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Wordless Wednesday

WW: Special Knowledge and Effort

These doors are an egress problem waiting to happen, and on an assembly occupancy where large numbers of people may need to exit quickly…

WW: Works just fine…

Eyal Bedrik of Entry Systems Ltd. sent me this Wordless Wednesday video…who can diagnose the problem?

WW: Hotel Hinges

Considering the liability a hotel could face if their fire door assemblies failed to perform during a fire, the repair methods employed by many hotels seem pretty irresponsible.

WW: Work It Out

Have your friends and family started noticing hardware problems and code issues? Or do they still roll their eyes when you stop to take photos to submit for Wordless Wednesday or Fixed-it Friday?

WW: Movie Theater – No Exit

Someone obviously knew that they were rendering the exit unusable…I just wonder if anyone confirmed that this egress door was no longer required.

WW: Water Feature

I have never seen anything like these Wordless Wednesday videos that were sent to me by Mary Hinton of Mulhaupt’s, Inc. This may be more than a rain drip can handle.

WW: College Dorm Exit Stair

This summer I visited quite a few colleges, and this dorm left me Wordless. 🙁 Can you find all of the code-related issues with these fire doors and egress doors?

WW: Retail at the Beach

When some people go to the beach, they take photos of sunsets and sea creatures. I take photos of doors, panic hardware, and non code-compliant attempts to mitigate water infiltration. Enjoy! 🙂

WW: Rest Area Hardware Modification

I’m guessing this was not what the architect had in mind when he or she designed this rest area lobby with pairs of all-glass doors. Why have a vestibule at all?

WW: Mortised Parallel Arm Shoe

I’ve never seen this particular closer mounting before…how about you? I wonder about the strength of anchoring the shoe to the top of the door, and the critical tolerances of the mortise.

WW: Seem legit to you?

This door with a mangled fire door label on the latch side was seen in a nursing home. Any theories about what happened here?

WW: Exit Alarm

Today’s my birthday and I’ve got a Wordless Wednesday present for you. Look closely at this grocery store exit…any theories about what is happening here, or how it operates in an emergency?

WW: Shhh…nobody will ever know!

Just because closer reinforcements are not visible doesn’t mean they aren’t necessary! Yes – this is a fire door.

WW: Hanging by a Thread

Jess Dey sent me today’s Wordless Wednesday photo…SCARY!

WW: Big Box

Jim Elder of Secured Design not only saw this situation and sent me these Wordless Wednesday photos, he alerted employees of the store about the problem. Kudos to Jim!

WW: Happy 4th!

Technically these classroom doors were probably decorated for Veterans Day but they’re the most patriotic doors I could find. What do you think…code-compliant or not?

WW: What’s wrong with this picture?

See anything odd in these Wordless Wednesday photos from Scott Straton of Allegion?

WW: Safety vs. Security

I’m confused about this conflict between newly-adopted code requirements and what the media is reporting. Can anyone share some insight?

WW: Why Bother?

These Wordless Wednesday photos, from Geno Markette of Yates and Felts, are not just your run-of-the-mill padlocked-gate photos.

WW: Old Fire Hose

As a last resort, I support using whatever is on hand to secure/barricade the door. But if we have time to look at the school’s current situation and plan the response – is this REALLY the best we can do?

WW: Exploded View

The last time I posted a photo of a closer that had exploded, some of the readers thought it was Photoshopped. Here’s another one.

WW: I have no words.

These Wordless Wednesday photos also qualify for Fixed-it Friday but I couldn’t wait two more days to post them.

WW: Fixed Forever

We’ve all seen the back-of-house doors in shopping malls…they’re often good examples of what-not-to-do.

WW: Break Out

I think these Wordless Wednesday photos may permanently affect my ability to speak.

WW: Hay! Let’s have a party!

#Wordless, from the Champaign Illinois Fire Department’s Facebook page…

FF: Definitely Not an Exit

#Wordless Friday from Gregory Kelly of Allegion…

WW: Electrical Room Pair

I’m not an expert on the electrical codes, but this just seems wrong to me.

WW: Blocked Exit

A fire station? REALLY?? This reminds me of a fire station I visited a while back…

WW: HOW TO GET UNSTUCK!

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photos came from Colin Watson of Allegion, who saw this sign in a coffee shop. I guess this is one way to address a non-code-compliant door.

WW: Is this panic hardware?? (no)

This type of lock is not panic hardware. We need to be aware of these claims and prepared to address them when questions arise.

WW: Ouverte (ou non)

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photos are from a very large expo center. Although the creative slide bolt was unlocked when the photo was taken, it’s scary to think about the potential for human error, or lack of egress for firefighters who might be in the building when it is otherwise unoccupied.

WW: Classroom Security

“He believes school officials could do more to prepare teachers for intruders, whether by investing in padlocks so they aren’t scrambling for ways to barricade doors…”

WW: 9 Years

I can hardly believe that iDigHardware is 9 YEARS OLD!

WW: Retrofit Security

I’ll just leave this right here. Zoom in, look around, and share your thoughts in the reply box.

WW: PA or TJ?

After you check out today’s Wordless Wednesday photo, can you help with some questions from iDH readers?

WW: Lockdown Lowdown

Since it’s Wordless Wednesday, here is a photo that Jim Phillips of SBS Associates sent me from a school walk-through. Luckily the school’s security precautions kept these intruders out.

WW: Classroom Door Intruder Lock – Homemade Science

I’m losing hope.

WW: Antique Shop Emergency Exit

Deputy Jeff Tock of Allegion found this “emergency exit” while he was out antiquing. I wonder how building occupants are supposed to exit in an emergency…I guess the store is not expecting one to occur.

WW: Wisconsin Teen’s Door-Locking Device Offers Extra Safety In Active Shooter Situations

When this story was posted on Facebook yesterday, several people attempted to address the code issues associated with the teenager’s invention. A commenter posted a link to one of my articles, and another commenter called my article “a fallacy”!

WW: Sudden Drop

8 Floors – YIKES!

WW: Small World / Full Circle

Last week I posted a Wordless Wednesday video sent to me by Eyal Bedrick of Entry Systems Ltd. in Israel. The video showed an all-glass door exploding into a zillion pieces when the door opened against the sidelight.

