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Jul 29 2016
Today’s Fixed-it Friday photo is from Kayla Pollock of Allegion. Why fix the problem when you can just make a sign?
How do you “twist” a lever.
The fix when boss says “no, you can’t call a Locksmith”???
Too funny I have noticed this a lot lately with grade two(2) off shore Lock sets . Especially with ones with the SS brand in the latch face .. it appears that the leverset must be turned almost completely to its stop position in order to retract the latch . It’s the same latch used on grade two Knobset but that problem does not exist with the knob unit. It’s has to do with the turning point of the lever not providing full latch retraction .
Can someone say ADA ?
Probably won’t make the 5 lbs. maximum opening force and operable parts in the 2010 ADA standards. Who needs the code, we just need to motivate these people to try harder.
Here is a thought. Instead of spending the time to make a nice and neat sign use that time to call a locksmith. I bet it would be cheaper to do it now than to wait till someone is locked inside because the latch is broke!
For crying out loud, it has lever, what could be the problem? Perhaps the building occupants should use the door to the workout room, go inside and workout! SMH!
I think a lot of folks don’t realize they are letting disabled folks know that this door hardware does not comply with the ADA. Great advertisement.
Wow…. I wonder if there is a sign on the inside as well??!! 😉
We can’t rule out a poorly-fitted door that’s keeping the lock from engaging in the strike properly.
It could be that there is just latch pressure due to a seal on the stop. A simple strike adjustment or shimming the hinges may solve the actual issue. That would not solve the problem with the semi-literate person who made the sign without punctuation. “…if it appears to be please try again…” Don’t give even simple complex tasks to simple people if you expect results. I bet that an office admin thought the sign was the correct way to solve the issue. I would also bet nobody ever thought of having a maintenance person look at it. How many times have you seen a lock that was loose or sticky and the custodian who uses it every day ignores it without reporting it to someone. “It’s been real hard to open for months and today it won’t open. What’s wrong?” Talk about pet peeves. Ignore the problem and it will go away.
An even scarier thought is that the maintenance person could have put up the sign.
This demonstrates the sad state of affairs of product failing to perform to its intended use. Just like the many instances of failed customer service in our society where many feel it is less bothersome to make a sign or ignore the problem than it is to insist that the product do its proposed task.
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