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May 23 2013

More Reader Photos

I know it’s not Wordless Wednesday, but this photo from Alec Walsh of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies definitely left me wordless!

Plunger Hold-Open

This photo of a retail store’s emergency exit was sent by a code official asking what I though of the set-up.  It looks to me like an alarmed device and a delayed egress mag-lock.  There’s no reason that you can’t have an alarm and also a delayed egress mag-lock, but it sure looks ugly.  The signage is a bit conflicting, and directing people to “please use other door” could be confusing.

Delay and Alarm

Mark Sienkiewicz of Florence Lock and Key found this creative fix when he was replacing an exit device.  It looks like some of my husband’s handiwork.  😀

Rigged Up Panic

These photos came from Secured Design LLC – somebody knows that I love beautiful doors!  This door is on a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky…I think it’s a long way from its original home.

Indian Door

Indian Door Transom

This photo came all the way from Korea, and was sent by Hyun Myung Kang.  This door is 13′ tall and has no intermediate pivots.  If you zoom in on the top-right pivot, you can see that it is failing.  I wouldn’t want to be in the way when this comes tumbling down.

13 Foot Door

More reader photos to come!  I’m doing some spring cleaning!

10 Responses to “More Reader Photos”

  1. Chuck says:

    I absolutely love the “Plumber’s Helper” hold-open device!

  2. Kathi says:

    Two things…does your husband read your blog?! (My husband doesn’t read my blog.) I guess the little smiley face means you are just kidding around! Also, is it the rounded, archway bricks that make you think the beautiful door came a long way from original home?! Funny.

    • Lori says:

      If my husband read my blog he would admit that he’s the king of rigging things up with random parts that he has on-hand. The smiley face means that he has other redeeming qualities. I think the other door is from India – judging by the carvings on the transom. I wonder how it got to Kentucky?

  3. Safecrackin Sammy says:

    The inactive door in the second pic appears to be held closed with an Alarm Lock 44 double door holder. This would make it free swinging as soon as the active opens. All mechanical function

    The Arm a Dor exit device is somewhat overkill on a double door application since it cant lock behind the frame on both sides.

  4. Safecrackin Sammy says:

    Its on thier site. Not very popular nowdays.. Note how the astragal is cut and the 44 overlaps onto the active door to activate. A maglock wouldnt do that.

  5. Jess says:


    as for the plunger, this can be both a door stop and a hold-open, as if you push hard enough, it will have suction to hold door from closing, nobody says plungers are JUST for fixing clogged drains in toilets and sinks, they hold/stop doors too!

    the arm-a-dor, i have seen these in a supermarket, all soo far have been properly installed (single door and with proper signage) just how could an arm-a-dor keep it secure on a double door setup unless the right side (inactive leaf) is to be always kept locked at all times.

    as for the handiwork found under the panic device, many people will try to rig something up to keep the lock cylinder from flopping around as the door opens and shuts and what they will do is cut corners and hide their shameful work under the hardware so nobody will notice.

    as for the tall 13 foot doors, for that height and weight, wouldn’t there be normally at least 2 intermediate pivots (at the most) can’t imagine how much wear is already on the closers, with an offset pivot install, the weight is on the intermediate pivots and SOME weight on the closer, not ALL the weight like you will see in a central hung install.

    the brand of these, um, it’s not an IR product, it is either D***a or G**E, G**E is not found in the united states, but yes, someone PLEASE fix that top pivot before it causes any more damage or injury/death due to a falling door!!

    -Jess the door closer doctor

  6. Jim says:

    No one caught the problem with the Arm-a-door. The sign is not right for Delayed Egress.

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