WW: Whoa.

Eyal Bedrick of Entry Systems Ltd. sent me this Wordless Wednesday video. This is one of the reasons good door control is important!

WW: Salty Crew

Rich Howard of Architectural Builders Supply sent me today’s Wordless Wednesday photo. I’ll give it a C+ for effort, but an F for egress.

WW: What’s missing?

This Wordless Wednesday video is from the Daily Mail…what’s missing from this application?

WW: No Seasonal Adjustment Needed

In certain parts of the US and Canada I’ve heard that it’s getting chilly…here’s one way to deal with that pesky problem of closer fluid that thickens in the cold weather and slows down the closing speed.

WW: Hotel Fails

Ian Baron of Katonah Architectural Hardware sent me this link to an article in the Daily Mail, and although only a few of the fails in the article are door-related, the photos definitely left me Wordless!

WW: “Anger as table is spotted in front of fire door…”

This is the moment I’ve been dreaming of…an article in the Somerset (UK) News about someone tweeting their anger regarding the placement of a table and chair in front of an egress door!

WW: Duct, Duct, Goose!

All I can say is…wow. That’s a pretty nice modification to the duct to accommodate the closer arm…

WW: Protection Plates (protection from what?)

I received this Wordless Wednesday photo from both Estefano Pilonieta and Rossen Marinov, so I’m sharing it with the rest of the iDigHardware world (originally posted on Reddit)…

WW: Warehouse Exit

I really don’t know what to say about this Wordless Wednesday photo, which was sent to me by Jim Heberlein of Block Iron & Supply Company. The good news is, the doors and hardware are being replaced!

WW: School Entrance Security

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photos were sent by Austin Bammann of Central Indiana Hardware. This is NOT the way I would provide security at the entrance to a school. 🙁

WW: Furniture Store

I know of several fires where the fire door protected the store from a fire in the warehouse; the doors in this photo won’t be providing any protection whatsoever…

WW: Emergency Escape Chute

This video made the rounds on social media last week. I will refrain from commenting since it is Wordless Wednesday…

WW: How You Can Help Spot Fire Hazards

I was so excited to see this video from the Texas State Fire Marshal’s office talking about egress and fire hazards, but I noticed a little problem with one of the doors. Can you find it?

WW: Hinge-Hasp

Thank you to Curtis Meskus for these Wordless Wednesday photos.  This pair leads to a storage room in a motel.  I have a feeling these will show up in one of my nightmares sometime soon.   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Rope and Cleat System

I give up. Not really. I will never give up.

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…

WW: Emergency Exit

I. Have. No. Words.

WW: Too Short

The most amazing thing about today’s Wordless Wednesday photos is that the panic hardware has been installed this way for YEARS, and on a fast-food restaurant!

WW: School Asks 100 Graffiti Artists To Paint It Before Renovation…

This is amazing. Really. You can see ALL of the beautiful photos and read the story here on Bored Panda, but these are a few of my favorite door-related images from the article…

FF: Deadbolt Retrofit

These photos, from Kelly Reese of Allegion, qualify for the double-whammy – Wordless Wednesday AND Fixed-it Friday. But don’t worry…it is indeed Friday! Have a great weekend!

WW: Mall Exit

Why is it that when something goes wrong with the existing hardware, some facilities use the hardware equivalent of a band-aid rather than repairing or replacing the hardware?

WW: Essence Superlounge

“At around 8:45 p.m., Captain Michael Flot of the New Orleans Fire Department faced an angry crowd of hundreds outside of the Essence Superlounge to tell them they would not be able to see Xscape that night. ‘This is the worst I’ve ever seen it,’ Flot said.”

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…

WW: Party Prep

Rich McKie sent me today’s Wordless Wednesday photo of a high school lobby, which was being prepared for a “Dry Grad” overnight graduation party coordinated by a parent committee…

WW: Kool-Aid Follow-Up

Last week I posted a photo of the egress side of a “door” through some sheetrock that had been scored. Jonathan Mathew Taylor just sent me this photo of the other side…

WW: Hey Kool-Aid!!!

I don’t remember seeing anything in the model codes that supports a Kool Aid Man egress model. Do you?

WW: (Don’t-)Pull Station

Leo Lebovits of M&D Door & Hardware sent me this Wordless Wednesday photo. I’m not an expert on pull stations, but this just doesn’t look right to me…

WW: Guest House Egress

This signage designates the egress path from rooms in a small hotel / guest house in a city on the east coast. Note the exit sign over the window inside of one of the (locked) rooms, and instructions to break out the panel in the door…

WW: Double Labels

Can someone explain this please?

WW: Mall Exit

What do you think? Is this Wordless Wednesday exit visible enough?

WW: ABC7NY – Underground Dance Dangers

Call me naive, but I always assume that when tragedy strikes, people will learn from it and try to avoid similar incidents in the future. Unfortunately, ignorance mixed with greed often stand in the way of life safety…

WW: Bent

I have no idea what happened here. Wordless…

WW: Screwed

This Wordless Wednesday photo is from the newly-deputized Joe Cross of Allegion. I have no words…at least no words that would be allowed on a corporate website…

WW: This door to remain unlocked…

Austin Bammann of Central Indiana Hardware sent me this Wordless Wednesday photo.  You may notice that there is signage above the door stating, “This door needs to remain unlocked during business hours.”  Does this signage make the opening code-compliant?  Why, or why not? You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Brussels Hotel

This is not the first time I’ve thought to myself…I hope everyone knows how lucky we are to have (mostly) code-compliant exits in the US…

WW: Exit Bolt

My husband: “Do other people cry on Wednesdays or is it just you?”

WW: BLOCKED Exits

These are truly some of the best Wordless Wednesday photos I’ve ever seen, and I even got the backstory…

WW: Convention Center

I need to make an avatar of me crying, to include with these posts.

WW: Army/Navy Store

I received today’s Wordless Wednesday photo from Charles Anderson, and yes – he contacted the fire marshal…

WW: Blinds

A fire marshal sent me this photo, and I’m Wordless (again). How does anyone think this is acceptable???

