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Jun 06 2014

FF: Fire Exit Hardware Modification

Category: Fixed-it Friday,Panic HardwareLori @ 12:57 am Comments (7)

Fire doors are required to have an active latchbolt, so fire exit hardware (panic hardware for fire doors) is not equipped with a mechanical dogging mechanism that could be used to hold the latch retracted.  When the lack of dogging creates an inconvenience, creative modifications sometimes occur.  The added slidebolt on this fire exit hardware will prevent the fire door from functioning properly during a fire.  I wonder what the insurance company would have to say about that.

FEH Modification
Slide Bolt Dogging

Thank you to Dave Rogers from Bell Hardware of Portland for the photos!

7 Responses to “FF: Fire Exit Hardware Modification”

  1. David says:

    They would say “sorry, you’re not covered”

    • Dan Poehler says:

      Now that the situation is caught and on record, the insurance company may say “your premiums just went up 10k per year”.

  2. Jim Hooker says:

    I am guessing that this is a new option from Von Duprin? F-99 x Ives C86.

  3. curtis meskus says:

    not only do they need to remove the illicit device, then they need to restore the hardware to its original configuration (less holes)

  4. RB Sontag says:

    Just when you think that you’ve seen it all, you realize you’ve just started to climb the tree. The human gene pool is getting shallower.

  5. Eric Hirning says:

    Could it be that the door is not rated and instead of buying a new device, someone modified this one? I believe modifying an fire rated device whether on a rated door still violates code though. Am I correct?

    • Lori says:

      I think it’s unlikely that it’s a non-rated door, but the device shouldn’t be modified either way. The final ruling would have to play out in court.

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