I answer A LOT of questions every day, and I love doing it.  I’m so glad to be able to provide this resource for our staff and customers, and anyone else who comes across my site.  But sometimes I get questions that I don’t have a good answer for, and that’s where you come in.  Please leave a comment if you have any insight on ANY of these questions…

A) Delayed Egress:  I have heard of some jurisdictions which have specific requirements for electromagnetic locks, and areas which do not allow mag-locks at all.  But I’m wondering if there are any state or local codes with code modifications for delayed egress locks.  If you are aware of any requirements specific to delayed egress that vary from the IBC or NFPA 101, I’d love to hear about them!

B) Special Closer Application:  Keith Nelsen of Lindquist Security Technologies sent me this photo to see if I had any ideas for retrofitting this gate/door with a closer.  The door currently has spring hinges which are slamming the door (not a surprise).

Angled Gate

C) Transformer Vaults:  Andy Lindenberg of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies asked me where to find the fire resistance requirements for walls and doors surrounding a transformer vault.  I found something that allowed sprinklers to be omitted from the transformer vault if the room had 2-hour rated walls, but is there a requirement for transformer vaults stated somewhere else in the IBC?

D) Mystery Pivot:  Dwight Isaacs of US Homeware is looking for information on this pivot.  Is anyone familiar with it?

Pivot 2

Pivot 1

E) Unidentified Panic DeviceScott Sabatini of Door + Hardware Consultants sent me this photo looking for a manufacturer and model number.  Anyone recognize it?

Unidentified Panic

F) WWYD?:  And a couple more that came in as “check this out!” rather than as a question, but I thought you might enjoy adding your two cents worth…what would you have done differently to avoid these problems?

From Brendan Daley of Securadyne:


And from Jeff Tock of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies (hint: the answer is not to move the closer to the other side of the door):

Too Tight

Thanks in advance for your help!

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