We recently did a survey of iDigHardware readers, to collect feedback that could help guide some changes that we will be making to the site.  Several respondents commented that sometimes they weren’t sure what the problem or solution was when looking at Wordless Wednesday photos.  I really appreciate this insight!

When I started sharing Wordless Wednesday posts (in January of 2011!), I was following the blogging trend of posting one or more photos with no words at all.  With that said, I know that there are new people encountering iDigHardware every day, who may not be familiar with the code violations that are often depicted in the photos.  With this in mind, I will add a little commentary below the photos, for those who want more info.

I saw the door in today’s Wordless Wednesday photos during a recent hotel stay, and yes, it’s definitely a fire door assembly, in an elevator lobby.

So what’s the problem here??  It’s clear from the mineral core visible through the holes in the door that this is a fire door – I also opened the door and checked for a label.  Open holes in fire doors are not permitted – holes must be filled in a way that is acceptable per NFPA 80 and the fire door listings.  And…the holes addressed by NFPA 80 are fastener holes, so the holes in this door would have to be addressed as a field modification, if allowed by the listings.

And finally, the annual fire door inspections required by code would catch a problem like this and motivate a repair.  These inspections are a crucial part of helping to ensure that fire door assemblies will perform as designed and tested during a fire.  Even if the AHJ has not enforced the inspection requirement, the building owner is responsible for keeping their fire doors in code-compliant condition.

For more information on fire doors, check out the Fire Doors page on iDigHardware.

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