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Oct 08 2013

Reader Photos

It’s time to clean out my inbox again!  Here are some of the reader photos I’ve received.  Thanks to all who sent them!

Denise Gorski of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies spotted these fire and egress door problems at a hotel.  I’m sure they have been repaired “without delay” as required by NFPA 80, right?

Blocked Exit  Fire Door Damage

Check out the hinge fasteners and how well they’re performing:

Wrong Fasteners  Hinge Edge

From Darren Patton of Isenhour Door (who I met in person a couple of weeks ago!), a creative closer modification and an unusual place for a rain drip:

Bent Arm a

Rain Drip

Erich Schroeder of J&B Acoustical saw this creative kick plate modification in Atlantic City:

Kick Plate Modification

From Kyle Learch of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, an old closer that I’ve never seen before:

Yale 506

Yale 506 Bracket

I’ve never seen this old panic hardware either, sent in by Michael Sink of Daly City Locksmith & Security Service.  Maybe I need to get out more.  In my defense, the building was built in 1929, so these were a little before my time.  🙂  Think it’s original?

Old Panic

Old Panic

Old Panic

Logan Piburn sent me a link to this video…clever use of a supermarket entry door.  I think I need this on my office for some positive reinforcement:

And last but not least, Curtis Meskus sent me these photos of a door on the Liberty Bell Center.  It looks pretty standard from one side, but it’s VERY thick.  Anybody know why?

Liberty Bell Center Door

Liberty Bell Center Door 1

If you have a collection of door photos (doesn’t everybody?!) and you’ve been holding out on me, send them along so I don’t run out!

17 Responses to “Reader Photos”

  1. Cda says:

    Bullet or blast resistive??

    Hay on the video, I have not seen the swinging gates inside the store. I guess does not affect the exiting????

  2. Clair E Gunnet Jr AHC says:

    I think I have seen advertising for the Michael Sink panic bar at some time in the last 35 years. I cannot remember the manufacturer.

    • Lori says:

      I guess they’re not original to the building, but I don’t recall ever seeing them so maybe they weren’t big on the East Coast. I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

  3. Ed Bjork, AHC says:

    The panic device from Michael Sink is a Reed 3050.

  4. Cda says:

    On the video, when the first girl walks into the store, just after she makes a right turn, look past her into the store and you will see two automatic gates open,

    Have seen them at amusement park rides, but not automatic opening

    • Lori says:

      Oh – I see them now! You’re an eagle-eye! I doubt they interfere with egress but I can’t say for sure…maybe I can get approval for a quick trip to England to check. 🙂

  5. Clair E Gunnet Jr AHC says:

    I recalled there was a Reed exit device and someone out there might be able to identify it. Thank you Ed.

  6. Jess says:

    Hello Lori,

    nice collection,

    the hinge, fire doors using DRYWALL SCREWS???!?! THAT I DON’T THINK is code compliant, whoever installed that needs to brush up on the fire codes!

    the dorma with bent arm, wasn’t that one on your blog before?? small world if its different person sending photo but same door as first time it was featured here,

    old closer, that one is an old one indeed, Yale 506, a torsion spring pneumatic closer, I have seen these before, (I have one, got at a yard sale when I was 11 or 12) but this is a first time seeing one CONNECTED to an old potbelly (Corbin or Russwin) forearm and connected at the clamp screw (holds forearm to main arm of closer)

    the screw on facing side of the closer adjusts the door speed, the vertical part mounted on the bracket is the spring, since these are only residential duty closers, maximum a torsion spring screen door closer can adjust to is MAYBE size 3, appears from how this one is attached to the potbelly forearm, the arm and closer are at right angles compared to the door (like a regular arm or TJ install will look)

    I have a feeling it was someone’s quick fix, as I can see the corner bracket screws on the side and top jamb from when the potbelly was installed,

    as for the pushbar, nice old one, nice and slim and out of the way,

    as for the noisy door, sounds to me its about time to replace the operator’s motors or drive belts may be loose or slipping causing the whirring noises,

    as for the gates in the store, I have seen smaller version of these at one amusement park in Langhorne, PA, (Sesame Place) they are at the platform of Vapor Trail (coaster with blue tracks)

    -Jess the door closer doctor

    • Lori says:

      Good eye Jess! I keep all of the photos I have not yet posted in an email file…I did post the bent arm one before but accidentally left it in the file. Oops! At least you know that there’s a real person running the show here, and not a robot.

  7. Curtis Meskus says:

    The thick doors are between the parking garage and the entry to the Liberty Bell visitor center. I thought of fire first off, however the pressure differential was holding the door open; there were no extra fire sprinkler heads in the area as I have seen in other areas of glass separation between spaces.

    Blast door could be it, none of the other doors in the entry atrium had them, that being the exterior wall in door or the door to the actual center.

  8. Richard Utting says:

    The panic hardware pics. that were sent in by Daly city Locksmith. Does anyone know the manufacturer on these? I’m working on some myself.

  9. Richard McKie says:

    The gypsum core fire door reminds me of rated fire doors a contractor installed in an exit stairway in a new Elementary school. The doors were 4′ wide and at least 200 pounds, and only lasted a year before the hinge stile broke free and the outer corner started dragging. The manufacturer to their credit supplied a replacement door but it only lasted 90 days. This was an Elementary school where the kids are relatively gentle on the doors, at least compared to High schoolers. When you look at the amount of wood on the hinge stile on the door pictured it’s no wonder they come apart. After the replacement door failed we installed a steel door in it’s place. No problems in the 4 years since.

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