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Apr 02 2014

WW: Vertical Rod Repair

Kevin Taylor of Allegion left me wordless with this Wordless Wednesday photo.  Feel free to add your own words below if you feel moved.

Vertical Rod Repair

17 Responses to “WW: Vertical Rod Repair”

  1. Cda says:


  2. David Moyer says:

    I’m sure the bar is there only because there is no door closer on the right door. Yeah, that’s it!

  3. charlie Hobbs says:

    WHY would you do that ?
    Take the pull bar from the out side so you cannot get in and put it under the top rods to retract the top bolts but also stop the doors from opening. I guess they just do not want the doors to open.

  4. Safecrackin Sammy says:

    Cool exit sign… Reminds me of Disco take one….

    Judging from the scraped paint it looks like this has been ongoing for awhile versus just a temp fix.

    I would bet both top latches are NFP due to the bent rods and maybe one of the bottom latches is working simply by gravity.

  5. Jack Ostergaard says:

    Yesterday we addressed the bad guys doing this to the exterior side. Today we again address the “good” guys doing it from the interior.

  6. Eric Rieckers says:

    The truly sad part about this ‘fix’ is that it probably works.

  7. Daniel Ferry, AHC says:

    Amazing what people will come up with to secure an opening.

  8. Ken Grayling says:

    Suspect there’s a whacking great padlock on the outside!

  9. ron hansen says:

    It looks like this pair was repaired at some point. The device on the right looks relatively new compared to the one on the left with the paint on it. Maybe the repairman used the door pull to adjust the re-used vertical rods.

  10. Jamo Ladd says:

    truly some maintenance people/ building owners only worry about security and not safety. at least my second guessing, is that the steel rod was put behind the vertical rods to keep the doors from being forced open.

  11. Joel Niemi says:

    Remind me to be near a functional exit in this building when the fire breaks out.

    Do others also look at sketchy doors and nervously move away?

  12. Khozema Kazi, AHC, FDAI says:

    It is a non operable door, the horizontal pull secures the pair permanently.

  13. Jeff Tock says:

    But they used half-surface hinges!!

    • Tyler J. Thomas says:

      Haha, good eye!

      I’ve seen bottom rods take a beating but I wonder what happened to cause both top rods to be deformed? Maybe they’re former bottom rods from another door?

  14. Steven Seigler says:

    I think that might be the exit thru the basement. “Death Trap”. Don’t forget to say hi to the guy with the chainsaw. Scene from the Walking Dead maybe…..

  15. Fred Collier says:

    You can’t fix STUPID..

  16. DAVID FEDERICO says:

    Door Closure $145. Vertical rod exit devices $475.ea Door Pull $89.50. Repairs priceless… For everything else there’s Master Card …lol

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