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Mar 22 2019

FF: Out of Alignment

Anyone who has installed doors and hardware before knows that sometimes frames are installed out of plumb, out of square, twisted, or in some other configuration that causes misalignment between the lock and the strike.  Mary Hinton of Mulhaupt’s sent me these Fixed-it Friday photos of someone’s attempt to address the alignment issues on this opening.  <sigh>

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10 Responses to “FF: Out of Alignment”

  1. carl.kwechin@am.jll.com says:

    This is what you get when you use laborers to install your doors and hardware.

  2. Darrell says:

    Looks like it’s missing a core too. It amazes me at how hard some people work to get out of doing something correctly

  3. Marcus McElreath says:

    I’m embarrassed to admit but when I was an installer (technician) at my previous employer, I actually “retro-fitted” a mortise lock with three different manufacturers. 1. Lock 2. cylinder 3. levers. It certainly would never have met standards, but it worked…and it worked well until a remodel project was approved for that area…then it got replaced altogether!

  4. Bryan says:

    As a newbie installer a 1/4 century ago it never occurred to me to try something that hideous.
    I just ground the strike, die grinder and a carbide burr, a little touch up/deburring with a file and latching without slamming is achieved.
    Some children’s parents, SMH!

  5. Greg Perry says:

    I’m guessing this won’t pass the annual fire door and frame inspection?

    • Martin AKA @lauxmyth says:

      Unless it is electrified hardware, this is not a fire door as it has cylinders on both side. Also badly installed but they are there. Some kind of institutional building to be able to use that. Sad to look at. Agree with previous poster the strike is an easier place to get that distance.

      • Lori says:

        What if it’s a classroom security function?

        – Lori

        • MartinB AKA lauxmyth says:

          Ooops. It could be a classroom function with a cylinder on each side. I did not think of that possibility. Still, the door would be fire tested with certain amounts of wood on each side of the lock body and clearly some/lots/most has been removed.

  6. David Birozy says:

    At least they used an anti-wrench collar on the exterior cylinder. That should provide the necessary security …

  7. David Federico says:

    Another first time installer. Lot of work when a strike plate adjustment may have been all that was needed . As far as an inspection as long as it latches…(if in fact it has a fire rating at all ) basic solid wood door only has 20 mins ) that’s all they are concerned with not how pretty the install was or is . I know pretty sad but their job is not to inspect the install just if it works

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