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Retrofit Dogging

I’ve spent several phone calls this week discussing “dogging” with one of my favorite clients.  I guess it is kind of hard to keep straight if you’re not a hardware person.  The term “dogging” refers to holding the latch(es) of a panic device retracted to create a push/pull function.  When the panic device is dogged, […]

Manual Flush Bolts

Here’s a little reminder to make sure you size the top rod correctly when using manual flush bolts on doors that are over 7′ tall.  Most manufacturers offer a top rod that is 12″ (standard), 24″, 36″, or 48″ long.  In this application, I would have probably specified panic hardware on both leaves depending on the […]

Special Template Update

If you’re a frequent visitor to this site you probably know the story…I posted a photo of a concealed closer that is installed so that it’s visible through the frame face, and the hardware supplier/installer saw the photo on my site and emailed me to tell me the situation.  Apparently it was not a mistake […]

Rod Guards

I’m a big fan of creative hardware applications like these PVC rod guards on an exterior pair in a high school, but I think they should have considered adding some bottom latch guards.  The latches don’t even have their covers!   FYI…Von Duprin does manufacture rod and latch guards – the RG-27, also available as a rod […]

Where there’s a will, there’s a way…

I love seeing the inventive ways people install door hardware, and it seems like the product with the most creative installations is the door closer.  LCN thought their stick-on installation templates would take the creativity out of door closer installation, but there are still plenty of inventive installations out there. Here are a couple from […]

Violators Will Be Fined!

When a delayed egress lock is used on an egress door, the codes require signage instructing the building occupant to “PUSH UNTIL ALARM SOUNDS, DOOR CAN BE OPENED IN 15 SECONDS.” When the code official approves a 30-second delay, the signage must reflect that increase.  At least the signage on this egress door (yes, there […]

9 Out of 10 Birds Surveyed Prefer LCN

I have a lot of pet peeves – just ask my family.  One of my pet peeves is when I see a door closer on the “wrong” side of a door.  It could be the corridor side of an electric room, the outside of a bathroom, or, like the photo to the left, the weather […]

Panic Hardware on Balanced Doors

Last week, someone asked me about code requirements related to panic hardware on balanced doors.  (If you’re not sure what a balanced door is, there’s a good explanation here.)  The project in question is in Israel, and apparently the code requirements there do not include any specific requirements for panic hardware on balanced doors.  However, […]

“Look Out Beloooow!!!”

Just when I think I’ve seen it all, someone always surprises me.  I received this photo today, and at first I couldn’t really tell what was going on.  Then I realized that the pipe has been cut to length to act as a hold-open.  That’s a first!  When I asked what was holding the pipe […]

In Case of Smoke…

I’ve seen plenty of inventive hold-open devices on fire-rated doors, but I’ve never seen instructional signage to go along with them!  Coincidentally, I received photos of a chain hold-open and the signage for a chain hold-open on the same day from two different people.  The photos are not from the same facility or even the […]


I usually try to use the photos of Doors Gone Wrong to illustrate a code or product issue but tonight I’m at a loss for words.  I received the photo on the left from a local hardware supplier, who was called to a job-site to look at a “lock problem.”  Apparently the lockset and deadbolt […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of *Turkey Day*, here are some absolutely gorgeous “Doors of Turkey”: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Photo Credits: Levent Sadik Kucukdaban, Yucel Tellici, Sophia Tsibikaki, Serdar Yagci, Sufi70, Erik deGraaf, Refik Ongan. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Not a Door

The cool thing about writing a blog from my little office within a very large company is that I write about whatever strikes me at the time. Unlike many corporate bloggers, I am not told what to write about and my posts aren’t approved before they’re posted. I’m grateful that I have that freedom, because […]

European Aluminum Doors

I have recently run into aluminum doors on a few different projects which have unusually small jambs – the jamb depth of the aluminum extrusion is very close to the door thickness.  So imagine a 2″ thick aluminum door and a jamb that is just a little wider than that. It’s extremely difficult to use […]

Survey Q4: “What are some ‘rules’ regarding fire doors?”

