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Apr 18 2014

FF: Access Panel Hold-Open

Category: Fire Doors,Fixed-it FridayLori @ 12:11 pm Comments (9)

Here is yet another creative Fixed-it Friday method of holding open what I strongly suspect is a fire door based on the wire glass.  If anyone has come up with a good process for educating custodians and other maintenance personnel about fire doors, I’m all ears!

Access Panel Hold Open

Thank you to Jim Pellegrini of Park Avenue Building Supplies for the photo!

9 Responses to “FF: Access Panel Hold-Open”

  1. Safecrackin Sammy says:


    Wait til they are up in the hatch and then close and latch it….

  2. Cda says:

    Where is the Easter bunny?

  3. David says:

    Now they’ve created two fire hazards!

  4. Elson says:

    There is a turn on the inside of the access door although from the looks of the door and turn you may want some lubricant with you.

  5. Elson says:

    There is also a second access door right behind the first door and with the pipes in the opening you would need to be quite small to get all the way inside to get the access door closed and if it like most of the spaces on our campus it has so much stuff up there you could never get anyone above the ceiling to get the door closed.

  6. Joel Niemi says:

    That took a bit of work to stand on the chair and open the 10″x10″ (or so) valve-access panel. Someone must have taken their wood wedges away

  7. Eric Henken says:

    I like the the open gas line on the wall. I hope no one decides to turn the valve.
    With the panel hanging swinging it is an auto hold open device.

  8. Joel says:

    If the plaster ceiling was intended to be part of the rated room enclosure, both of the access hatches must be self-closing and latching. Maintenance has removed the springs in order to provide constant access, allowing the hatch to be used as a door stop.

    The maintenance director could provide the incentive that if the facility is fined for ‘immediate jeopardy’, the fine would be paid by the employee(s) who created the problem. Or, a set of internal checks and monetary fines could be adopted. This could be balanced with a small general bonus for each month that no deficiencies are found by the internal checks.

    Money talks.

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