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Aug 30 2011

Back to School!

Category: Door ClosersLori @ 12:04 am Comments (10)

Call me crazy, but this is one of my favorite days of the year – the first day of school.  The summer is just too chaotic for me, with kids going every which way to various camps and activities – I need more structure in my life!  So needless to say, I’m a happy camper today.  I’m even happier because it was announced yesterday that this blog, my 4th baby, won the Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies President’s Award in the Leadership category.  WOOHOO!  Thanks to all of you for visiting regularly and interacting with me.  That’s what blogging and social media are all about!

To go along with the back-to-school theme, I thought it would be a good time to post this video showing the real-life abuse that closers experience in a high school setting.  I think the animations are really helpful in illustrating what goes on inside the closer.

And to add to the celebration, I will send an LCN Real Deal hat to the first 5 people who correctly answer this question by leaving a comment: What is Lewis C. Norton’s middle name?
UPDATE: We have our 5 winners! Check the comments!

10 Responses to “Back to School!”

  1. Lisa A says:

    Lewis C Norton’s middle name is Carey

  2. Krista Christensen says:

    Lewis Norton’s middle name is Carey!

  3. Joe says:

    Is Lewis C Norton’s middle name Carey?

    Also, was his first name really spelt Louis?

    • Joseph Vaida says:

      Yes, his first name was in fact spelled “Lewis”. And I know what you’re probably thinking… he basically had 3 last names!

  4. Ryan Krakowsky says:

    Lewis Carey Norton

    Ryan Krakowsky
    Boston Lock & Safe Co.

  5. Michael says:

    Congratulations on President’s Award !
    Pretty cool (at least in the Door World)

    I agree and look forward to the structure of school with earlier bedtimes.

    Lewis Carey Norton

  6. Jim White, AHC/CDC says:

    Hi Lori,
    I just got my power back, so I could not respond quickly yesterday.
    I know I’m not in the first five, but I think his middle name was Carey 🙂
    Congratulations on the IR award !!
    I’m happy to see that your hard work is appreciated.
    Hey, maybe you’ll get a raise, NO, probably just a phone book to stand on.

  7. Jess says:

    schools+LCN closers=perfect mactch,

    to any readers of the local school board i attended, NOW do you see why i always moaned about those D**** closers and the other (NON-IR) brands of closer being used????? i notice that even though an LCN will last well beyond the warentee period (why not extend it to 20 years??) some still go on for 30+ years still closing their doors as if they were just installed the day before.

    kids: please, keep your tarzan routine at home or the jungle gym or in gym class, that CUSH EDA arm is NOT a chin-up bar, its a DOOR CLOSER, its not designed to take downward pressure from the pull-ups to impress the girls,

    so maintenance men, don’t forget to supply the building with pencils, paper, tissues, paper towels and don’t forget to install those LCN CLOSERS! and please…….for the life of every door person out there, please, CHECK THOSE HINGE MOUNTING SCREWS! (bank mentioned in cracker barrrel shocker learned their lesson about checking screws, i was finding them on the floor in the doorway, me being short i cannot reach the closer to put the screw back in, so i would hand the fallen screws to a teller or the manager telling him or her what the screw is for, and found it on the floor and to put the screw back in, well, they didn’t listen and ended up having a different brand installed in place of the closers during a small renovation.

    (and i still dont understand how them alumiunum alloy body closers STILL are working well today and dont leak, they are at least 3 years old.

    ( i did once see a door that appeared that it was going to fall out of the frame, it was only supported by the closer’s arm and the bottom hinge that only had one screw in it, the door was sagging and dragging on the ground when half way closed, just because that arm looks strong, it’s not for supporting any downward pressure,

    i think they should make it a law for all K-12/technical schools to spec CAST IRON when it comes to door closers in the door schedule of the architectural drawings or any renovation project.

    and people wonder why they say Last Closer Needed???

    -Jess the door closer doctor

  8. Galina says:

    Hi Lori,
    I really enjoy your web page. It is a big-big help. Thank you very much.
    I have a question. Is LCN 4040XP SCUSH strong enough to be used at exterior doors or it would be better to use REG TJ mounted closer in combination with overhead stop?

    • Lori says:

      I’m so glad the site has been helpful!

      I have specified both of these applications many times. If the top rail of the door is large enough to accommodate the parallel arm closer, I typically specify the S-Cush. If the top rail is too narrow, I use the top jamb / overhead stop combo because I don’t like to see the drop plate through the door. If the door is subject to a lot of abuse, it’s possible that the closer arm can eventually bend when you use a Cush or S-Cush closer, but for abusive / vandalism-prone areas the perpendicular arm on the top jamb closer can also be vulnerable. Adjusting the backcheck can help on the parallel arm closer, or in REALLY bad situations you can also use AVB – advanced variable backcheck, which begins the backcheck earlier in the opening cycle. I don’t use this unless there’s a real problem, like a housing project I worked on where someone would hide behind the outswinging door and then open it abruptly to knock down the person walking by…the AVB took care of that. 🙂

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