This is the 4th post in a series about fire doors and the results of a recent (unscientific) survey. The survey results included some pretty good answers as to what the rules for fire doors might be.  Quite a few people knew that fire doors should be kept closed, but there’s an important clarification I […]

Full Surface Hinge

I’ve been writing a lot about fire doors lately, and specifically about what bad condition many existing fire doors are in.  The codes have always required fire doors to be kept in good working order, but with the specific requirement for the annual inspection of fire doors it will hopefully bring more of these deficiencies […]

Doors of the Hurva

It has been a while since I’ve received a new batch of photos from Israel but these were worth the wait.  The Hurva is a reconstructed synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem, with a long, storied history.  Construction on the original synagogue began in the early 1700’s, but the unfinished building was destroyed in […]

Hotel Meeting Rooms

It’s a little scary how excited I get when I find photos in my inbox…mostly because it makes the subsequent post pretty easy and I don’t have to try to make the doors I see during my own wanderings meaningful.  I received these photos from one of our esteemed trainers, who travels around teaching people […]

Please Do Not Sit

My old buddy George Nimee used to tell a story about a school custodian who put black grease on the top of all the closer arms in the school.  When the kids jumped up and grabbed the closer arm their hands would get all greasy, they’d wipe their hands on their shirts, and the custodian […]

Retrofit Dogging Pin

I’ve seen lots of creative ways of dogging fire exit hardware, but this one gets an “E” for Effort (along with an “F” for Fail).  These devices are on fire doors in a hotel ballroom, and while someone went to great lengths on this modification, these doors are supposed to be self-latching to compartmentalize the […]

Sortie D’Urgence. Briser et Presser.

This is a new one.  Translation: “Emergency Exit. Break and Press.” I don’t think so. Photo courtesy of Pierre-André Couture , Consultant Solutions d’Ouvertures, St Nicolas Québec. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Every day I find a new excuse to avoid reading and writing about smoke doors.  I swear I’ll get back to them, but as construction gets rolling again we’re getting really busy. My latest excuse arrived via email this morning.  Some of my friends just went to Paris, and one of them sent me a […]

Gravity Closer

I think I’m onto something…asking everyone to send their vacation photos of oddball hardware applications has already netted me several, including this photo of a gravity closer from Quebec City.  The cable goes from the face of the door, through the pulley that the brown outfit is hanging on, then through another pulley and attaches […]

Another Gravity Closer

I’m off to Carmel this week so it’s going to be a busy one.  I don’t know if I’ll get to the next smoke door post but I’ll post some more application photos to tide you over.  Here’s another gravity closer with a bonus padlock on a temperature rise egress door.  And before someone comments […]

Notre Dame des Victoires

After my request for readers to send me photos of hardware applications seen on their summer vacations, I received some photos of the entrance doors to the  Notre Dame des Victoires Church in Quebec City, Canada.  The church was erected in 1688, and is Quebec’s oldest stone church. To the untrained eye, these look like […]

Reader Photos

I love to receive photos from people who read my blog, and a couple of weeks ago I hit the jackpot.  Within 24 hours I received a bunch! First, a set from Andy Lindenberg, one of our specwriters from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies – Great Lakes (note the location of the exit sign above the […]

Irish Castle Doors

Unfortunately, these door photos from Ireland are not mine, since I’m currently on a stay-cation in the 95-degree heat.  I received them from Bob Caron of Kelley Brothers of New England, and they were taken by his niece, Emily Hogue, on a recent trip to Ireland.  Thanks Emily! These are from the Clontarf Castle Hotel […]

Reader Photos

As I’ve said before, it makes me really happy when people send me photos of door and hardware applications they’ve seen in the field.  I’m REALLY happy today because my inbox is full! From Mark Little of National Millwork, I received a photo of this super-ugly application he found on the exterior door to the […]

Force = Mass x Acceleration

Since it’s one hour until Friday and I’ve had a very long week trying to catch up from being on vacation, here’s some door-humor (yes, really).  It’s an automatic door on the Columbia University Physics building.  The auto operator was being replaced with an LCN Senior Swing, but the installers were struggling through the installation […]

Reader Photos

Some creative and unusual hardware applications sent in by blog readers: From James Caron of Kamco Supply of New England, a rated elevator door with deactivated spring hinges and a luggage cart just in case they suddenly became self-closing again, and a mismatched mag-holder and armature location rectified with a chain: Sent by Bob Caron […]

Reader Photos

The good news is that these doors are being replaced, presumably with doors that will provide security without jeopardizing life safety.  The bad news is that this is a popular restaurant and their main entrance doesn’t come close to meeting the requirements for egress. I usually see cane bolts like this used to hold the […]

Reader Photos

Maybe I should have a new series called “Jeff Tock’s Photos.”  🙂  Jeff is one of the Ingersoll Rand trainers who travels the world teaching people about hardware, and he sees a lot of “special applications.”  Jeff sent me this group of photos recently (thanks Jeff!): This bank of doors is in a large convention […]

All Fixed!

