Reader Photos

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 session for you after work tonight.  ;)

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 for the job?

By |2013-02-08T23:28:09-04:00January 8th, 2013|Means of Egress, Panic Hardware, Reader Photos|27 Comments

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 crusaders beginning in 1168.

By |2013-02-08T23:04:47-04:00June 21st, 2012|Beautiful Doors, Reader Photos, Road Trips, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 hospital, school, university, or other type of facility in the area and want to make sure that you're prepared, let me know and I'll put you on the invitation list.

By |2012-03-12T23:15:43-04:00March 12th, 2012|Fire Doors, Locks & Keys, Panic Hardware, Reader Photos|2 Comments

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 love so much.  :-)  Instead, I'll get my e-mailbox cleaned out and post the photos sent in by blog readers.  I really need to think of a catchy nickname for fans of this blog - like Trekkies (Star Trek fans) and Gleeks (fans of the TV show Glee).  Got any ideas?

By |2012-01-27T21:58:45-04:00March 13th, 2011|Reader Photos|5 Comments

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:

By |2012-01-27T21:58:45-04:00March 2nd, 2011|Reader Photos, Road Trips, Stops|0 Comments

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.  :-)

By |2013-02-09T00:29:44-04:00January 28th, 2011|Means of Egress, Reader Photos|6 Comments

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!):

By |2012-08-02T09:51:38-04:00August 30th, 2010|FDAI, Fire Doors, Means of Egress, Reader Photos|3 Comments

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.

By |2012-01-27T22:07:30-04:00August 12th, 2010|Means of Egress, Panic Hardware, Reader Photos|4 Comments

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 without a wiring diagram, which can be extremely tough if there's other hardware involved.  I feel a site visit coming on.

By |2013-12-04T23:51:01-04:00July 22nd, 2010|Automatic Operators, Funky Applications, Reader Photos|5 Comments

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!

By |2012-01-27T22:07:31-04:00July 13th, 2010|Beautiful Doors, Reader Photos|0 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.

By |2013-12-27T00:24:46-04:00June 25th, 2010|Funky Applications, Reader Photos|0 Comments

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 that these don't need to be temp rise doors, this opening is in Israel so I'm not sure which code was in use when they were installed.

By |2012-01-27T22:07:32-04:00June 7th, 2010|Door Closers, Funky Applications, Reader Photos|0 Comments

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 to a weight that the green outfit is hanging on.  Complicated, but pretty inexpensive as long as you don't need door control.  ;-)

By |2012-01-27T22:07:32-04:00June 3rd, 2010|Door Closers, Funky Applications, Reader Photos|0 Comments

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 building during a fire.  The doors also had kick-down holders, so they're not self-closing either.  :-(

By |2012-01-27T22:07:33-04:00May 24th, 2010|Funky Applications, Panic Hardware, Reader Photos|0 Comments

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 would know who'd been hanging on the closer arm.  Ingenious!

By |2012-01-27T22:07:33-04:00May 17th, 2010|Funky Applications, Reader Photos|1 Comment

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 about hardware.  Any hardware people who have attended a class in a hotel meeting room can vouch for the scary hardware applications you can find there.

By |2012-01-27T22:07:34-04:00April 7th, 2010|Funky Applications, Means of Egress, Reader Photos|1 Comment

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 1721.   It was rebuilt in 1864 and destroyed again in 1948.  The most recent reconstruction began in 2005, and the reconstructed synagogue was officially opened on March 15, 2010.

By |2016-01-06T11:18:38-04:00March 29th, 2010|Beautiful Doors, Reader Photos|0 Comments

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 to light.

By |2012-01-27T22:08:02-04:00February 27th, 2010|Fire Doors, Funky Applications, Reader Photos|1 Comment

This website or its third party tools use cookies, which are necessary to its functioning and required to achieve the purposes illustrated in the cookie policy. If you want to know more or withdraw your consent to all or some of the cookies, please refer to the cookie policy. By closing this banner, scrolling this page, clicking a link or continuing to browse otherwise, you agree to the use of cookies.

This website or its third party tools use cookies, which are necessary to its functioning and required to achieve the purposes illustrated in the cookie policy. If you want to know more or withdraw your consent to all or some of the cookies, please refer to the cookie policy. By closing this banner, scrolling this page, clicking a link or continuing to browse otherwise, you agree to the use of cookies.