I usually try to use the photos of Doors Gone Wrong to illustrate a code or product issue but tonight I’m at a loss for words. I received the photo on the left from a local hardware supplier, who was called to a job-site to look at a “lock problem.” Apparently the lockset and deadbolt weren’t latching.
Hmmmm…what could be causing that? Perhaps the fact that the frames were installed tight to the wall construction, and they didn’t mortise out for the dustboxes or even a sloppy recess for the latchbolt and deadbolt to project into?
The photo on the right is an application that I noticed on a different job-site…it was a fire-rated door that they wanted to leave unlocked, so they moved the strike down and “Voila! A passage set!” (actually a push/pull).
I felt bad about whipping out my camera in front of the contractor but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I know the day will come when someone gives me grief or questions why I’m taking photos of their doors, but so far so good.
Photo of lock/deadbolt strikes courtesy of Brendan Daley, Horner Commercial Sales.
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ohhh my, makes you wonder, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING during the installation??? I mean most products these days have PICTURE based instructions for installation for people of all skill levels (door latch and lock plate installation pic)such as with ALL LCN closers. good eyesight is recommended as well, about the pushbar installation (von duprin??) theres a reason why there’s a saying in the construction trades, that is measure twice cut once, here its measure twice drill once.
don’t feel bad about these installs, I have a guy that I hear from once in a while in NYC who has a problem with a closer (Norton 78 b/F traditional) I keep telling him, turn the adjustment valve on left side of the closer body!, he keeps adjusting the valve on right side of the unit………. sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
remember folks, if you are NOT familiar with the product and it’s installation method, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!