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Mar 23 2018

FF: Repurposed

Category: Egress,Fixed-it FridayLori @ 12:22 am Comments (2)

I saw this photo posted on the Fire and Life Safety Inspectors Facebook page, and I immediately asked Roy Thomas for permission to share it with y’all.  Is it just me, or does it seem like antique stores often have creative ways of deterring egress?  In this case, Roy said that this was done to prevent theft.  It looks like the door might even have panic hardware.

In case you’re new here…this is not code-compliant:

Mar 22 2018

WWYD? Handing for Communicating Doors

Category: Doors & Frames,WWYD?Lori @ 12:35 pm Comments (15)

A long, long time ago (20+ years!) I was a detailer for a door and hardware distributor.  My job as a detailer was to do cost estimates for projects, prepare shop drawings, and eventually place the orders for the doors, frames, and hardware, along with any “specialties” on the project – toilet partitions, toilet accessories, projection screens, lockers, fire extinguisher cabinets, etc.  There were so many things to coordinate, and a thousand ways to screw something up in the process.

I’m sure I knew the answer to today’s question back when I was a detailer, but I haven’t been able to dig it out of whichever brain cell it’s stored in.  So here’s the question – for all of the current detailers or people who have better recall than I do…

How do you “hand” a communicating door?  Are the doors LH/RH?  Or LHR/RHR? 

If you’re not familiar with communicating doors, they are the doors that you often see between two adjoining hotel rooms.  There’s more information about communicating doors here, and a video about door handing here.



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Mar 21 2018

WW: Is this panic hardware?? (no)

This news report (embedded below) showed up in my inbox this morning. When I visited the manufacturer’s website, I found a document addressing code compliance which states: “HAVEN is continuously undergoing standards compliance testing and currently meets or exceeds the scope of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Code 305: Panic Hardware.”  This type of lock is not panic hardware.

The company that manufacturers this product is located in Tennessee.  Here is the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s position on school security.

WSMV News 4

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