When I was on a field trip with our current SWAP/SDP cohort last week, we came across this opening in a high school, and one of the specwriter apprentices asked what was going on with the closer on the door in the middle.

When we opened the door, the closer shoe was actually flexing down and had become bent over time.

Bending closer rod

The problem?  The closer body had been installed without setting the backcheck feature, so the closer shoe was taking the full force of packs of high school students using the door daily.  Upon closer inspection we noticed another problem…

The original LCN closer body had been replaced with a closer designed to look almost exactly like an LCN 4040.  The LCN arm was even reused.  We get a lot of calls from end users who have problems with what they think is an LCN closer.  As you can see…it can be tough to tell the difference.  The label even includes LCN’s tortoise and hare adjustment symbols.

Closer without a back check

Maybe the end user wanted to save some money, or maybe the supplier substituted the other product, but the problem has not been solved and eventually there could be damage to the door, frame, glass, etc.  A closer without backcheck can even cause injuries to building occupants.  Nobody wins in this Fixed-it Friday scenario.

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