WW: Beer Run

How is it possible that NOBODY else seems to notice stuff like this??

WW: Blackout

I was checking out the iDH stats, and I noticed that there have been a few days lately when we’ve almost reached 2,000 visits.  Today could be the day, because I KNOW you will want to share the link to today’s Wordless Wednesday photo which was sent to me by Brent Kiernan of Allegion. Just […]

WW: Less Bottom Bolt

I have no words, except “thank you” to Fred Phillips of Interior Supply for this Wordless Wednesday photo…

WW: Retail Exit Pair

Tim Weller of Allegion sent me this Wordless Wednesday photo. I have nothing to say about it. I’m just going to cry now.

WW: STOP! And I really mean it!

Thank you to David R. Defilippo AIA for today’s Wordless Wednesday photo…

WW: Double-Bar Security Device

Daniel Cannon of Allegion sent me these Wordless Wednesday photos of the back door of a restaurant. What say you?

WW: Breaker

I found this photo on the Facebook page of Brendan Daley of Pasek Corp (who is not responsible for this “fix”). I am Wordless.

WW: Wood Door Prep

This photo came from Billy Sanders of Chisholm Millwork. This is how the door arrived from the wood door manufacturer. #wordless

WW: Prius

Yes, that was a Toyota Prius. And that door closer looks familiar. #Wordless

WW: Delayed Egress Mag-Lock

With the recent adoption of NFPA 101-2012 by CMS, the annual inspection of fire door assemblies has become a top priority for many health care facilities…

WW: Extension Cord

I saw this at the local market – on the stairs leading to the main entrance, outside, and yes – it had started to rain…

WW: Shoe Storage

Today’s Wordless Wednesday post is from Brian Rafferty, via the Fire and Life Safety Inspectors group on Facebook. I’ve got nothing to say about this one.

WW: Good Luck

I received today’s Wordless Wednesday photo along with the following explanation…”On a service call to find out why doors will not lock and had to follow the wires to the inspirational message left by the last technician in header.”

WW: Instructional Signage

This Wordless Wednesday photo came from Dustin Elam of the Santa Ana Unified School District. Dustin’s not responsible for the instructional signage. 😀

WW: Airport Observations

I spent a lot of time in airports today, and here are a few Wordless Wednesday observations…

WW: Thankful

GR Zechman of Allegion sent me this photo, after trying to exit through this door and stopping to investigate why the door wouldn’t open. As I told GR, this photo literally brought tears to my eyes…

WW: Don’t Panic

The panic hardware isn’t a code violation but it has me scratching my head from a security standpoint. Any theories about why this happened?

WW: Egress Route or Storage Space?

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photos come with a challenge…if you saw this situation, reported it to the facility manager, and the facility manager asked for proof of why it’s unacceptable, what code paragraph would you show him?

WW: Screwed

I am going to remain Wordless about these photos, except to say THANK YOU to Brett Africk of CBORD, who not only sent me a batch of photos of an opening he saw during a recent hotel stay, but also went BACK…

WW: Man Cave

According to my coworker, Mark Kuhn of Allegion, this Wordless Wednesday photo shows the egress side of this door. What’s wrong with this picture??

WW: I give up. Uncle!

This Wordless Wednesday photo came from Kim Loux of Hellyer Lewis. Some days I just want to throw in the towel. Who could possibly think this is a good idea??

WW: Touchfree

The problem with this application is the lever handle that you apparently also have to turn. What’s the point of the touchfree pull when you have to touch the lever??

WW: Lockout Prevention

Sometimes a Fixed-it Friday photo is so good (or bad!) that it qualifies for Wordless Wednesday status. Ted Wightman of Allegion sent me this gem…found on a restroom door where they have apparently had one too many lockouts.

WW: Public School Exit

I received today’s Wordless Wednesday photo from LaForce, Inc. It was taken in a Chicago Public School. Wordless.

WW: Tunnel Vision

Steve Murray from Security Lock Distributors sent me these Wordless Wednesday photos…see any issues?

WW: Angle-Iron Stop

Thank you to Ted Wightman of Allegion for today’s Wordless Wednesday photo! I have no words…

WW: Double Trouble

Dave Carter of Allegion sent me today’s Wordless Wednesday photo – taken in a restaurant. You might be thinking, “Maybe this isn’t a required exit…”

WW: Wild West Fire Exit

The exit sign over the door was washed out by the flash, but it is there and it is illuminated as required. I wonder if this door would/could actually be used in an emergency…

WW: Holey Hurricane

This Wordless Wednesday door is for a Florida public school’s hurricane shelter. 🙁

WW: Trouble in Texarkana

I am writing this blog post from a hotel in Texarkana, Arkansas, where I saw the Wordless Wednesday door in the photos below. I hope that by the time you read this post I will be back on the road. Fingers crossed!

WW: High School Gym Exit

These were taken DURING a high school basketball game. Thank you to John Borchmann of Allied Building Products for this week’s Wordless Wednesday photos.

WW: Barricade Bolt

I received this photo from Guardian Fire Testing. The bolts have been installed on existing fire-rated doors in a school, and Guardian was asked to relabel these fire door assemblies…

WW: US Bank Stadium

I might need to go on a field trip to the Vikings’ new stadium…just to see these doors! WoW! Blake Nelson of Allegion sent me these photos from a recent site visit…

WW: Benched

It’s Wordless Wednesday again, and there are 3 days left in the iDigHardware celebration and $100 gift card giveaway!

WW: Warehouse Exit

It’s a good thing it’s Wordless Wednesday, because I’m running out of words. Thank you to RB Sontag of Allegion for the photos.

WW: Exploding Closer

WHOA. Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo courtesy of Deputy Jeff Tock of Allegion.

WW: Double Egress?

This Wordless Wednesday photo from Scott Straton of Allegion shows not just an exit that requires two operations to release the latch…the operations must be performed simultaneously! NOOOO!!!

