Today's Wordless Wednesday photo makes me wonder what other interesting things have been found inside of these enclosures...
Don't miss this week's line-up of online classes...automatic operators, electrified hardware, hollow metal doors and frames, and school security.
This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, but maybe for a different reason than you might expect. :-)
Is it acceptable by code to provide battery back-up for an electromagnetic lock? What about other types of electrified hardware?
Our national trainers are continuing with their Webinar Wednesday series - classes are currently scheduled into August. Feel free to share this information with your colleagues.
One thing I have found during my 35 years in the door and hardware industry is that there is always more to learn. Check out the online classes available this week!
Many of you already know this (900 of you have already signed up), but this Thursday I will be presenting another webinar. If you're on the fence about whether to attend, this post might help.
Here is a list of the webinars that our national training team is presenting tomorrow. There's still time to sign up!
Jim Elder of Secured Design LLC sent me today's Wordless Wednesday photo, and I am indeed wordless! This is a first for me!
This week we have 5 different webinars available, so you can continue your training online. Check out the options - there's something for everyone!
In the never-ending battle of convenience vs. security...convenience wins again! Why bother investing in access control?
Whether you are in your office or at home with your cat (or kids!), you can keep learning. Our national trainers are offering 2 webinars tomorrow.
These photos perfectly illustrate the age-old struggle between security and convenience. The semi-permanent nature of the "fix" leaves me wordless.
Because our team of national trainers is not on the road these days, they have begun offering multiple webinars every Wednesday! Check today's post for tomorrow's line-up!
More opportunities for online training - some offering continuing education credits. Check here for upcoming live webinars and access to on-demand recordings.
This Friday, May 8th, Allegion will be presenting the second in a series of six 30-minute webinars designed with integrators in mind. If you are an access control integrator, please join us!
This Friday, April 24th, Allegion will be presenting the first in a series of six 30-minute webinars designed with integrators in mind. If you are an access control integrator, please join us!
In case you can't read the sign on the door, it says, "Push the red button and the bar on the door at the same time to exit." THIS IS NOT OK!
You may have to zoom in and look around to see exactly what's happening in this Fixed-it Friday photo. All I have to say is...there are better ways to transfer power.
My recent article in Security Sales & Integration addresses panic hardware from an access control perspective.
Is the UL 294 listing required by the model codes for panic hardware with the electric latch retraction / electric dogging feature (EL/QEL)?
What do you think about this change that has been approved for the 2021 International Building Code? Does it clear things up nicely, or does it cause concerns regarding accessibility?
This article was published in the October 2019 issue of Locksmith Ledger, and includes some questions that you can use to determine whether your code knowledge is up-to-date.
I know that many of us notice funky hardware applications on TV and in movies...here's one that we can actually learn a few things from.
Bryce King of Allegion sent me today's Wordless Wednesday photo...I guess this is one way to deal with a lockout! Send me your WW/FF photos to register to win some Yeti merch from iDH!
In this article, I covered not only how fail safe and fail secure electrified hardware products operate, but which type would commonly be used in various types of systems.
Should the model codes be modified to require immediate egress through doors with delayed egress locks during emergencies other than fires?
I graduated from college more than 30 years ago, and based on my experience with my soon-to-be college freshman, times have changed!
Media outlets have reported that locked electronic doors hindered law enforcement response in the recent Virginia Beach shooting. Authorized access should be addressed in each facility's emergency plan.
Warning: Today's Wordless Wednesday post is not wordless. Check out the video and scroll down for the words.
I can definitely see how a lock that is only controlled by a phone could be a problem, and the court agreed - the tenants now have keys. WWYD?
This application was found in an airport, and requires building occupants to use a pull station to initiate a delayed egress lock. Is it code-compliant?
When a shooting occurred at the University of North Carolina Charlotte last week, an electronic locking system was already in place that allowed the campus to be locked down in seconds.
Electric power transfers, thru-wire hinges, and door cords are used to transfer wires from the wall/frame to the door for electrified hardware. Or you can be creative and DIY.
I've heard it said that there are a thousand ways to screw up a door, and I think it's probably true. Here's just one of the many conflicts to watch out for.
Fifty people died in the shootings at the two mosques in Christchurch. How many could have survived if the egress door had allowed immediate evacuation?
If our industry is so complex that the students' research didn't turn up existing products or a hardware advisor, we need to get more user-friendly.
Do you know what this is a picture of? The Schlage AD lock on my oldest daughter's dorm for next year, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville!
As the saying goes..."'A chain is only as strong as its weakest link," and this applies to mag-lock installations as well. I've seen some creative mounting efforts, but these have me shaking my head.
How do you choose which code section to use?
Is it code-compliant to add a deadbolt to a door with a mag-lock, that can be used to lock the door during a power failure?
This one is a real head-scratcher. How did this happen, AND what's the card reader for? #hardwaremysteries
Maintained and momentary switches are both used with electrified hardware - do you know when to specify or install each type?
A knob, lever, AND a mag-lock? And what's with the stainless plates? Are they covering old vision lights or do you think they were "original equipment"?
Quick Question: Is it code-compliant for a card reader on the egress side of the door to be used to monitor who uses the door?
Joe Fazio of Precision Doors & Hardware sent me today's Wordless Wednesday photo. I don't know what to say. How about you?
I really need your expertise on this one...talk to me about exit alarms to deter the use of classroom doors, or to at least notify the teacher that someone has opened the door.
When we think about code-compliance, it's not just about lines on a page in a book. It's about reducing the risk of tragedies like this one.
Of all the code requirements that apply to doors and hardware, electrified hardware raises the most questions. Here's a training opportunity to help!
Are pneumatic switches required as the auxiliary release devices for sensor-release electrified locking systems? Or are other types of switches acceptable? Please share your insight and experience!