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Jun 19 2015
This could definitely be a Wordless Wednesday photo, but I couldn’t wait to share it so here’s an excellent (terrible) Fixed-it Friday photo from Rachel Smith of Karpen Steel. Unbelievable.
On the bright side, the handy set of chairs blocking the exit can double as a battering ram to break through. 🙂
It’s the new and improved barricade device!
Without taking a “backseat” , and in “light” of the fact it’s an exit, I am not a big “fan” of this kind of repair
I see at least 4 or 5 violations here
1. the pieces of wood going across the doors,
2. that panic, who installed that?!?!? does the person have blindness or astigmatism (straight lines looked curved or going uphill/downhill)or read the directions that came with the panic?? hope its just nothing more then a loose/missing screw.
no offense to anyone with eye problems here, corrected or not corrected.
3. door gap, at top the 2 doors are touching, bottom there is a wide gap
4. wheres the closer?? (unless its on pull side
maintenance personnel: if you don’t know how to fix doors, please feel free to use GOOGLE to learn about the codes/find installation instructions for your hardware, if stuck in a jamb with a door closer problem, feel free to Google “Jess the door closer doctor”
-Jess the door closer doctor
Without taking a “backseat” and ignoring this, and in “light” of the fact it’s an exit, I am not a big “fan” of this type of repair!
Nobody commented yet on the set of hinges on the chair side of the door frame. Could this have been a double set of doors to create a 4 hour separation between different types of occupancies?
You’re right…that’s mysterious.
I hope that’s not a rated pair because both 2 x 4’s are installed over 16″ above the bottom of the door(s). ; )
Instead of an exit sign they should have NOT AN ENTRANCE or ZOMBIE BARRICADE
Looks like the original set of doors opened in, and they changed the doors to outswinging, or the buck was cemented in backwards and they didn’t catch it until well after the punchlist ran out.
Betcha there’s some really creative hinge mounting on the other side. 🙂
It’s hard to tell from the photo, but maybe the building has settled and the top beam across the door is bent and jamming the doors so they don’t open. That would explain the differing top-to-bottom door gaps and the 2×4 barricade (so it’s clear the door won’t open). Hopefully there are multiple exit doors and this one is not needed. In any case, not a good solution. I agree with Daniel Davis, they should put a big sign above “EXIT” in red letters that says “NOT AN”.
This is the community center in the town where I live and work. Last year they thought that they were going to have money to redo the center, but it didn’t happen. Last year it was just a broken panic device. Now…. a different story. This is being used for a farmers market, and when I am in there the overhead door is open. There is one other single exit door that still functions. Still, not a good situation because it is also used by other groups. I will be sending this to our town manager for his attention.
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