As I mentioned in my previous post, I am on a trip to Italy!  I’ve already been to Milan, Lake Como, Verona, and Venice!  Today I am in Tuscany, visiting the 17th-century city of Lucca.  I’ll bet I can find some amazing old doors here.


To celebrate the 10th anniversary of iDigHardware, I’ve done some research into the top posts from the last 10 years.  For the regular posts, this is based on the number of visits, and for the Wordless Wednesday and Fixed-it Friday posts I will be re-sharing some of my favorites.

In the #10 position is…drum roll, please…my Decoded article on Flush Bottom Rails! You might be thinking, “What’s so interesting about the bottom rail of a door that would make thousands of people want to know more?” Well, compared to all of the other code requirements that apply to doors, this one is relatively new.  I say “relatively” because things tend to move very slowly in the world of codes – the 10-inch requirement was added to ICC A117.1 in 2003, but people are still being caught by surprise.

I originally wrote this article in 2009, and have updated it several times since.  The article explains which doors need to have a flush and smooth area at the bottom (and which doors are exempt), which hardware causes conflicts, where this requirement is found in the ADA standards and ICC A117.1, and the intent behind this section.

If you’re still wondering whether you need to read this article, ask yourself this question:

Are the doors in the photo compliant with the flush bottom rail requirement?

Here is the #10 post: Decoded: Flush Bottom Rails

And an extra bonus: Flush Bottom Rail Alternative

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