WW: Conduit Conflict

I could hardly believe my eyes when I received these photos from Kevin Wiley, a fire marshal. These doors are in a college dorm, and he said at first he didn’t know why the door didn’t close when he removed the wood wedge holding it open. Look closely…

WW: Guardian Angel Locking System

I don’t know what to say. This is what happens when a state adopts a lax policy on classroom security.

WW: Emergency Exit Only

Anyone see a problem with this Wordless Wednesday photo sent in by Art of Doors?

WW: Cross-Corridor Door

Brian Lane of Allegion sent in the photos below (via Deputy Jeff Tock). This is a cross-corridor door in a health care facility. The wall behind the door MUST be temporary, but wow…

WW: Gas Station Exit

I think we all know by now that egress doors are not allowed to be painted or covered in a way that would disguise them (except certain doors in health care occupancies where NFPA 101 allows murals)…

WW: Kick-Down Stops

Nathan Burkhardt of Opening Technologies sent me this Wordless Wednesday photo of the kick-down stops (holders) they removed from the fire doors on one of their projects. Wow.

WW: Were you raised in a barn?

This Wordless Wednesday photo could have easily been a Fixed-it Friday photo, but since this “fix” is on an occupied Assembly space, it left me Wordless. Thank you to Dave Ilardi of Allegion for sending me photos from the family vacation. 😀

WW: Double-Trouble

Take a close look. There are 2 doors in this opening – one inswinging, one outswinging. Each has 2 surface bolts. The request was to add yet another lock to these doors. Yikes.

WW: Doors in the Corn

In addition to the fact that you’re not supposed to disguise egress doors, those hinges are severely under-engineered for those doors. Photos sent in by Dave Ilardi of Allegion.

WW: Stinger

I think this would discourage me from attempting any lock replacements! Thanks to Locksmith’s Journal for this Wordless Wednesday photo!

WW: XpresSpa or Exit?

See any problems here? Thanks to Tim Weller of Allegion for this Wordless Wednesday photo! The fun never ends!

WW: Courtyard Exit

This photo was taken in a high school, while school was in session. The doors lead from an enclosed courtyard into the school – the egress path should pass through the interior of the school and out the main exit doors to the public way…

WW: Should you trust a robot in an emergency?

I was very surprised at research conducted by the Georgia Tech Research Institute, which found that people trusted a robot to guide them to safety, even when it made mistakes or experienced technical difficulties…

WW: Crooked

This photo was sent to me by Joanne Gretter of Herman Gibans Fodor, Inc., and I really have no words.

WW: Another Retail Exit

What do you think? Does this door meet the intent of NFPA 1 if the security devices are only engaged when the building is not occupied?

WW: Fire Door Inspection

John Lozano of Allegion sent me these photos from a recent class on fire door inspection. What problems do you see on this pair of fire doors in a health care facility?

WW: Exit Up or to Roof

I wonder how the designer got away with the design of this exit. From the corridor, it gives the impression of a normal exit door. When you open the door, you can only go either up to the 7th floor or onto the adjacent roof. There is no way to go down to exit the building…

WW: Hangar Exit (or not)

This Wordless Wednesday photo was posted on the Truck Floor Training Facebook page, by Ian Vandenberg of Travis County Fire Rescue. I just love the extra-large wood wedges…

WW: Exit? Or No Exit?

This Wordless Wednesday photo (from Keith Brown and Steve Bildzok of Allegion) reminds me of how I feel when I walk into my kids’ bedrooms. “WHY? What is all of this crap on the floor and why isn’t it put away where it belongs? What excuse could you possibly have…

WW: Fireplace Logs

I’m Wordless about today’s photo, sent in by Paul Goldense of Goldense Building Products. But on another topic…please help with yesterday’s WWYD? post if you can…

WW: Abuse and Neglect

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo was sent by Nolan Thrope of Allegion…this is a cross-corridor fire door in a school. The closer is missing as well as the obvious hinge problem. Sadly, this type of neglect is not uncommon. 🙁

URGENT WW: The Future is Now

A video about classroom barricade devices – a particular company’s devices, actually – has been posted on a Facebook page and has gone viral. Right now, about 14 hours after it was posted, it has over 3 million views. There are over 1,000 comments – many of them in support of this idea…

WW: Break Glass to Exit

This Wordless Wednesday photo from Scott Straton of Allegion requires a bit of explanation. In Scott’s words…”My niece was working out at 3:00 AM (she is an avid runner and had an early flight) at a hotel fitness room. When she went to get a drink of water, the lock failed and she was not able to get out…”

WW: Do Not Lock

I love it when non-hardwarey people send me photos of egress problems or faulty fire doors. Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo is from my friend Gia Jobin, who saw this door on a university campus and recognized that there was a problem…

WW: Clearance Sale

We’ve all seen this somewhere.  Did you say something?  Was the problem resolved? Submitted to iDH by the International Code Council.  🙂 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Seek Alternate Route

These photos were shared on the Truck Floor Training page on Facebook, and are posted here with the permission of Chris Morgani of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department. In addition to the obvious problem, the door is welded shut. Maybe it’s not a required exit, or maybe someone made an uneducated decision. We will probably never know…

WW: Panic Problem

Sometimes I wonder if y’all are creating these Wordless Wednesday and Fixed-it Friday photos just so you can get famous. 🙂

WW: Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving with friends and family!

WW: Classic on Ice

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo, sent to me by Aaron Owens of Allegion, is not an unusual code violation. The location is what leaves me wordless – an NHL hockey arena…

WW: Slippery Slope

There are some AHJs who allow security measures that are not compliant for egress if they’re only used “after hours.” I always say that this is a slippery slope, because once the device is installed, there’s no guarantee that anyone will remember that the door is supposed to be unlocked during business hours…

WW: Double Trouble

These Wordless Wednesday photos are from Erich Friend of Teqniqal Systems. According to Erich, the first photo is the initial egress door out of the auditorium. If you make it past the lab table, you encounter the trash can and piano stored in front of the exit discharge. No words…

WW: Tennis, Anyone?

This Wordless Wednesday photo kind of ties in with yesterday’s pool gate post. This is NOT the way to provide access control on swimming pools, tennis courts, or any other chain link gate for that matter…

WW: Until the Cows Come Home

John Lozano from Allegion sent me this photo he took at a festival in Wisconsin…I’ve seen worse at the state fair, but this exit is a little sketchy…

WW: Skinny Sortie

This is the exit access leading to a 3rd-floor fire escape in a Montreal hotel. I’m Wordless.

WW: Classroom Security

According to Nathan Burkhardt of Opening Technologies, this church addressed their classroom security by adding shades for the vision lites, and changing the locks to office function with a turn-button. Because the kids and teachers were getting injured by the sharp turn-button design…

WW: Miércoles Mudo

Who knew “Wordless Wednesday” translated so perfectly into Spanish? I think “mudo” is more like mute than speechless, but I’m going with it! I’ve become somewhat numb to Mexican egress, but some of the accessibility modifications are extreme enough to catch my eye…

WW: Down at the Mini-Mart

Chris Ostwinkle from DH Pace sent me today’s Wordless Wednesday photo. The bar above the panic limits the degree of opening, which may have contributed to the closer issues. And in case you missed it…that’s a double-cylinder deadbolt above the panic, in addition to the slide bolt. 🙁

WW: Liquor is Quicker

This is the rear exit of a liquor store. Although the store was closed when this photo was taken, on the other side of the door there is an exit sign, panic hardware, a surface bolt, and a padlock. This type of retrofit is common when additional security is needed, but it is NOT code-compliant…

WW: $84K OSHA Fine Proposed

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo came from the New York Daily News. The full article about the high-end furniture store being cited by OSHA for blocked egress routes and propped open fire doors can be read here…

WW: Not So Fast

Seriously…this Wordless Wednesday photo makes me want to cry. Posted with the permission of Ron Burgess Jr. of the Westport Fire Department (originally posted on the Truck Floor Training Facebook page).

WW: 8 Operations

The door in these Wordless Wednesday photos has 7 surface bolts, an exit alarm, a door position switch, AND a rolling door. Wow.

WW: Locked After-Hours

What I want to know is…why do some people think it’s ok to use these locks after-hours, when the building is unoccupied? I don’t see anything in the codes to support that, but it seems to be a common belief. Am I missing something?

WW: Barring Imminent Threats

Articles touting the value of classroom barricade devices without any mention of the related safety issues are legitimizing the use of these devices that are not compliant with the model codes. An article in this month’s Security Management magazine, a publication of ASIS International, covers the perceived security benefits of the devices used in the Mentor, Ohio school district…

WW: Museum Egress

I’ve written quite a few specifications for museum projects and although many architects have asked me for “invisible doors,” I do my best to talk them out of it. These are two different museums, in two different states, but these Wordless Wednesday photos were both sent to me the same week by two different people…

WW: Day Care “Egress”

These photos from an Alabama day care center make me nauseous. Literally. I’m Wordless.

WW: Airport Egress

I’ve seen a lot of funky egress route restrictions in airports, but this was a first…

WW: Bungee Exit Alarm

I have nothing to say except “thank you to Grah Security for today’s Wordless Wednesday photo.”

WW: I See U

This Wordless Wednesday photo from John Gant of Allegion ties in with Monday’s post about viewer locations. I’ve never seen a requirement for 3 viewers in a hotel room door, so my guess is that one of the viewers was originally installed at the wrong location and a third was added to solve the problem…

WW: Exit Signs

Jeff Payton of Williams Electronics sent today’s Wordless Wednesday photo. I’m the first to admit that I’m not an expert on exit signs. If you ARE an expert on exit signs, can you explain the need for the high-level sign? If only the door closer installer had taken as much pride in the installation as the conduit installer. 🙂

FF: Panic Problem? No Problem!

This could definitely be a Wordless Wednesday photo, but I couldn’t wait to share it so here’s an excellent (terrible) Fixed-it Friday photo from Rachel Smith of Karpen Steel. Unbelievable.

WW: Stair Discharge

I don’t know why it still surprises me when I see blocked exits, but the good news is we’ll probably never run out of photos for Wordless Wednesday. Don’t forget to send me photos of what you see during your summer vacation!

WW: Miracles (or Closed Doors?)

I have to admit, these are pretty miraculous rescues…whether it was “divine intervention,” the heroic efforts of firefighters, or the closed doors (and walls) that helped to keep the victims safe. A different type of Wordless Wednesday post for this week…

WW: Sardine Can

It’s Wordless Wednesday!

WW: Emergency Exit Only

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo came from RB Sontag of Allegion. This is a roof door (which really shouldn’t be an emergency exit anyway) and I can’t imagine how secure a chain wrapped around the lever would be, but if the exit is to be taken out of service they should talk to the fire marshal and change the signage…

WW: Mullion, you’re doing it wrong.

I realized that what I was looking at was a removable mullion that was not mounted behind the doors as it was designed, but between the doors, leaving visible gaps along the lock edge of each door. The black spacers are needed…

WW: High Security

I was going to post this for Fixed-it Friday, but when I noticed the manual flush bolt installed in the face of each door, I became Wordless. This exit is serving a theater. Thank you to Dean Benson of Northern Door for the photo…

WW: Key-Operated Lock

The IBC allows key-operated locks in some locations – do you think this lock is compliant with the language below if the required signage is included? And for extra credit, who knows what kind of lock this is? 🙂

WW: Key, Special Knowledge, and Effort

2015 IBC: 1010.1.9 Door operations. Except as specifically permitted by this section, egress doors shall be readily openable from the egress side without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort…

WW: Duct Tape Again

I can’t believe how many photos of duct-taped doors I have posted (here are a few: 1, 2, 3)! Debbie White of Allegion sent me this one. Wow…

WW: School Security

Why? Because it’s easier and less expensive to secure the door when you don’t consider codes or safety.

WW: PSA? Really??

I’m at the BHMA Codes and Government Affairs meeting in sunny Fort Lauderdale, and the “public service announcement” below was just shown during our discussion about codes that pertain to the use of barricade devices in schools.  It illustrates the marketing methods used by some of the manufacturers of these locking devices.  I will remain […]

WW: You Must Jump

I received today’s Wordless Wednesday photo from both Don Funsch of Commercial Mill and Builders Supply and Chuck Park of Fire Door Inspection Service. Be forewarned. Don’t exit unless you’re willing to be run over.

WW: School Security in the News

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department received $128,750 from a Michigan State Police school safety grant, and Sheriff Mike Borkovich said every penny will go toward installing a tool designed to make doors impenetrable. “I think it’s very much just like a caveman picking up a gigantic rock and putting it on the front of its cave,” Borkovich said. “You are not going to be able to go through that door. It buys us time.”

WW: Armed Forces Museum

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo was sent to me by Lee Francisco and Jerry Rice of DH Pace. The “Remove for Exit” bar makes this exit non-compliant.

WW: Meanwhile, in Arkansas…

A bill to change the state fire code and allow barricade devices in Arkansas schools is moving through the legislative process, despite “strong objections” from State Police Capt. Lindsey Williams, who serves as state fire marshal. Several politicians including an Arkansas state senator are investors in a company that makes barricade devices – ULockitSecurity…

WW: Special Knowledge and Effort

Most egress doors are required to be readily openable with no special knowledge or effort. The door must unlatch with one operation, and the operable hardware must be mounted between 34 inches and 48 inches above the floor. There are several problems with this Wordless Wednesday dutch door found at a cell phone store…

WW: Frost Heaves

In the Wordless Wednesday photos below, one door is stuck partially open and the other pair has been taken out of commission. How do you balance the life safety requirements with the feasibility of addressing problems that will probably last for several more weeks if not longer?

WW: Chained Exit

These photos are the definition of Wordless Wednesday. I saw them posted on the Truck Floor Training Facebook page and asked for permission to share them here…

WW: Don’t Dowel Doors

Paul Elliott sent me these Wordless Wednesday photos of retail egress issues he has run across. When he mentioned the dowel to a store employee, the employee said, “No problem. We’ll untie it if there’s a fire.” No joke.

WW: Shop Till You Drop

Since it’s Wordless Wednesday, I’ll let you tell me what’s wrong with this “key-operated lock” application. Extra credit if you can tell me what changed about the key-operated lock requirements in the 2015 IBC…

WW: Peas and Corn

Parents of middle schoolers at the W.F. Burns Middle School in Valley, Alabama, received the letter below asking them to send a canned food item to school for use as part of their school security plan. I’m going to keep Wordless on this one, so I can hear the opinions of all y’all…

WW: Hard Wired

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photos were sent by Jim McDonald of Twin City Hardware (who is not responsible for this installation!)…

WW: Please Open Door Slowly

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo was spotted on Flickr by Deputy Jeff Tock of Allegion. I wonder how long this sign has been dangling…

WW: Not an Exit (Any More)

This door is in a high school auditorium, and although it no longer seems to be used as an exit (and there are marked exits nearby), it is the first door you see when attempting to exit. Many AHJs will tell you that if it looks like an exit, it has to act like an exit…

WW: Esoteric Exits

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked to make a door invisible, I’d have enough money to buy that desert island I’ve been dreaming of. But then y’all would have to find a new place to send your Wordless Wednesday photos…

WW: Booth by the Exit

I have to admit, I do like to sit where I can see the exit. But this might be a little too close for comfort…

WW: Emerald City

Did you know??? NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code states, “It shall be the duty of principals, teachers, or staff to inspect all exit facilities daily to ensure that all stairways, doors, and other exits are in proper condition.” I think someone missed this one…

WW: Climb to Exit

Jerry Rice of DH Pace sent me today’s Wordless Wednesday photo. This behavior isn’t going to change until someone gets in trouble…

WW: Good Luck

It’s Wordless Wednesday again…thank you to Keith Moore who sent this photo via Jeff Tock of Allegion. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Exit – Keep Locked!

It’s Wordless Wednesday, and this “exit” leaves me wordless…

WW: BHMA in AZ

I spent most of last week in Arizona at the BHMA meeting, and I found this great (terrible) Wordless Wednesday photo for you. If you’re new to this site, the problem with this exit is that it has been modified for use as display space in a souvenir shop at the Phoenix airport. Doors in the means of egress must be visible, with no decorations, mirrors, curtains, or stuffed monkeys…

WW: Intermittent Arcing

Paul Goldense of Goldense Building Products took today’s Wordless Wednesday photo while searching for the problem causing mag-locks in a psychiatric unit to work intermittently. I think he found the issue…

WW: School Security

These are egress doors in an occupied school gym. Luckily they are going to be replaced shortly, but meanwhile, I’m Wordless.

WW: Hole in the Wall

It’s Wordless Wednesday again! When I was in Baltimore a few weeks ago, I was loitering around these pairs of fire doors leading from the exhibit hall to the service corridor…

WW: Hotel Exit

When I stay in a hotel I always check the fire doors and egress doors, and unfortunately I usually find issues. I guess I’m not the only one…

WW: Have a Coke and a Smile

It’s Wordless Wednesday again, and these photos DEFINITELY left me wordless…

WW: Fly Trap

What can I say? Thank you to Gary Huizen of Huizen’s Locksmith Service for posting this Wordless Wednesday photo on the iDigHardware Facebook page!

WW: Hot Mess

I’m working on a blog post – hopefully for tomorrow, about a code problem involving stairwell reentry requirements. And it’s not good news. But for today, from Edward Marchakitus of Cornell Storefront Systems, the emergency exit on a retail store. You’ll be happy to know that this is the “before” photo:

WW: Obstructed Egress

An architect’s office can’t claim that they didn’t understand the requirements for an unobstructed means of egress, right?

WW: Special Closer Mounting

These photos were taken by Todd Borsch from Allegion. This is not a special template authorized by LCN!

WW: Fire Extinguisher Access

When the wrong lock function is installed, there are ways to rectify the situation. Today’s Wordless Wednesday post is one of them…

WW: Fez Egress

In Fez, we stayed in two riads – beautiful old houses that have been converted to guesthouses. Check out the stairs…I wouldn’t want to have to get out quickly. The egress rules are a little different here…

WW: All Points Electric

This week’s Wordless Wednesday post is surveillance video of a break-in at All Points Electric in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. For educational purposes, what type of glass breaks like this?

WW: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

If you’re not an avid reader of Doors & Hardware (what??), you may not be familiar with the Real Openings column by Mark Berger of Securitech. Mark’s photos ALWAYS leave me wordless. With Mark’s permission, here are his photos from the July issue…

WW: Fan Club

This is a marked exit from a dry cleaner’s. The photo was posted on the Truck Floor Training page on Facebook – a group for firefighter training. It’s interesting to look at this door from both perspectives…

WW: Casting Fail Follow-Up

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo of a broken door closer casting for Wordless Wednesday, and there were a lot of questions and comments…

WW: Duct Tape

I received this photo from Chuck Noble of Certified Fire Door, and it is the epitome of Wordless Wednesday…

WW: Casting Fail

I’ve only seen this a few times in my career.  I’ll bet it was messy. Thank you to Keith Krienke of the University of Calgary for today’s Wordless Wednesday post! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Butt in Any Time

I’m at the BHMA meeting in Chicago this week, and the restaurant we selected for dinner (a Chicago icon) had the added bonus of a door that left me a little Wordless.  This is the main entrance and exit from a restaurant with an occupant load of approximately 300.  See any issues?   Why the shims?  Because the […]

WW: PREPosterous

Here’s one for those of you who are familiar with hardware installation…what’s wrong with the door in this photo? Hint: It’s a fire-rated electrical vault door…

WW: Retrofit Dogging Device

It’s Wordless Wednesday again, and Lance Werner of Allegion just sent me this photo of what happens when the wrong lock function is supplied. Creative solutions are more fun than buying a new lock…hopefully it’s not a fire door…

WW: Grocery Store Egress

In addition to the blocked egress path, I see a security bar with a padlock and hasp, the original lockset, and an exit alarm, presumably requiring at least 3 operations to unlatch the door. And possibly a key. And a detailed map to find your way to the door…

WW: Scary Emergency Exit

This week’s Wordless Wednesday photo is from Keith Lathrop of Midwest Wholesale Hardware – a particularly scary emergency exit with a chain and padlock to replace the missing rods and top latch…

WW: Hidden Door

Today’s photo is from Connor Jordan, originally posted on the Door Closer Enthusiasts page on Facebook. I don’t know for sure that this is a fire door, but let’s assume that it is for the sake of this lesson. NFPA 80 (2013) states: “5.1.5 Removal of Door or Window…

WW: Self-Closing

This is not the first time my friend Bob Jutzi has left me Wordless. 😉 Each door is 3′-9″ wide x 10′-0″ high. The doors are thought to be original to the building, built in the 1880’s…

WW: Bartender Exit Only

It seems like every time I attend a meeting of one of the associations I belong to, I see something to use on this site (here’s one from a CSI meeting, and another, and another…

WW: “My door won’t latch.”

Gary Huizen of Huizen’s Locksmith Service posted this Wordless Wednesday photo on the iDigHardware Facebook page…how many times have you arrived on a jobsite to respond to a closing/latching problem and found something like this?

WW: Western Store Emergency Exit

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photos came from an anonymous fire inspector pal of mine. This is very common in retail stores – the merchandise displays creep in and encroach upon the egress route, or inhibit the operation of fire doors…

WW: Restaurant Exit

This illustrates why I disagree with “bending the rules” to allow non-code-compliant security devices to be used “after-hours.” When the fire marshal agrees to something like this, the compromise would typically come with a qualifier…

WW: Vertical Rod Repair

When I look at a photo and can’t come up with the right thing to say, I know it needs to be posted for Wordless Wednesday…like this one from Kevin Taylor of Allegion…

WW: Houston Fire Rescue

For the first time ever – 2 Wordless Wednesday posts in one day! This video will definitely leave you wordless…

WW: Electric Hinge

Something a little different for today’s Wordless Wednesday photo – less of a fire door / egress code issue and more of a…fire hazard (and probably an electrical code problem!)?

WW: School Security on a Budget

Will schools be held liable for “allowing” a crime to happen by giving the unauthorized person the ability to lock the door? I’m not a lawyer, but with schools paying settlements for wired glass injuries and being sued for inadequate security, I think it’s something to consider…

WW: Mall Security

This mall exit was spotted by William Hoppe of UC Merced, and the photos were sent to me by Chad Jenkins of the National Locksmithing Institute. Unbelievable…

WW: School Security

The Wordless Wednesday Winner is Logan Piburn, from Dyron Murphy Architects!  Logan sent me LOTS of photos, and explained that these were taken at various rural schools, most built in the early 70’s and still in use today.  The photos were taken during surveys to identify existing problems and plan renovations. Here’s one that left […]

WW: Laundry Room

These photos from Jodie Meyers of Phillips-Langley illustrate exactly what Wordless Wednesday is all about.  This fire door leads to a laundry room in the physical education department of a high school.  The door has plenty of problems (feel free to list them in the comments)… But look what’s in the room…does this raise any […]

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! Thank you to Logan Piburn of Dyron Murphy Architects for […]

WW: Service Call

“What seems to be the problem?  Oh.” Thank you to my friends at New England Door Closer for the photo! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: “Leave them LOCKED!”

In case you have a hard time reading the sign on the LHR leaf, it says “Please do not use these doors.  Leave them LOCKED!”  🙁 Thank you to Eric Rieckers of Yadon Construction Specialties for the photo, even though it made me sad.  Keep ’em coming! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite […]

WW: L’Isle Verte Fire Doors

These photos leave me Wordless in a different way than the usual WW photos.  This is a great illustration of what a code-compliant fire door can do.  In the foreground of the top photo…the portion of the senior home in L’Isle Verte that is a total loss, with 32 presumed dead.  In the background, the […]

Fire Rated Pair: It’s the thought that counts.

That’s the text message I received from Hal Kelton of DOORDATA Solutions, when he sent me this photo.  😀 On an unrelated topic…next month I will be taking the NFPA Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE) course and exam in Sanford, Maine.  If you may be interested in attending, drop me an email and I’ll tell you […]

WW: What’s wrong with this “exit”?

