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Jun 27 2011

Reader Photos

Here’s the latest batch of reader photos…don’t forget to send me any interesting doors you see on your summer vacations!

From Mary Hinton of Mulhaupt’s Inc., a McDonald’s bathroom door that would provide a convenient peephole for the kiddies.  Amazingly, this is not the first time we’ve seen this creative resolution to the problem.

This photo sent in by Debbie Purcell of Engineered Openings, was originally posted on  There are some other doors there too, but fair warning…you might see a bad word or two.

From my favorite life safety consultant, a hospital stairwell door which is not fire rated (and should be), with panic hardware (not fire exit hardware) that’s half-dogged.

From Hal Kelton of DoorData Solutions, a beautiful arched entrance with an invisible auto operator, coat hooks mounted on a fire-rated door with plenty of wall space where the hooks could have been mounted, and a door that’s missing its latchbolt.

Morriss Johnson sent in this photo of the kids’ door at Kid To Kid, a national franchise for children’s and maternity resale.  The kids’ door has one spring hinge for those of you who were wondering if it has a closer (I know you’re out there!).

And finally, a few from Michael Rebbec of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, who was kind enough to provide a narrative to go along with the photos.  Congratulations on your wedding, Michael!!!  I hope your wife promises “to love, honor, and let you look at doors without getting annoyed.”  🙂

“This school district has an old school that has been converted to the maintenance facility. They got creative and rather than just putting a chain around the 88 devices, they welded a slip-on lock. This device slips over the cross bars and in theory prevents the doors from opening. However, it must not have worked as engineered, as they then used zip ties to keep it from falling off the crossbars. Granted that with fewer than 10 occupants and the building used pretty well for storage, an AHJ may not mind that they did this to all but one pair of doors in the main entry bank. Also, I thought it was kind of interesting as they are Rim x Vertical Rod (Surface) and there is no strike for the Rim device – it just latches on the overlapping astragal (there are also no carry bars).”

“This pub in Ontario, Oregon is a medium sized pub / restaurant.  It originally had thumb-piece pulls on both sides as well as a deadbolt (or two).  They have since replaced the hardware to have an exit device – which was mounted to center on the rail at about 52”-56”.  I don’t have a picture of the outside pull and cylinder, but it was similar to an F-Lock with the Camelot Pull Handle and Deadbolt – only the cylinder was the rim cylinder for the NL on the exit device (the pull would have been centered at about 48” probably).  On top of these code violations, they couldn’t quite figure out how to mount the closer or dog the panic properly, so they bent the arm (as seen in the photos) downward and they use a screw as shown in the dogging photo to keep the pad retracted.”

Thanks everyone for continuing to send in photos.  I’m headed out on a road trip this week so I hope to have some interesting photos to post.  Happy summer!

3 Responses to “Reader Photos”

  1. Michael Rebbec says:

    haha, Thank you for the well wishes, I will definitely make Alyssa add the “Look at Doors without getting annoyed” to the vows 🙂 I’ll have to update you on what she says to that.

  2. Michael Rebbec says:

    P.S. have a great road trip!

  3. Jess says:

    Hello Lori,

    as for the MthruF post, I have made comments on (this door is alarmed) that site, it can be funny and unusual with what is seen there.

    as for the gate with invisible opener, from looking at that, the opener in question may be the dor-o-matic invisible doorman (no longer made) this one mounted in an independent swing application using a roller under the bottom of the gate (not seen because its most likely in a channel on bottom edge) the device itself is hidden under the threshold instead of using the steel coverplates that usually come with a floorcloser.

    as for the tiny pink door at the store, before I ask if it’s got a closer, I do check for sprig hinges, even though sprig hinges don’t have as much control as a full featured hydraulic closer, its safer for this little kiddy door to have the hinge rather then the hydraulic device, as kids grow, they may be able to reach it at age 9 or 10 and risk getting hurt if they put their hand near the arms while in motion.

    and yes it would have been me if I didn’t notice the spring hinge be asking you if this little kiddy door had a closer 😀

    about pub door with bent arm and nail for a dogging device, any arm bent or not mounted properly (screw not tightened for instance) could cause premature wear and/or leaks at the pinion shaft of the (non-IR aluminum alloy body product)closer.

    2 ways I would fix this one, use a drop plate to lower closer body towards were the arm would mount to door, or mount it as a parallel arm (which I think would be better for this application)

    have a happy road trip, cant wait for more photos of doors you find,

    -Jess the door(closer)doctor

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