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May 18 2016

WW: Kick-Down Stops

One of the most common deficiencies found during a fire door assembly inspection is a fire door that won’t close properly – either because the closing device is not working, has been disabled or removed, or because a non-compliant hold-open device has been added.  Nathan Burkhardt of Opening Technologies sent me this Wordless Wednesday photo of the kick-down stops (holders) they removed from doors on an existing college.  Some were removed from fire doors, and others were removed because they conflicted with the accessibility requirement for a 10-inch-high smooth surface at the bottom of the door.  Wow.

Boxes of Kick Down Stops

12 Responses to “WW: Kick-Down Stops”

  1. lach says:

    Was the project a school?

  2. Rachel Smith says:

    Should they be melted down or given to an organization like a Habitat Home Store (ReStore) where the profits are used to build homes for low income families?

  3. Nathan Langley says:

    I see a future lot showing up on ebay in 3…2…1…

  4. Eric says:

    The accessibility requirement. That never entered my mind in terms of kick-down holders. I always learn something new here. 🙂

  5. Ryan Pfeiffer says:

    For the ADA requirement, isn’t it only on the push side of the door? Kick-down stops are usually mounted on the pull side so I didn’t think those were an issue for ADA.

    • Lori says:

      Hi Ryan –

      Kick-down stops go on the push side of the door, so they’re in the 10″ flush zone.

      – Lori

    • Andrew says:

      Kick down stops are mounted on the push side or else they would just slide with the door as the door closes. Think of them as a wedge.

  6. Terry Crump, FDAI says:

    I guess there’s no doubt that the university filled the screw holes with an approved caulk…Right?

  7. Joel Niemi says:

    Terry Crump beat me to it

  8. Bryan says:

    Our local school district has these throughout the district, nearly every door, 50 plus buildings.

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