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Jun 19 2011

Ogunquit, Maine

Category: Beautiful Doors,EgressLori @ 8:33 am Comments (5)

We headed to Ogunquit, Maine for Father’s Day…Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

There are plenty of picturesque doors in Ogunquit, with narrow pairs being a very common sight.

After a brief thunderstorm we saw two rainbows!  Here’s one of them.

Another example of obstructed egress in a restaurant…

While I was trying to take a picture of the deadbolt along with the panic device, my oldest daughter stuck her head into the shot.  She was so excited that the cylinder said Lori on it.  It has become a game for the kids to figure out why I’m taking a photo of a door…she noticed that this door didn’t have a closer which I thought was pretty observant.  The deadbolt wasn’t locked, by the way.

A couple more narrow pairs (and Kidzilla accidentally shoplifting)…

This sign is on the door next to Kidzilla…the doors are obviously left in the closed (but unlocked) position in inclement weather.  They should be changed so that one leaf is of a code-compliant width.

This door is missing something…the signage that says “This door to remain unlocked when building is occupied.

This is how US10B finish is eventually supposed to look.  Unfortunately everyone seems to hate the in-between stage.

There’s probably a rule against mounting a handrail on a wobbly door…

The beach at dusk:

These push bars are mounted at unusual heights, but they’re actually at the perfect locations to protect against carts and give a natural place for people to push.  The door’s still getting trashed though.

I can’t believe I actually woke up before sunrise.

5 Responses to “Ogunquit, Maine”

  1. Jess says:

    Hello Lori,

    great photos of ME (maine)

    few photos caught my (hardware) eye)

    the push (HARD) sign, if this is a mom-n’-pop type shop, have you suggested they use a closer with an adjustable spring/BC adjustment?? or offered to adjust it if they have one of them full feature closers?

    (hey, maybe this place will be next one to email either you or me about their closer being SUPER strong?) if I seen this door, i would have asked if I could perform the adjustment, or least left a post-it note saying “adjust spring tension on door arm at top?” (some people are clueless if you say “closer”)

    photo with smartygirl’s head: kid, if your kids know about me or have mentioned me to your kids, maybe im rubbing off onto them, i notice that anyone I tell about door closers or help with them, they usually show me pictures of ones they see in their area or any unique ones they see during their travels.

    as the saying goes with there’s always something out there that’s got your name on it, well looks like that saying caught up with you, how often is it that you find your name on a LOCK CYLINDER??? I mean your a hardware consultant, and here you find your name on a lock. I think it’s cool.

    ……I wonder if there’s any closers out there with MY name on them, or at least my (really really short) last name on them?

    the handle with US10B finish n it, looks like whats on my front door, accept the deadbolt cylinder trim is separate from the handle’s trim, if I ever upgrade the front door, I’m NEVER gonna give it up for a knob, i find it a bit more convenient to use a thumb latch or a lever.

    now if i went all the way with upgrading the front door (if and when i do) i do wonder of any of them exit bar makers make a mini version of whats on exit doors, that little tab type latch handle on the screen door just snapped, and figuring, why not have a wider or larger push area, instead of this little tab that’s no bigger then an man’s thumbnail.

    if I was to go at it with a hydraulic closer, I wonder if LCN will market that 1260 for residential use or sell them to hardware stores, who knows how well that will go if they market LCN for home use as well as commercial use, reason I say, because they are light duty for commercial, I’m sure they would last alot longer then those generic skinny tube pneumatic/hydraulic (and DISPOSABLE)closers that are sold in many big box stores and mom-n-pop places that only last maybe 5 years, LCN I know they last almost forever and still close well long after their warrentee period ends.

    (although i have not checked on that LCN 4114 with H-CUSH arms from 1974 that I used to fix at the technical school during high school years, but I’m pretty sure it’s still there, I wish I could go back to check on that one, or least wait ’til someone uploads a video or photo from the shop it’s located in, but schools these days because of security reasons are like Ft Knox or McGuire AFB to get into or be near these days, especially if I’m not a current student or a parent of a student attending. I’m pretty sure I would either get told “NO” or lots of strange looks if I called or visited to check on a closer or 2 that I used to work on.

    if not done already, if you communicate with LCN reps, could you suggest they market a closer for residential/domestic use?? I mean, in a normal home use setting, an LCN 4040 or 4010 is overkill, especially if mounted to a screen/storm door.

    kidzilla: hope she’s been behaving, possible her accident was a result of too much excitement and forgot to pay for the item.

    sorry about rambling about LCN (market the light duty for residential/domestic use)and the old 4114….. shows how much I miss that weird one that had a “mind of it’s own” (hiss noise before fire drill, and would be silent after)

    -Jess the door(closer)doctor

  2. Brad Keyes says:


    Great photos and I’m glad you got to enjoy Maine on Father’s day. Much different terrain than the flat cornfields of Northern Illinois.

    You mentioned the exit door did not have a door closure. Is it required on the exit door? The Life Safety Code does not require the exit door to be fire rated in Type I and Type II construction, therefore, a closure would not be required. Did the construction type for this facility require fire rated barriers at the exit? Does the IBC require that?

    Just wondering.

    • Lori says:

      Hi Brad –

      In some cases, door closers are required on exterior doors per the energy code, but I don’t think it’s a requirement in Maine. It would be typical to have one on an exterior door with a panic device though.

  3. Rachel Smith says:

    Since my husband is from Maine, and I spent 6 years up there in college and so forth I love all the pictures of the scenery, but most especially for some reason the one with the colored steps and the yellow chair holding open the door. Your pictures are really good – and could be sale-able to tourists!

    • Lori says:

      Thanks! I like the colored steps photo too, but the cardboard boxes are bothering me! If this door hardware stuff doesn’t work out maybe I still have time to become a photographer. For some reason I really love the one that’s just the dark water, the orange sky, and the slice of sunrise. My choice could probably yield some good psychoanalysis…I’m searching desperately for order. 🙂

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