors, and after being educated by the fire door inspector, the facility staff will be able to take better care of their fire door assemblies, and maybe even self-inspect.

Some of you may not be fans of facilities doing their own inspections, but given the multitude of fire doors out there, I have always felt that it’s best to educate each facility’s staff about their fire doors and help them out when they have questions or some particularly tough openings.  You know what they say about teaching a man (or woman!) to fish, right?  This won’t work for every facility, and not every FDAI will agree with me, but I am already seeing many facilities doing their own inspections.

The article also sheds some light on a question that I have often been asked – how much does a fire door inspection cost?  For this facility, the cost quoted in the article was $65/opening.  Of course, this cost can vary, but if any of you have insight into the range of costs for a fire door inspection, it would be very helpful if you’d leave a comment on this post and share that information with the rest of the iDH community.

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Dec 07 2016

WW: Instructional Signage

If you’re looking for some AIA continuing education, we’re offering a webinar TOMORROW, at 2 different times:

Door Hardware Specifications, December 8, 2016 @ 9:00 am Eastern. 

Door Hardware Specifications, December 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm Eastern.  

We also have an online course available which offers AIA CEUs.


This Wordless Wednesday photo came from Dustin Elam of the Santa Ana Unified School District.  Dustin’s not responsible for the instructional signage.  😀



Dec 06 2016

Decoded: Flush Bolts and Coordinators (January 2017)

Category: DHI,Flush Bolts and CoordinatorsLori @ 2:52 pm Comments (4)

I have combined and updated some of my previous information about this topic into the next Decoded article. Feel free to comment if I missed anything!

This post will be published in the January 2017 issue of Doors & Hardware



Flush bolts are used to secure the inactive leaf of a pair of doors, projecting into the frame head and into a floor strike. In this application, the active leaf would typically have a lockset which latches into a strike mounted on the edge of the inactive leaf. Manual flush bolts and surface bolts are projected and retracted manually, and automatic flush bolts are projected when the active leaf closes and depresses a trigger on the edge of the door. When the active leaf is opened, the automatic flush bolt retracts.

Constant-latching flush bolts are a type of automatic flush bolt – the bottom bolt is a regular automatic flush bolt, but the top bolt latches when the inactive leaf closes, and stays latched until it is retracted manually. Automatic and constant-latching flush bolts are also available with a top bolt only, and an auxiliary fire pin which mounts near the bottom of the door edge and projects when a high temperature is reached during a fire.

There are several different code requirements that affect the use of flush bolts and coordinators – code requirements related to egress, fire protection, and accessibility. It’s important to consider all of the requirements that might apply to a particular pair of doors in order to determine which type of flush bolts may be used – manual, automatic, or constant-latching. If a pair of doors is required to have panic hardware, flush bolts may not be allowed Read More

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