Last night I went to a presentation at one of our 3 local middle schools, which I’m guessing was built in the 70’s.  What struck me right away was that the exterior doors are all about 10′ tall, and the interiors are about 9′ with a transom panel above.  What a strange application for a school.  They still seem to be working pretty well though.

The door below is the main entrance to the school, and when I was using it I was focused on chatting with the cop on duty and subconsciously noted that one door had a newer touchpad exit device and also that there was an automatic operator.  My brain made the connection that those two items were on the same door, and the assumption that the touchpad exit device had the electric latch retraction function to interface with the auto operator.

To my surprise, when I opened the photo I realized that the touchpad exit device and the auto operator are on two different leaves.  Other than an installation screw-up or a damaged panic device that needed to be replaced, I have no other thoughts.  You guys are always good at door opening forensics…any ideas?


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