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FF: Ax Handle

This photo showedup in my Google Alerts 3 times this week, so I had to share it. It's from a blog post called "Fire Station 4's cool front door"...

By |2017-03-31T02:08:07-04:00March 31st, 2017|Push/Pull|7 Comments

FF: Cabinet Hardware

This Fixed-it Friday photo was taken at an open house by JJ Normandeau of CFS Canada. I know that hardware can be difficult and confusing, but come on... (also - please help identify the access control product pictured at the bottom of this post)

By |2015-09-10T17:40:31-04:00September 11th, 2015|Fixed-it Friday, Push/Pull|14 Comments

Hands-Free Door Pulls

Someone asked me last week whether a door pull operated by the user's foot would be considered accessible. The answer seems obvious, right? How can a pull operated by someone's foot be used for a door on an accessible route?...

By |2015-02-13T09:15:50-04:00February 12th, 2015|Accessibility, Push/Pull|17 Comments

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

Today's winner of the 5th-birthday gift card is Dan Droker of CCI Automated Technologies, who sent me some great photos from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. It makes me happy to imagine some of you embarrassing your spouses and kids by taking door photos during family outings. My family has begun to automatically sense when a door piques my interest, and they make themselves scarce. Except the little one who wants to be in every picture...

By |2014-03-28T16:45:32-04:00March 4th, 2014|Beautiful Doors, Doors & Frames, Push/Pull|6 Comments

WW: Stair Door

Another hotel, another fire door problem.  In case you're new to this site...this fire door needs a positive latch, and will not perform as designed and tested to protect the stairwell as a means of egress for the hotel guests if there is a fire.  Unacceptable!

By |2016-09-11T22:42:29-04:00February 19th, 2014|Fire Doors, Push/Pull, Wordless Wednesday|11 Comments

LL Bean – What’s Missing?

We were on a mini-vacation earlier in the week, which is my excuse for forgetting two things.  First, my pal Zeke Wolfskehl is in search of some research that I remember hearing about but have never been able to find documentation for.  Maybe it's an urban legend, but I know that I heard/read somewhere that a pair of doors with a mullion allows more efficient egress than a pair of doors without a mullion.  Do any of you remember where that was written?  I need a lead to pursue.

By |2012-01-27T21:55:20-04:00December 30th, 2011|Push/Pull, Road Trips|11 Comments

Old Sturbridge Village

If you haven't been to Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, you're missing out on some great old hardware applications.  They recently had an exhibit of antique door pulls, and as soon as my first-grader saw it he said, "Mom!  I think you're going to want to get out your camera!"  :-)

By |2012-01-27T22:07:30-04:00September 8th, 2010|Funky Applications, Push/Pull, Stops|2 Comments

Custom Door Pulls

Someone sent me this photo of the custom door pulls made by Tice Industries for the Danner Shoe Manufacturing Company, and I thought they were so cool that I asked Scott Tice to send me more photos of their custom door pulls.  They have other custom capabilities as well, so check them out!

By |2013-02-09T01:16:23-04:00August 19th, 2010|Beautiful Doors, Push/Pull|4 Comments

Full Height Pulls

No matter how much time I spend thinking about doors and hardware (that's so sad), there's always someone waiting in the wings with a question or problem I haven't thought of yet.  When I worked for a hardware distributor, that usually meant that because I had never thought about that particular issue before, I had doors on a jobsite that were going to cost us time and money to fix.  Now that most of my work is earlier in the process (spec-writing), there's usually plenty of time to catch any coordination issues before the doors are actually fabricated.

By |2013-02-08T21:42:02-04:00March 23rd, 2010|Push/Pull|2 Comments

Door Pulls

Almost every week someone asks me about the clearance behind door pulls.  Many manufacturers' catalogs show certain pulls with a symbol indicating that they are accessible, and other pulls without the symbol.  About 10 years ago I called the Department of Justice (ADA), the International Code Council (CABO back then), and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (521 CMR) to get the real scoop.  All 3 agencies told me that there was no specific dimension required for clearance behind a door pull.  I was recently asked this question about a cabinet pull, so I made all 3 calls again to make sure I wasn't missing something.  I was again told that you need to be able to slide a flat hand behind the door pull, and to open the door without gripping the pull.  During both research projects I asked about a closed fist and was told that the clearance was not required to be large enough for a closed fist.

By |2014-04-22T12:55:47-04:00May 18th, 2009|Accessibility, Push/Pull|6 Comments

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