I just had an idea.  I’m putting together an online code class for my coworkers, which will be available to others outside of the company next year.  The way I like to teach about codes is to explain the intent behind the requirement, show examples, reference the applicable section of the code, and preferably to break up the education into small chunks so it’s easier to absorb over time.  The way I initially tried to learn was to read the code books and highlight the sections, but it didn’t really stick with me.  So many people email me to say, “I know the code says something about *this*, but where is it?”…something they have read or heard may have left an impression on them about the requirement, but it didn’t settle into their brain for the long haul.

For almost 5 years I’ve been writing about code requirements on this site and showing examples of doors gone wrong.  But for those of us who work with doors and need to be able to access the code information when the situation arises, I think it would be good tie it all together so we know where to find the requirement when we need it.  If you’ve ever stood on a job-site and had someone raise an issue with work you’ve done, it is VERY handy to have a solid understanding of the codes and be able to explain why your work is code-compliant and where in the codes you can find the supporting language.  It’s a lot harder to recover after the seed of doubt has sprouted, even if you are correct.

So…for those of you who need a solid understanding and the ability to back it up with code references (and if you’re in my upcoming class, I’m talking to YOU), I invite you to comment on my Wordless Wednesday photos to say WHAT the issue is, WHY the door is non-compliant, and WHERE in the applicable codes you would find the section addressing the problem.  Sounds like fun, right?  Trust me, it’s a good investment of your time and you’ll appreciate me someday.  🙂

When I looked that this first photo from a fire inspector, I thought the issue was the blinds.


But look closer:


What’s the problem here?  Tell me WHAT, WHY, and WHERE, and don’t read the comments unless you have given up.

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