Today’s Fixed-it Friday photos show a fire door with fire exit hardware in a church. Because fire exit hardware is not allowed to have mechanical dogging, it looks like someone took matters into their own hands. The nail (which has also been glued in place) holds the touchpad in the depressed position, which keeps the latch retracted and the door unlocked. This means that the door will not latch as required by NFPA 80 for swinging fire door assemblies. Why does convenience so often win out over safety??
Thank you to Amy Farquhar of Twin City Hardware for sending the photos!