My site has been moved to a new server so hopefully all of the technical difficulties are behind us and I can get on with the important stuff – DOORS!  🙂 If you find any glitches, broken links, etc., please let me know.  And if you need a new website or help with an existing […]

Reader Photos: Cruise Ship Doors

I have received SO MANY reader photos lately – THANK YOU!  Jim White of Doornorth & Millwork Specialties sent me a whole bunch of door photos from a recent cruise that he went on.  I think I need to go do some research! Does anyone know what the little hinged panel is at the bottom […]

Reader Photos

Here are some more reader photos that have recently hit my (e)mailbox… To continue our cruise ship theme, these photos were taken by Bill Negron of Lotspeich.  This is an automatic operator on a cruise ship that opens the door of an accessible bathroom stall.  The operator is concealed in the ceiling, and the arm […]

Reader Photos

I’m in the mood to clean house (figuratively speaking only), so here’s the latest collection of reader photos to hit my inbox.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send them.  More, please.  🙂 These are from Nolan Thrope of the Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies office in New York City (hover to […]

Reader Photos

I received lots of reader photos while I was going on and on about hotel doors.  Here they are! From Mark Lineberger of Valley Doors & Hardware, a view of a bottom latch that most people never see.  I wonder how many bottom latches on rated doors are actually able to engage in the strike.  […]

Reader Photos

My inbox is overflowing with reader photos again.  Thanks everyone! From Jerry Heid of Advantage Lites and Louvers / Zero International, a gravity closer on a restaurant entrance: From Adam King of Vulcan Lock, a reminder of why closers shouldn’t be installed on the exterior: From Nolan Thrope of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies – Metro-NY, […]

Reader Photos

I received a giant batch of photos today from a deputy fire marshal, and I could barely wait to post them.  Whenever I get photos or comments from code officials I feel like the nerdy kid who got to sit with the cool kids at lunch one day.  🙂 My favorite photo of the bunch […]

WW: Great Wedge of China

This Wordless Wednesday post can’t be completely wordless (that’s nothing new).  These photos were sent to me by my friend and colleague, Kurt Roeper, who is traveling in China at the moment and reports that idighardware/ihatehardware is banned in China.  Here’s Kurt’s note that came along with the photos: “It can now be confirmed that […]

Reader Photos

Holy smokes!  I guess I haven’t posted reader photos for a while because I have SO MANY piled up in my e-mailbox.  I have a really busy week and I’ll be traveling to Connecticut to do a fire door inspection, so I won’t have a lot of time for those wordy, informative posts you all […]

More Reader Photos

Still cleaning out the e-mailbox… This one just in from Ted Wightman of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies…creative “dogging” on a cylindrical lock: Justin Ritter of ASSA Abloy DSS sent in some photos of a really cool pivoting door at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee.  I found a couple more shots on Flickr that show […]

Even More Reader Photos

Eyal Bedrik of Entry Systems Ltd. sent me a plethora of photos recently.  I think he sent his entire “Creative Closers of Israel” file.  🙂 Steve Poe of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies found this door at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: And from Dave Saltmarsh of Westfield State College, a couple […]

Reader Photos

Here’s the latest batch of photos sent in by blog readers.  Thanks everyone! The photos were sent in by Jim Bystry of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, and were sent to him by Randy Roberts of Chown Hardware.  Have any of you seen a lock like this?  Tell us about it!  [I was originally told that […]

Reader Photos

It warms my heart when someone says, “I saw this door and I thought of you.”  🙂  That’s what Angie Sutton of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies wrote when she sent me this photo of an old vault door on a storage room at the county courthouse: Travis Willis of American Direct sent this photo of […]

Doors of Indiana

I coincidentally received these two sets of photos on the same day.  Who knew there was such cool hardware in Indiana?? These are from Mary Hinton of Mulhaupt’s.  I’ve never seen hinges like these.  Have you? And from Cory Yamaguchi of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, amazing pulls on art gallery doors.  Thanks to both of […]

Reader Photos

I have spent this entire week at our corporate office, so I haven’t had a lot of time for posting.  In return for your patience, next week I will post the third and final article from Lewis C. Norton’s “How I Discovered Door Checks.”  That seems fair, right? I’m here in Carmel with about a […]

Reader Photos

How about some reader photos to ease you into the weekend? 😀 Jim Lenox of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies found a rescue hardware application I had never seen before.  Instead of a cased opening frame, the door is mounted on the stop.  Is this how they used to do a rescue hardware door in the […]

