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?


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