Quite a few people have told me that they like the short videos I’ve posted recently (here’s the first, and the second), so here’s another one. Clearly I need to get out more because I’ve had several requests for videos of other applications. Maybe when the rest of my kids go off to college I can start my “van life” and drive around looking for carry bars, swing clear hinges, pocket door closers, and delayed egress locks.
I’m wondering what you think about this door opening…it’s kind of an interesting one as door openings go. It’s the stair discharge for a dorm, leading to the lobby. The upper floors do not include any assembly spaces so the panic hardware is not required, but the door leading from the stairs to the lobby has panic hardware for durability, with no outside trim. The other door has a lockset and an electric strike for access control. You can exit through this door by turning the lever, but most people use the panic hardware instead since the vast majority of traffic is coming down the stairs.
What do you think of this application? WWYD?
Here’s a short video description:
And a few photos:
Here is the pull side…these are Steelcraft Graintech doors (hollow metal doors with wood grain) and I think they look great! But this is a miss…the card reader is to the right of the doors, controlling the electric strike on the LHR leaf, and the entrance to the building is to the left, so everyone using the card reader crosses in front of the door with panic hardware twice before entering the stairwell.
On the stairwell side you can see the panic hardware on the RHR leaf and lever handle on the LHR leaf. I think this is an interesting way to control traffic, as almost everyone coming down the stairs will use the panic hardware, leaving the other leaf for people entering the stairwell.
I know what you’re all going to say…the closer is templated wrong so the arm is wonky. You’re right! But it’s (almost) a good illustration of how the LCN 62A shoe is used to move the closer down to make room for the overhead stop. The top rail of the door should have been a little bit larger to accommodate the stop and the closer.
And by request, here’s a video showing the closer and stop in operation: