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Road Trips

And the winner is…

Terry Maguire of National Millwork in Mansfield, Massachusetts!  Terry correctly identified the delayed egress signage as the missing item on the post called “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” Here’s a link to my earlier post about delayed egress, including the requirement for signage. Others who correctly identified the problem: Bob Caron, Kelley Brothers Brendan Daley, […]

"Honey…Did you pack the Falcon exit device??"

I really enjoy blogging because I can talk to my fellow door and hardware professionals in a more personal way, without all the corporate-speak that makes my eyes glaze over (no offense, corporate speakers).  Well, this conversation is about to get a lot more personal.  I’m leaving on a family road trip tomorrow and I’m taking you with me. Why would anyone spend […]

Chip Off The Old Block

I guess it’s only fair.  If my family welcomes the new Falcon exit device along on our summer road trip, it should have a name that’s a little easier for the kids to remember than 25-R-L.  The first thing we had to determine was the gender of our device.  Although boats and cars are generally female, […]

Welcome to Paradise

We continued our road trip yesterday with a visit to the zoo and a drive through Amish Country.  A stop in Paradise confirmed that they could use some Falcon 24/25 exit devices out there, and Chip’s up to the challenge.  As I’ve said before, I’m very picky about which products I specify, and after taking this new […]

All Aboard!

Yesterday we drove from Front Royal, Virginia to Grassy Cove, Tennessee, which is a VERY long drive.  We usually plan on stopping somewhere for the kids to burn off some energy, and yesterday’s stop was at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke.  I can find an interesting (to me) hardware application just about anywhere, […]

Where’s the Beef??

There’s the beef! We’re in a beautiful spot in Grassy Cove, Tennessee, on a farm full of Black Angus cattle, Belgian draft horses, and Boer goats.  There’s literally not an exit device around for miles (except Chip, of course), but being surrounded by all of this beef gives me the perfect opportunity to talk about the noticeably […]

Number 50!!!

We interrupt this road trip to announce that this website has received visitors from 50 different countries!! And coincidentally, the 50th country to visit was Morocco, where my husband was born (and the visitor was NOT my mother-in-law!).  50 countries in the 2 months that I’ve been keeping track…so cool!  If you’re interested in seeing […]

Home of the Falcons

When Chip heard that we’d be passing through Atlanta he insisted on visiting the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons. We stopped for a look around, and he gawked at the banks of multiple exit doors, all equipped with Von Duprin 99 devices.  It was a proud moment for Chip, especially since the Falcon 24/25 […]

Where's Chip?

For all of you loyal late Friday afternoon and weekend blog readers, here’s another opportunity to win something from the Ingersoll Rand prize vault.  This morning, Chip visited the statue at left – where are we?  If you think you know, click here and scroll down to leave a comment with the answer.  I will […]

Cracker Barrel Shocker!!!

There are almost 600 Cracker Barrel restaurants in the United States and I’ve been to most of them.  Well…not most, but a bunch.  The kids like the food and there’s a lot of miscellaneous stuff on the walls that we can use to play, “Who can find the _______?”  When you drop a whole cup […]

10-Year Warranty

It’s true!  The new Falcon 24/25 device has a 10-year mechanical warranty (1-year electrical). 10 years is a really long time.  10 years ago I was single, living on my own, and working for Reyn and Harris at MPS Sales as the only specwriter in our office.  The highlight of my life at that point […]

Another Day, Another Zoo…

…Another funky hardware application. When we visited the zoo in Albany, Georgia, I saw this restroom door with applied wood trim and I thought it was pretty cool how they detailed the trim around the push plate and deadbolt.  Then I went inside and saw the homemade parallel arm shoe mounting bracket – YUCK! And just […]

Where's Waldo?

Today we headed north toward Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and on the way we passed through Waldo, Florida.  Apparently Waldo’s claim to fame is that it is one of two official speed traps designated by AAA.  The other is just up the road in Lawtey.  Lucky for us, the Waldo police were at Dunkin Donuts and […]

Cycle Testing

We’re in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the good news is that the specwriter Chip and I came to see has agreed to include Falcon exit devices in his specifications!  Yippee! The bad news is that we arrived a bit early for Bike Week, but I figured it’s still a good place to mention cycle testing.  […]

A Visit to Falcon

Today we drove from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Williamsburg, Virginia.  It was a long day in the car but Chip insisted that we stop in FALCON, North Carolina to buy some personalized souvenirs for him.  We had no luck with the FALCON souvenirs…Falcon is a VERY small town without even a general store, but […]

Doors of Busch Gardens

Several people have commented that I’m supposed to be on vacation, I should be relaxing, enjoying quality family time, etc.  Well, I just returned from 10 HOURS at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia and I am SO TIRED.  But I know I won’t be able to sleep if I don’t post something for you to […]

Is There a Doctor in the House?

If there weren’t a lot of doors at Busch Gardens, there were even less at Water Country, where we spent the day today.  For me, a day without hardware is like a day without sunshine, but I survived.  Since I don’t have any funky applications from today, I’ll answer a question from the mailbag.  Debbie […]

Colonial Williamsburg

Yesterday we decided that there was still too much to see so we can’t go home just yet.  We haven’t run out of clean clothes, so why not?  We spent the entire day taking in the sights of Colonial Williamsburg, without a thrill ride or water slide in sight.  I saw so many interesting doors […]

Heading Home

We’re on our way home today, and barring any surprises we’ll arrive tomorrow.  For the first time we’re hitting the road without knowing where we’ll be sleeping tonight, but I’m sure we’ll find a hotel and if not, I’ll be calling my Mid-Atlantic or Metro New York SSC buddies to see who has room at […]

Give Peace a Chance

We had planned to get on the road early yesterday afternoon but we ended up leaving Williamsburg around 5 p.m., about the same time everyone else coming home from everywhere decided to leave.  The traffic was terrible, and after 6 hours of driving we had gone as far as Elkton, Maryland and couldn’t stay in […]

Closer Seals

One of my (non-hardware industry) friends commented recently that she’s been reading this blog and can’t believe how complicated doors and hardware are.  It’s true!  There are a thousand ways to screw up a door and I’ve made my share of mistakes over the years, but at this point I often spot problems from across […]

And the Winners Are…

During Chip’s Road Trip I gave you two opportunities to join in by answering a trivia question.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  The two grand prize winners are listed below, and will receive a little something from the IR Prize Vault. Wayne Lozier of Kamco Supply correctly identified this statue as Mary Virginia Ginnie/Jennie Wade, […]

Doors of Providence, Rhode Island

Last week I took a trip down to Providence to visit one of my recent projects, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island Headquarters. I had a heckuva time finding it since it was a new address that my GPS didn’t recognize, but I found a shuttle bus driver who not only pondered the […]

Freedom for Chip

I’m sure that some of you remember the family road trip I took last summer, and the fact that I took along a Falcon exit device, nicknamed Chip Falcon. If you missed it, or if you just want to see the Doors of Colonial Williamsburg again, here’s a link to the series. Since we returned […]

"Welcoming ‘Chip’ to the Library"

If you’re new to this blog, you have a little catching up to do.  If you’ve been a loyal reader for a while, you know about “Chip Falcon.”  In a nutshell, I had to take a Falcon 24/25 series exit device on my family’s annual summer road trip last year.  During our travels the exit […]

Come Here Often?

If you visit this blog on a regular basis, you’ve probably noticed that there’s been a brief lull in posts. I could blame technical difficulties, illness, writer’s block, or a natural disaster, but the reality is that I’ve been preparing to go on vacation. A real vacation where my cell phone doesn’t work. Hard to […]

La Fortuna

I don’t really like to fly. I know about all of the airline safety statistics, but I just don’t like being confined and especially tens of thousands of feet up in the sky. I don’t like turbulence, even if it IS just bumpy air. I’m not buying it. So when we flew out of Atlanta […]

Hot! Hot! Hot!

A visit to any volcanic region wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the hot springs. We didn’t want to miss anything, so we visited two different hot springs resorts – The Springs, and Tabacón. The Springs Resort is very beautiful and quite new. We couldn’t figure out why it was empty until we visited […]

Caño Negro

Yesterday we went to Caño Negro, a wildlife refuge near the Nicaraguan border.  I saw no doors of note, but I did see a mother sloth with her baby, which was SO COOL!! We saw tons of other animals including iguanas and other lizards, caymans, white-faced and howler monkeys, at least 20 different kinds of […]

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Yesterday we jammed as much rainforest into one day as we possibly could.  In the morning we went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and had a 3-hour hike with our awesome guide / biologist, Eduardo.  He knew everything about the plants, birds, and animals of the reserve, and we learned A LOT. In the […]

Costa Rican Egress / Fire Protection

The hotel with the treacherous handicap ramp (see previous post) was actually a very nice little hotel, but it had some other code-related issues.  I think all of the issues stem from the lack of stringent building codes in Costa Rica, but they’re still a little scary for travelers who happen to be door hardware consultants. Our room […]

More Costa Rican Egress

When we drove through Santa Elena, we noticed a restaurant with a tree growing up through the middle of it.  It looked pretty cool, so we headed there for lunch after our 3-hour morning hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and before our afternoon hike at the Selvatura Hanging Bridges. (On the verge of […]

Jacó Beach

This may be in questionable taste, but I thought it was cute.  Hopefully anyone who is reading a website about doors and hardware won’t be offended by the mention of “pee.” I’ve included one last (for now) bathroom door closer application just to make this post door-related.  I hope you all appreciate how difficult it […]

Costa Rican Security

The picture at right has nothing to do with this post, but isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!  I had no idea that I had captured this sloth so well until I was putting a photo book together for my daughter’s preschool class over the weekend.  I took the picture in Caño Negro, and the sloth was waaaaaaaaayyyyyyy […]

Locked In!

We’re on our annual summer road trip, although I didn’t have the stamina to listen to the kids bicker all the way to Florida so it’s a much shorter trip than last year.  Before anyone asks, I don’t have a single piece of hardware with me on this trip. We’re staying in a pretty sketchy […]

The Three Bears

I typically try to stick to more technical topics or photos of creative applications related to doors, but I’m on vacation so I’ll be posting random photos and thoughts as I’ve done on other road trips (like these: Chip Falcon’s Road Trip, Escape to Costa Rica, Maine/VT 2010).  I don’t usually write about one brand […]

Another Hotel

I don’t stay in flea-bag motels – I really don’t.  That’s why it amazes me that almost every hotel I stay in has extreme issues with their fire doors.  I’m on a short vacation with my family, and as you can see from the graphic on the right, the resort consists of several connected 2-story […]

Assembly Egress

Hopefully you’re not getting sick of my vacation photos because I’ve got a few more.  This post has a special bonus at the end though – something I’ve NEVER seen before. This facility is an assembly occupancy which I’d estimate has an occupant load of a couple hundred people.  The main entrance has no door […]

Top Hinge Retrospective

We’re back from our vacation, but I have some more photos to share before I finish up this unplanned series on hotel doors.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, our hotel was a series of buildings connected by propped open, non-latching, damaged doors which were originally fire rated (as indicated by the painted labels).  […]

Just One More Hotel Post (for now)

These are the last few miscellaneous photos from our vacation, but never fear…I’m headed off for a Moms’ Weekend on Friday so maybe I’ll have some good (G-rated) spa photos for next week.  🙂 Hover your cursor over any photo for a description, click the photo to enlarge. You need to login or register to […]

MGM Grand Theater

As promised, I have some photos to post from my recent trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.  I don’t typically mention the locations of the photos I post, usually because I don’t want to get in trouble for showing their code violations.  Well, I’m not a gambler so I had plenty of time […]

Wicket Doors

The first time I ever saw a wicket door, it was for a post office project and I was working on the shop drawings.  I haven’t run into a whole lot of them since, but I saw a pair last weekend and risked the embarrassment of my friends to take some photos.  The employee at […]

Casino Wrap-Up

Considering how many photos I took of doors during my Mommy’s weekend at Foxwoods, it’s a good thing I’m not a gambler.  I wouldn’t have had any time to check out the doors if I was stuck at the slots.  I can’t imagine what Las Vegas will be like…I hope I don’t get arrested like […]

Carpet (Touch)Pad

I’m in Las Vegas for a meeting that starts in a couple of days, and I’m pretty sure I could find enough cool and creative doors here to last me for a few months. Today we visited Red Rock Canyon (not a lot of doors there), the Hoover Dam (more doors there than you’d think), […]

Frankly, I’m Disappointed

We saw this building from the highway on our way to Red Rock Canyon and it wasn’t hard to track it down and get the address. It was designed by Frank Gehry, and it’s a brain and cognitive center for the Cleveland Clinic. I’m no expert on brain-related stuff, but I think if I was […]

Ahoy There, Me Hardies

It’s not every day a pirate tells you that you’ve been partying too hard. I wish that was my problem. I actually woke up with laryngitis on Wednesday, which really stinks since I was headed out of town for a meeting. I’m feeling much better after a visit to the convenience clinic, but I still […]

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 […]

Ellis Island

I know some of you will remember “Chip Falcon’s Road Trip” from a couple of years ago.  For those of you who weren’t readers of this blog back then…I usually go on a road trip with my family every summer.  In the summer of 2009, I had to take a Falcon 25 series panic device […]

On the Road Again

The kids’ spring break begins tomorrow, so I’ve got my earplugs packed (literally) and we’re headed south on another road trip.  We’re planning to stop in DC Sunday morning to burn some energy and so I can check on the United States Institute of Peace.  I wrote the hardware spec quite a few years ago […]

United States Institute of Peace

I’ve been looking at this building on paper for at least 5 years, and although there were days when I wished for the fun to end, I knew it was going to be something special. Since we were in DC today, I took the opportunity to see the new headquarters for the United States Institute […]

WW: Vacation Home Neighbor

We’re still on vacation and saw almost no doors today, but we did meet our neighbor. Creepy! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

The National Zoo

On our way home we had great weather while we were in the DC area, so we decided to stop at the zoo and let the kids get some of the crazies out.  The lions were my favorite…a pride of 2 lionesses, 1 lion, and 7 cubs – just gorgeous.  I could have watched them […]

Blocked Egress Routes

We’re currently on our Summer 2011 Road Trip and I’m on the hunt for doors of interest, but so far I’m seeing more sights like this: But you’re in luck! Right before I left I got a huge batch of photos from Deputy Fire Marshal Daniel Wiltse, of the Bluffton Township Fire District in South […]

Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  My trusty guide for the tour was Rachel Smith of Karpen Steel, who suggested the Biltmore as a stop on my road trip and then arranged for the visit to the estate. If you haven’t been to the Biltmore Estate, you […]

Biltmore Bonus

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday weekend…I have to admit it was really nice to take some time off. I’ve been in Grassy Cove, Tennessee since Friday and there aren’t a whole lot of doors here, but luckily I’ve got some saved up from last week. We’re headed toward home tomorrow so […]

Lexington, Virginia

We only spent a brief segment of our road trip in Lexington, but it was long enough to spot a couple of doors of interest.  Our hotel was originally a single family residence and it’s on the Register of Historic Places.  We checked in pretty late at night but I immediately noticed the mess they […]

“¿Donde estan los churros?”

This weekend I left my computer at home (yes, really!) and headed to Cape Cod for my brother’s wedding.  The wedding was held in North Truro, and the kids had heard me say several times that we were going to “Truro.”  Well, my kids go to a bilingual school and are fluent in Spanish.  All […]

WW: More Vacation Photos

Here are some more vacation photos submitted by Eyal Bedrik of Entry Systems Ltd. The next time you’re on a road trip, don’t forget to take some photos for me!   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

New York Minute

Holy cow…I am bone-weary.  I feel like I ran on adrenaline the whole time I was in NYC, and the 5-hour ride home in the rain and snow was the icing on the cake. The days at the DHI Conference flew by, but what a great time!  I caught up with a lot of my […]

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

I’m on a mini-vacation with my family for the holidays, but I’ve already spotted some doors of interest for you so I will post those soon. I took a photo of a restaurant exit last night, and my friend’s son asked why.  His father said that the next time they pass the restaurant it will […]

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 […]

Road Trip – Cape Cod

It’s school vacation week and we took the kids to the Cape for a few days.  Here are some of the doors we’ve seen on our trip. The kids are AMAZED by the dollar bills taped all over the hotel bar.  The bartender told me that there are more than 10,000 bills. This windmill is […]

Battleship Cove – Fall River, Massachusetts

Whenever we’re on a family road trip, we try to find cool places to stop along the way to break up the ride.  Today we went to Battleship Cove, the world’s largest historic naval ship exhibit.  The museum is home to the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the USS Lionfish submarine, the battleship USS […]

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 […]

St. James Cathedral, Seattle

Last week I was a panelist for the BOMA Every Building Conference and Expo in Seattle.  It was a pretty busy couple of days but I was able to sneak out each day to see a little of the city, or visit the guy who was LockedInAHouse.  I LOVED the Pike Place Market…I was there […]

Medersa Abu al-Hassan, Salé Morocco

As many of you know, I am in Morocco for some vacation time combined with some work, and also working on some family issues with my mother-in-law’s estate.  We have made the most of each day, and I have seen (and photographed) lots of amazing doors.  I hope you don’t get sick of seeing them…”Darn!  […]

King Mohammed V Mausoleum, Rabat Morocco

Here are some photos of the beautiful sliding bronze doors at the tomb of King Mohammed V.  It was built in 1971, adjacent to La Tour (Tower) Hassan.  The minaret stands amidst support columns which were once part of a huge mosque destroyed in an earthquake.   The Mausoleum: La Tour Hassan: You need to […]

Bahia Palace, Marrakech Morocco

I hope you’re not getting tired of posts about beautiful Moroccan doors because I know I’m not tired of seeing them.  There are amazing doors EVERYWHERE in Morocco – adorned bronze, carved wood, hand-painted…absolutely gorgeous.  Yesterday I dragged the family to Bahia Palace in the 100-degree heat.  They were good sports about it and I […]

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca Morocco

I mentioned these gigantic doors in an earlier post, but I went back to see them again since we’re in the neighborhood.  The mosque wasn’t open for tours when we were there (the only way non-Muslims can go into a mosque), but I sent my husband in with a camera and he came back with […]

Glaoui Kasbah, Telouet Morocco

I know what you’re thinking…”Another day, another kasbah.”  🙂  I sincerely appreciate the chance to enjoy my vacation while still keeping up with my blog, email, etc., so thanks for bearing with me! We visited the Glaoui Kasbah in Telouet about a week ago.  I’ve wanted to go ever since I read about it in […]

Moroccan Lock Shopping

Here are some of the lock shops I visited while shopping for the locks in this post. This is the shop at the Glaoui Kasbah in Telouet where I bought the wood lock: Some more wood locks for sale there: This shop in Marrakech where I bought the camel bag lock had a wide variety […]

Locks Make Great Gifts

No, really!  They do! Today is my birthday (yes, I’m 29), and luckily for my family I bought all of my own gifts while we were in Morocco.  Some of my relatives there thought I was nuts, but I knew that some of you would appreciate my treasures, so here they are. I bought this […]

Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson

During a break in today’s BHMA meetings I took a drive south to see the Mission San Xavier Del Bac.  The mission was founded in 1692, and the current church was built between 1783 and 1797.  It is located in the center of a Papagon Indian settlement.  The mission has been constantly maintained and periodically […]

Doors of Morocco (November 2012)

This post was printed in the November 2012 issue of Doors & Hardware [Click here to download a reprint of this article.] In case you missed my Moroccan odyssey this summer, or if you traveled along with us virtually but wouldn’t mind a second look, I just got this reprint from the upcoming issue of […]

Los Sostenedores de la Puerta

I’m getting ready to head home from Arc-US in San Diego (which has been a fabulous conference!), and wondering how long it will be before someone tweets a photo of me singing on stage with the Dueling Pianomen.  Until then, here’s some signage the likes of which I’ve never seen before.  I’m in favor of […]

The Minister’s Treehouse – Crossville, Tennessee

I just returned from a trip to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Grassy Cove, Tennessee.  If you’re a long-time reader of IDH, you may remember when I visited them way back in 2009 for the Chip Falcon Road Trip (my brother did the cycle testing). When we visited last year, my brother and I […]

The Tampa Theatre – Tampa, Florida

This is a travel week for me – I’m in Tampa, Florida for the winter meeting of the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA – check out their new website!).  I have more posts in the works on school security and wired glass, but while I’m on the road, you know that I like to share […]

The Tampa Bay Hotel (Exterior) – Tampa, Florida

The Tampa Bay Hotel (although no longer a hotel) is an amazing building, especially once you hear about its history.  If you’ve got 15 minutes, check out this video: Here’s what the building looks like on Google Maps.  It’s gigantic! The building is now part of the University of Tampa campus, and one portion is […]

The Tampa Bay Hotel (Interior) – Tampa, Florida

I’m back in the snowy north, hunkered down while the snow piles up.  This is my last post from my trip to Tampa.  For next week I’m working on another post about glass (yes, there’s more!), as well as a post about school security – particularly the “creative” and often non-code-compliant methods I’ve seen a […]

Public House

As always when I travel, I’ve been on the lookout for interesting doors during my trip to Las Vegas.  I saw these last night at dinner.  They’re beautiful (and huge!) carved wood panels, hung on center pivots which are offset from the edge.  When the doors are closed (see below), there is a gap at […]

The Grand Canal Shoppes

This morning I went over to the Grand Canal Shoppes before the stores opened, to get photos of the unusual door pulls.  I’m pretty sure Security was tracking my every move, but apparently they decided I was harmless.   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Boston Strong

Last month I wrote about my experience on the day of this year’s Boston Marathon.  The slogan “Boston Strong” has emerged since then as the ultimate description of this city, which will not let senseless violence beat us down.  This weekend my friend and I took our kids downtown, and our first stop was the […]

Sneak Peek – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

When I began planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende, I had no idea that the city was known for its beautiful doors…there’s even a book about them!  I have a lot more door photos to post (and even an egress problem!), but for now, here’s a sneak peek… You need to login or […]

La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

For some of you, this story will confirm my nerdiness.  I’m ok with that.  My trip to San Miguel de Allende is almost over – we’re flying home on Saturday.  I have hundreds of door photos to sort through, and I will post some in the coming weeks.  But there was one pair of doors […]

Hursley House – Hampshire, England

Twelve years ago I was new to the town where I currently live, and I knew almost nobody.  It was hard to meet people back then – I had no kids and my husband and I both worked in other towns.  My family and a bunch of my friends were still back in Vermont, where […]

Public Library – Nashville, Tennessee

I’m in Nashville this week for the CONSTRUCT show, and I’ve been scoping out some of the beautiful doors in town. My 1 vs. 100 Fire/Life-Safety class went well today…nobody fell asleep or faked an injury so they could leave early. Tomorrow I have 1 vs. 100 Electrified Hardware at 2:45, so if you’re here […]

The Parthenon – Nashville, Tennessee

A few years ago I posted some reader photos and information about the replica of the Parthenon, in Nashville.  Since I’m here this week for CONSTRUCT, I went over early this morning to see it for myself.  I have one more day at CONSTRUCT, starting with the Bloggers’ Panel in room 205C of the Music […]

WW: Pool Access and Egress

Happy New Year!!! I can always count on my family road trips to result in some photos to share…remember the dollar bills on the ceiling, the Minister’s Treehouse, the day my kid got us locked in the hotel room, the super-steep h/c ramp in Costa Rica, Chip Falcon’s Road Trip, or the doors of Morocco?  We’re currently on […]

Doors of River Street – Savannah, Georgia

Before anyone says, “Why didn’t you stop and see me??”, we were only in Savannah for a quick lunch break.  🙂 Here are some interesting doors from the River Street vicinity… I saw this door and thought – “Cool!  Half-surface hinges!”  Ok – that makes me sound like a weirdo but that’s really what I thought.  […]

Back to Cape Cod

A few years ago I took my family to a resort on Cape Cod for winter break, and I spent this past weekend at the same resort.  On our first visit, I found a lot to write about…the hinges on all of the cross-corridor doors had been modified (sometimes very badly) and were no longer code-compliant […]

Las Vegas Encore

I’m in Las Vegas at ISC-West (come visit me in Allegion booth #20031 if you’re here!), so I won’t have time to write a post for today, but in case you missed my previous photos of the doors of Las Vegas…

Trump SoHo – NYC

I spent last weekend in New York City, and saw these beautiful leather entrance doors on the Trump SoHo. I’m not sure how practical they will be long-term, but they’re gorgeous now!…

Random Doors of Dallas

If you’re here in Dallas for DHI’s CoNEXTions 2014 and you see any beautiful or interesting doors, send me a clear photo and I’ll add it to this post! OH – and come to my class tomorrow (Friday) so I’m not all alone – CE1401 Codes and Standards Update at 1:30 in Senators Hall. Here are some that I’ve seen so far…

Doors of Burlington, Vermont

Last month I spent a long weekend in Burlington, Vermont, and of course I came home with some door photos to share…

Dar el Menia – Fez, Morocco

It’s that time of the year again, when I take a little time off and share some of the amazing doors I see in my summer travels.  This is a little personal, but THIS is my bedroom door for tonight.  Amazing right? The door of the salon is even bigger… High security, Moroccan style… Top […]

More From Fez

We spent a few hours in the Fez medina today.  There are beautiful doors EVERYWHERE!  Here are a few… From the Bou Inania Madrasa, an Islamic school that was built in the 1300’s! This beautiful door is in a gorgeous renovated riad: This door is super-skinny…at the other end of the spectrum from the gigantic […]

Chefchaouen, Morocco

I have to get on the road early today, so I only have time to post a teeny preview…I will post more tonight!

FF: From Chefchaouen

As much as I love the beautiful doors of Chefchaouen, I think I love the well-loved old doors with their patches and repairs even more. Here are some of my favorites for today’s Fixed-it Friday post…

Lock Shopping in Marrakech

This is not the first time I’ve shopped for locks in Marrakech (here are some photos from the last time), but today I stumbled upon two craftsmen in the haddadine (metalworkers’ souk) that made THE MOST AMAZING LOCKS. I bought one of the padlocks so I was able to take lots of photos of one of the shops. Check them out!

Locked in Mazagan

This was not the first time I’ve been locked in. My youngest daughter locked us in a hotel room on another summer road trip, and once I got locked in the Trinity Church stairwell. Hopefully being locked in Mazagan makes #3 of 3…

FF: Essaouira, Morocco

And now…for my last post from Morocco, some Fixed-it Friday photos from Essaouira. If you’ve never visited, it is a beautiful city with an old fort, a busy port, talented wood carvers, a sandy beach, fresh seafood, and the fattest cats in all of Morocco. Oh – and lots of doors that are fighting corrosion from the salt air. Enjoy!

Beautiful Doors of Baltimore

Here are some photos from last week’s trip to CONSTRUCT in Baltimore…I’m headed to Phoenix & Scottsdale soon, so let me know if there are doors there that I should share!

Bronx Zoo

As promised in Monday’s post, here are some of the doors we saw during our visit to the Bronx Zoo. Keep your camera ready during your summer vacation and send me some photos of interesting doors that you see (please)!

MFA Auditorium Egress

I often find that I am more cautious about modifying code requirements than even the AHJ. This opening is serving an Assembly occupancy, where delayed egress is not allowed by the IBC. In addition, the AHJ approved the 30-second delay instead of 15 seconds…

TD Garden, Boston

Some of you might be thinking…”Doors can’t be disguised like that!” but this mural is on the access or ingress side of the door, not the egress side. The model codes require means of egress doors to be readily distinguishable and easily recognizable as doors, but this requirement is typically applied to the egress side of the door…

School Courtyard Applications

I recently went on a field trip to an elementary school with Greg Thomson (Allegion specwriter) and a group of our specwriter apprentices, and we saw a couple of interesting applications in the courtyard. The courtyard is fully enclosed so a means of egress is required at each end…

Copper Doors

We visited Santa Clara del Cobre, a town known for it’s amazing copper work. I didn’t find a lot of copper doors, but the pair below is on the entrance to the Museo del Cobre. The doors are wood, with small copper overlays attached which look like they were done by various artisans…

NYC – Greenwich Lock & Safe

Some of you may remember the blog post below, which I first published in 2011.  Time flies!  When I visited Greenwich Lock & Safe and met locksmith and artist Phil Mortillaro, he told me that there was a documentary in progress about him.  The documentary is now available on! ~~~ I took the Acela […]

Take us with you!

It’s that time of year again, when lots of people go on vacation – remember the road trips I used to drag all of you on? This summer I’m taking the kids to Guatemala, so I don’t know how many interesting doors we’ll see…

¡Muchisimas Gracias! Thank You!

You may or may not have noticed, I have been on vacation with my kids in Guatemala for the last 2 weeks. I wrote all of my blog posts and articles before I left…

Guatemala and Beyond…

As I promised yesterday, here are a few doors from my recent trip to Guatemala. We saw so many amazing doors – big ones, small ones, ornate doors and utilitarian doors, lots of wicket doors, cool door knockers and other hardware…

WW: Who needs electrical codes??

Continuing with the Guatemalan theme (until tomorrow when I have a fire door question for you), I encountered this in a public restroom…

Mexico City Road Trip

By now you have likely heard about the earthquake that caused property damage, injuries, and deaths in Mexico City and the state of Puebla on Tuesday.  This one followed on the heels of another earthquake about a week and a half before, near the border of Mexico and Guatemala.  I am fine and we didn’t […]

Elevator Hoistway Doors

I just saw these doors in a hotel, so it seems like a good time to write about the requirements for doors at an elevator hoistway.

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