There is a lesson behind today’s Fixed-it Friday photo. Upon first glance you see an exterior door locked with padlocks and a chain attached to the lever on an adjacent door. But why?
On the exterior door, panic hardware was installed with fail safe lever trim on the outside. There was a problem with the lever trim – I’m not sure what the problem was exactly – but it left the lever unlocked and the chain was the temporary fix. So why was the lever trim fail safe? Why not fail secure? I would almost never use fail safe trim in an exterior application – it creates a security problem every time there is a loss of power.
Can you think of any reason this door should have fail safe lever trim rather than fail secure?