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Sep 12 2014

FF: Bondo Hides All Sins (not)

Category: Electrified Hardware,Fixed-it FridayLori @ 9:25 am Comments (10)

One of my favorite comments from spending time with hundreds of specifiers at CONSTRUCT was, “I love that you show us what not to do and why.”  (Another favorite was – “Lori!  I recognized you from your avatar!”)

All I can say about these photos of a field-prepped electric strike is…this is why we specify all of the hardware, including access-control hardware, in the hardware specification.  Field preps do happen on occasion, but not all installers are created equal.

Bondo Strike 2

Bondo Strike 1

Thank you to Jack Ostergaard of Healy, Bender, and Associates for today’s Fixed-it Friday photos!

10 Responses to “FF: Bondo Hides All Sins (not)”

  1. Dwight Isaacs says:

    Oh that poor door frame. Gave a good fight, but never had a chance against a “professional” installer.

  2. Bill Liberty says:

    Don’t be too quick to judge. I need to see a “before” photo.

  3. Lee Francisco says:

    Nothing that a little paint can’t fix…

  4. Eric Rieckers says:

    Perhaps it will look better once the finish paint is applied? 🙁

  5. Rich says:

    One of the worst problems we have on new building projects is the sub contractor installing hardware. We find drywall screws, short cut self drilling screws, etc. We have even specified in the planning documents for a building that all installers will be trained by a factory rep for the hardware, or one of our people, and we still get “professional” installations that need to be fixed before the building can be occupied. We seem to not be blessed with someone of your talent Lori and it is amazing how much error there is even in the specs for hardware, frame, door, application matching. We had a recent “professional” install a strike like the one pictured above, into a wood frame. Wonderful butchery.

  6. Dan says:

    You are right; field preps are required from time-to-time. It’s either this or replace the frame, door or both. What the photos don’t tell is the conditions that promt the bondo-retrofit. I think the builder actually has done a fairly good job to this point. After it’s cleaned up and repainted it probably won’t look too bad, all things considered. The alternative is to replace the frame involving at least four other trades and a lot more $$$.

  7. Bryan McKeehan says:

    Looks more like repairs done after initial hack job, bondo man just doesn’t own a finish sander and did the best he could with the 60 grit disc and hoped the painter would make it pretty. Those HM mods look much better once sanded properly and primed with additional coats of primer done in between trips to the truck hauling tools.

  8. Ken Grayling says:

    If that frame’s timber, the mounting screws are likely to be near fresh air… Needs a longer fore-end at the very least.

  9. Jeff says:

    Negative comments toward the “installer” are ill-advised here. They actually did a decent job. The butchery likely started behind a computer with an over-sight by a “professional” project manager, detailer or salesman. In addition, there are much better electric strikes for that application. Who specific the Von Duprin? The installer? I doubt it.

  10. David says:

    This appears to be another case of after the fact . Originally the door was just a door . Then along comes the access control SALES force and now you have a retro fit . I can only hope it’s still maintains its rating and gets past inspection. I don’t see a rating On the strike face plate so I wonder if this is even a rated opening .judging by the glass lites and side lites its looks like just a corridor door to restrict entry to an area .

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