Here’s the latest batch of reader photos…don’t forget to send me any interesting doors you see on your summer vacations!

From Mary Hinton of Mulhaupt’s Inc., a McDonald’s bathroom door that would provide a convenient peephole for the kiddies.  Amazingly, this is not the first time we’ve seen this creative resolution to the problem.

This photo sent in by Debbie Purcell of Engineered Openings, was originally posted on  There are some other doors there too, but fair warning…you might see a bad word or two.

From my favorite life safety consultant, a hospital stairwell door which is not fire rated (and should be), with panic hardware (not fire exit hardware) that’s half-dogged.

From Hal Kelton of DoorData Solutions, a beautiful arched entrance with an invisible auto operator, coat hooks mounted on a fire-rated door with plenty of wall space where the hooks could have been mounted, and a door that’s missing its latchbolt.

Morriss Johnson sent in this photo of the kids’ door at Kid To Kid, a national franchise for children’s and maternity resale.  The kids’ door has one spring hinge for those of you who were wondering if it has a closer (I know you’re out there!).

And finally, a few from Michael Rebbec of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, who was kind enough to provide a narrative to go along with the photos.  Congratulations on your wedding, Michael!!!  I hope your wife promises “to love, honor, and let you look at doors without getting annoyed.”  🙂

“This school district has an old school that has been converted to the maintenance facility. They got creative and rather than just putting a chain around the 88 devices, they welded a slip-on lock. This device slips over the cross bars and in theory prevents the doors from opening. However, it must not have worked as engineered, as they then used zip ties to keep it from falling off the crossbars. Granted that with fewer than 10 occupants and the building used pretty well for storage, an AHJ may not mind that they did this to all but one pair of doors in the main entry bank. Also, I thought it was kind of interesting as they are Rim x Vertical Rod (Surface) and there is no strike for the Rim device – it just latches on the overlapping astragal (there are also no carry bars).”

“This pub in Ontario, Oregon is a medium sized pub / restaurant.  It originally had thumb-piece pulls on both sides as well as a deadbolt (or two).  They have since replaced the hardware to have an exit device – which was mounted to center on the rail at about 52”-56”.  I don’t have a picture of the outside pull and cylinder, but it was similar to an F-Lock with the Camelot Pull Handle and Deadbolt – only the cylinder was the rim cylinder for the NL on the exit device (the pull would have been centered at about 48” probably).  On top of these code violations, they couldn’t quite figure out how to mount the closer or dog the panic properly, so they bent the arm (as seen in the photos) downward and they use a screw as shown in the dogging photo to keep the pad retracted.”

Thanks everyone for continuing to send in photos.  I’m headed out on a road trip this week so I hope to have some interesting photos to post.  Happy summer!

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