I find it interesting to see how people adapt doors and hardware for their convenience – sometimes at the expense of security or code requirements. Last week when I attended the DHI conNextions conference in Boston, I had sticker shock at the cost of parking, so I used an app to find a less expensive space nearby. The pedestrian entrance to the garage had a card reader and electric strike for residents of the building, and a doorbell for people like me.
When I pressed the doorbell, the door began to open “automatically” (I didn’t see anyone on the other side of the glass), but only opened a few inches. Once I opened the door fully I saw that the parking attendant had used the 1×3 to push the touchpad of the panic and open the door a little, without climbing the steps. I didn’t point out that a push button in the parking booth could control the strike and save him the 20-foot walk to the door. 😀