I could have sworn that I answered this question before but I can’t find a post on it so here goes…

If a door closer on a fire door is missing the cover, is that a deficiency that should be noted on a fire door inspection report?

This question may stir up some debate – I’ll go first.

We have all seen door closers without their covers.  They look like this.  –>

On one hand, hardware installed on a fire door should have all of its parts.  For example, fire exit hardware needs to have its center case cover and end cap in place or it would be noted as a deficiency and must be replaced “without delay.”

On the other hand, not all door closers have covers, and most closer covers are plastic.  They are used to make door closers more aesthetically pleasing to those who don’t appreciate the beauty of the hydraulic miracle that enhances security, safety, and (sometimes) convenience.  A door closer cover serves no other purpose – it does not protect the closer or enhance its ability to reliably close the door.  I don’t think a missing cover is really a deficiency – especially since some closers don’t have covers or the cover is optional.  But where should the line be drawn on missing parts?

What do you think?  I’d love some evidence to point to one way or the other. 

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