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QQ: Fire Door Frames with Existing Wall Anchors

“When I’m installing a fire-rated frame into an existing opening using existing wall anchors, how much space can I have around the frame, and what is permissible to use to seal that gap?”

QQ: Can panic hardware be installed on a door that doesn’t lead to an exit?

In almost all cases, panic hardware is used on doors which are in the path of egress that eventually leads to the exit discharge. But – is it acceptable to install panic hardware on inswinging doors?

QQ: Are deadbolts prohibited in a means of egress?

I’ve had several situations where an AHJ interpreted the term “bolt lock,” used in the International Building Code (IBC), to mean a deadbolt…

QQ: Does every component of a fire door assembly have to be listed/labeled?

At least once a week someone asks me whether each and every component of a fire door assembly has to be listed or labeled…

QQ: Can I remove the hardware from a fire door and permanently close it?

Yesterday I received a question from an AHJ, about a condominium complex. Each condo has a fire door as the main entrance…

QQ: What is the minimum GWB penetration for a fire-rated frame?

This question has come up a few times lately…many of us have been taught that sheetrock/drywall/wallboard has to penetrate at least 1/2 inch behind the returns on a fire-rated frame, but where is that stated?

QQ: Do the accessibility standards require automatic operators?

Are automatic operators required by the ADA Standards and ICC A117.1 – the predominate accessibility standards used in the US?

QQ: Holding Force for Automatic-Closing Doors

I’ve received this question a couple of times lately…What is the maximum holding force allowed for an electromagnetic holder (or other automatic-closing device)?

QQ: Accessible Mounting Height

Most of you know that operable hardware must be mounted between 34 inches and 48 inches AFF, but does the ENTIRE piece of hardware have to be mounted within that area?

QQ: Panic Hardware – Touchpad Length

This question has been raised a few times over the years, and it looks like we will have a clarification soon – What is the required length of the touchpad or crossbar for panic hardware and fire exit hardware?

QQ: Can fire exit hardware be installed on a non-fire-rated door?

What if a facility locksmith has fire exit hardware on the shelf and considers installing it on a non-fire-rated door? Or maybe a fire door is no longer needed…

QQ: Does the Joint Commission require fire door inspectors to be certified?

I have received several calls from people who are interested in becoming fire door inspectors or who are wondering if an inspection by their in-house staff is acceptable to the Joint Commission…

QQ: Required Swing of Double-Egress Pairs

I could have sworn that I had already answered this question on iDigHardware, but there are almost 2,000 posts and I can’t find one that specifically addresses this…Is there a required “hand” for a double-egress pair?

QQ: Gasketing Requirements of NFPA 101

Which door openings are required to have gasketing, according to NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code?

QQ/WWYD? Excessive Clearance on Fire Doors

The rapidly-approaching deadline for fire door inspections in health care facilities is resulting in LOTS of questions about fire door assemblies.  The most FAQ in the last few weeks has been… When a fire door has more clearance than what is allowed by NFPA 80, can a door sweep and/or gasketing be added to solve […]

QQ: Fire Doors in Load-Bearing Walls

Do load-bearing walls within a dwelling unit require fire doors?

QQ: Selected Reentry

What is “selected reentry” and when can it be used?

QQ: What is a power-assist operator?

This is Part 1 of a 2-part question, so check tomorrow’s post for Part 2. First, I’d like to clarify what defines a power-assist operator…

QQ: Push ‘N Go For Automatic Operators

In yesterday’s post, I wrote about power-assist operators to clarify that these are not the same as low-energy automatic operators. This 2-part question arose from a misconception that “power-assist” is the same thing as “Push ‘N Go.”

QQ: Door Pull Clearance

I answered this question a couple of years ago as part of a longer post, but people continue to ask so here goes…
“How much clearance do the accessibility standards require behind a door pull?”

QQ: Opening force for automatic doors

The codes and standards limit the opening force for interior, non-fire-rated, manually-operated doors to 5 pounds, hence the question…

QQ: Are doorknobs acceptable in a hospital?

For most types of buildings, lever-handle locksets are standard equipment, but some existing buildings may be equipped with knobs. Are knobs acceptable by code in existing health care facilities?

QQ: Louvers in Fire Doors

Is it acceptable by code to install a louver (fusible link or other type) in a fire door?

QQ: Stairwell Reentry – 1 leaf or 2?

If I have a pair of doors leading to a stairwell, do both leaves have to allow reentry?

QQ: Airport Jet Bridge Doors

Yesterday someone asked me about hardware requirements for doors serving the jet bridge – the walkway leading from the airport terminal to the door of the plane.

QQ: Empty Tab Slots

The increased enforcement of the inspection requirements for fire door assemblies has brought some pretty intense scrutiny upon the various components.  In some cases we’re finding that NFPA 80 and the model codes don’t currently address the fine details of how these assemblies are tested and constructed. I was recently contacted by a facility that […]

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