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Jan 08 2014

WW: Deep Freeze

Category: Doors Gone Wrong,Wordless WednesdayLori @ 12:10 am Comments (10)

Alec Walsh of Allegion sent me these photos a few weeks ago.  That door looks like it needs some thermal protection, right?

Cold Door

Cold Door

And then Andrew Harris of Willis Klein sent me a link to this photo of a hotel door in MinneSnowTa (uploaded to Imgur by FallenPandaBear) which takes it to a whole new level…

Minnesnowta Door

Have you seen any door-related effects of the frigid weather?  Send me a photo!

10 Responses to “WW: Deep Freeze”

  1. Cda says:

    So is it a violation if the door is openable?

    • Lori says:

      You tell me!

      • Lee Francisco says:

        Yes it is a violation. The door must remain operable. Even during a snowpocalypse!

        • Ron says:

          so, even in a snow bank, a door must “open”..
          it can’t be a “california” typed door then, it
          must lift up, vs. swinging outward, that way,
          the snow won’t have such an impact on egress..
          i guess.. but i digress…

  2. Eric Hirning says:

    Wow! That’s cold!

  3. Jack Ostergaard says:

    MinneSnowTa – Notice the frost spot on the upper Exit Sign – probablly an unsealed J-Box. Is the paint bubbling on the side? Lori how cold does the anti-freeze in the closer continue to work – does it freeze up and cause the door to be inoperable?

    • Lori says:

      Great question! LCN’s all-weather fluid stays constant from 120 degrees F to -30 degrees F, but not all manufacturers use all-weather fluid standard. If all-weather fluid is not used, the closer may creep closed very slowly in cold weather and slam in hot weather if it is not adjusted seasonally.

      • Ron says:

        i would posit then, that could it even be adjusted ‘properly’.. unless a door service
        tech be there daily to ‘properly adjust’ the closer ?

  4. Safecrackin Sammy says:

    Wow that last door pic has the new finish thats becoming popular


  5. Lori says:

    Was this question about the Manhattan fire? Because somehow it is on the frozen door post.

    I have not been able to get any more details yet. Hopefully we’ll find out eventually. I saw an article “investigating” why there were no sprinklers or a building-wide communication system. Neither was required by the old code. I sent the investigative reporters a note saying they should investigate the non-compliant fire doors rather than the stuff that was not technically required. I still want to know if the stair doors were locked.

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