More Reader Photos

These ALL came from Jeff Tock, one of our national trainers who spends most weeks traveling around conducting classes and sees a lot of doors in the process.  Jeff will be here in New England in a few weeks conducting the “Preparing for a Fire Door Inspection” class for facilities.  If you work for a […]

Reader Photos

My friend Nolan Thrope of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies really knows how to make a girl cry: Now that I think about it, Jeff Tock of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies makes me cry too: I know Eyal Bedrik of Entry Systems Ltd. is NOT responsible for any of these applications, but I love when he […]

Reader Photos

Danny Estryk of Entry Systems Ltd. sent me these photos of some very early offset pivots.  The wood doors and the other portion of the pivots that were attached to them are long gone, but the stone portion remains.  This opening is at the Belvoir Fortress in the Jordan Valley of Israel, built by the […]

Reader Photos

I have LOTS of reader photos that I haven’t had a chance to edit and post, so here’s the first batch!  Thank you for sending them, and keep them coming!  I’ll try to work faster in 2013! I received these photos from Mark Scanlan of New Hampshire Safe and Lock.  I guess this store needed […]

Reader Photos

First, I need some help.  I’ve seen photos of this application a few times (including this one from Jim Jensen of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies), but what do you use to attach the two closers together?  Is it something that has to be custom made, or is there a standard part that can be repurposed […]

Reader Photos – Closer Edition

I have A LOT of photos that have been sent in by readers of this blog – THANK YOU!  Here is the first batch, which all feature closers in various states of problematic. I received this one from Curtis Meskus, a building commissioner.  This is installed on a 40″ wide door, which “hits you on […]

More Reader Photos

I know it’s not Wordless Wednesday, but this photo from Alec Walsh of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies definitely left me wordless! This photo of a retail store’s emergency exit was sent by a code official asking what I though of the set-up.  It looks to me like an alarmed device and a delayed egress mag-lock.  […]

Even More Reader Photos

OK…who knows what’s wrong with the door in this photo, sent in by Jeff Tock of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies? Here are a couple more sent by Jeff.  The second one is obvious, but can you tell what’s wrong with the first one? This exit lock was the height of technology back in the early […]

Reader Photos

Time to clean out the inbox!  Here’s the first batch: A couple people have asked about construction labels lately.  I wrote about construction labels a while ago, but today I received these photos from David Seeley of Clark Security.  Anyone want to guess why these stair doors have a construction label? Jeff Tock of Ingersoll […]

Reader Photos – What’s wrong with this picture?

I’ve received lots of photos lately that illustrated problems with how products were specified, supplied, or installed.  So let’s play…what’s wrong with this picture??? a) John Gant of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sent this fire door photo.  Anybody see a potential problem here? b) Tim Slaughter of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sent me this photo […]

Reader Photos

Thank you to everyone who has sent me photos of doors they’ve seen in their travels (or while laying on the couch).  Kelly Chimilar from Allmar Inc. noticed these doors with an obvious egress problem while watching Thursday Night Football.  If you don’t know what the problem is, I will hold a special online study […]

Reader Photos

It’s been a while, so here are some of the many photos I’ve received from y’all… Eric Miles of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies saw some evidence that a flush end cap has advantages… And he also sent me a photo of one of my favorite special templates (LCN has more than 3,000 special templates!).  Anyone […]

Reader Photos and Help Wanted

The photos from readers have piled up in my inbox again – thank you to everyone who has submitted them!  I will post more next week and try to get the pile under control.  I’ve also had a couple of requests for help… Kelly Corbett of Corbett Lock needs some help replacing a key for […]

Reader Photos

Here’s a big group of reader photos from the emailbox! Hal Kelton of DoorData Solutions spotted this modification to a magnetic holder in a hospital, and a padlocked classroom door.  🙁   Paul Goldense of Goldense Building Products sent me these photos of a heavy duty door stop on a manufacturing facility: More photos from the Polar Vortex, from […]

Reader Photos

I’m in Dallas this week to teach DHI’s COR140 – Using Codes and Standards and then attend the DHI Conference – CoNEXTions 2014. It’s a crazy-busy week, so it may be a full week of reader photos. If you’ve been hoarding your awesome door photos, send them along!

Reader Photos

It’s been a really long time since I posted a collection of reader photos because I’ve been using a lot of these submissions for Wordless Wednesday and Fixed-it Friday. Here are some of the reader photos that have been patiently waiting in my inbox…

More Reader Photos

Austin Baumann of Central Indiana Hardware sent me this photo of the emergency exit in a mirror maze. This would be considered a special amusement building – I wrote about some of the requirements for those occupancies here. I have often seen means of egress modifications…

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