Unrelated to this post…I need a good clear photo of a hospital stop / terminated stop on a hollow metal frame.  Can anyone help me out? This door in a means of egress is not code-compliant.  Why not? Thank you to Jamo Ladd of LADSCO for sending this one! You need to login or register […]

WW: Deep Freeze

Alec Walsh of Allegion sent me these photos a few weeks ago.  That door looks like it needs some thermal protection, right? And then Andrew Harris of Willis Klein sent me a link to this photo of a hotel door in MinneSnowTa (uploaded to Imgur by FallenPandaBear) which takes it to a whole new level… Have you […]

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 […]

WW: Overlapping Astragal

Last week on The Building Code Forum, one of the members mentioned that their local police department recommended the installation of overlapping astragals on the exterior pairs at their schools.  This left me WORDLESS!  It definitely feels like 2 steps forward – 1 step back some days. This photo, from George Cutler of Quarters Hardware, illustrates […]

WW: Ice Time

This photo, from an ice arena, gives me the chills.  Ice rinks are notoriously difficult locations for doors and hardware…lots of abuse, often a high occupant load, humidity and corrosion issues, and other contributing factors.  In case you don’t see the problem right away, look at the top of the mullion.  Angle brackets have been bolted to each […]

WW: Darn! They sent the wrong hand again! :D

This lever is not a code problem (although the astragal probably is – thanks Lee!), but the hand of the dummy lever should have been changed in the field so it didn’t have to be installed upside down.  Here’s how you do it (it’s easy!): Our installation instructions are available on Allegion.com/us – click the […]

WW: Chair Lift

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for industry colleagues who share their expertise, code officials who try to answer questions even when I’m way down into the nitty gritty, people who read this blog (or at least come to look at the pictures), and for photos like this… P.S.  I’m also thankful for family, friends, good health, […]

WW: Look Closer

I just had an idea.  I’m putting together an online code class for my coworkers, which will be available to others outside of the company next year.  The way I like to teach about codes is to explain the intent behind the requirement, show examples, reference the applicable section of the code, and preferably to break up […]

WW: Less Top Rod

In case you were wondering, this is not an acceptable application for a fire door.  And I’m not sure if/how it’s working properly, or what’s under the big plate. Photo submitted by Craig Burns of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Down at the DMV

I find the Department of Motor Vehicles so frustrating that one year I actually cried because after waiting over an hour they said I didn’t bring the right utility bill.  AND…my car got hit by someone taking his driving test in the parking lot (he failed).  It might have all been worthwhile if I could […]

WW: Oh Chute!

Hotels seem to be notorious for fire door issues…here’s a perfect example that was found by Chad Jenkins of the National Locksmithing Institute.  Chad wrote: “This hotel has a laundry chute that has self-closing devices on the chute doors.  They are secured behind a fire rated self-closing storage room door (label has been painted over). […]

WW: Conflict Resolution

This was found in a school, by A&L Doors & Specialties.  I have no words, except “thank you.”  Maybe some of you have words…if you do, leave a comment. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Well, that’s one way of doing it.

To all of the architects out there…this is what can happen if you forgo the hardware consultant and let the electrician work out the details on-site.  Call us – we can help!  😉 Thank you to Joe Cross of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Velcro Dogging

In a brand-spanking-new huge and beautiful convention center, these attracted a lot of attention and MANY people mentioned them to me last week.  The panics have hex-key dogging, so I have no idea why they’ve resorted to wide-scale use of velcro.  Speaking of dogging…last night I went to an evening meeting at a school, and […]

WW: Creative Dogging

Although this isn’t a code violation since the doors are not fire rated, I firmly believe that failing to limit the ability to lock / unlock doors can severely impact security and the safety of building occupants.  What say you? Thank you to Keith Kimbrel and Wes Lunsford of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, who saw […]

WW: Push-Pull-Panic

Cory Yamaguchi of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sent me this photo of an egress door he saw on an outing to the local dairy farm with his family.  I’m picturing a farm that hosts lots of visitors, not the type where the cow:human ratio is 100:1.  In addition to the creative application of pull handles, […]

WW: Accessible Knob?

I’m sorry it’s been a quiet week on iDigHardware so far, but I’m teaching a class for our amazing specwriter apprentices!  We’re working on electrified hardware this week, and I’m so impressed with what they’ve learned so far.  I will need your help with something tomorrow, so please check back and cast your vote. Rich […]

WW: Panic Hardware Protection

Assuming this is the back door of a restaurant, what’s wrong with these pictures sent in by Eric Miles of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies (other than the fact that the door is filthy!)? You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: No power? No problem!

When I’m teaching about the code-compliant ways to hold open a fire door, I always say that my preference is to use a wall-mounted magnetic holder because there are no moving parts, and not much can go wrong if it’s installed correctly.  But if there’s no power to the magnetic holder, it won’t hold the […]

WW: Low Narrow Lite

I received today’s photo from Brenda Dove of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.  I wonder if that glass is impact-resistant… You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Egreso en México

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m in Mexico taking in all of the lovely doors of San Miguel de Allende.  I haven’t seen much evidence of building / life safety codes, but we did go to a popular museum in Guanajuato and I saw this exit stair…I guess you could call it a […]

WW: Duct Tape

From Vince Black of Black Hawk Doors, a restaurant owner’s solution to a closer arm stripped off the shaft, with the arm screw broken off in the closer body: You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Deadlocking Latch

Tim Kaye of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sent me this photo of a required egress door in a school, which truly left me wordless.  🙁 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Emergency Exit – Do Not Enter

Andy Lindenberg of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sent me this one.  I’m a little confused.  Should I use this door in an emergency, or not? You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Voided Label

This photo was sent to me by Jeff Tock of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, who reported that there were numerous fire doors like this in the same hotel.  Personally, if I did something and saw VOID, I would probably stop and consider what was causing that to happen. You need to login or register to […]

WW: New and Improved Fire Door Hold-Open

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means!  Another application that leaves me wordless!  Jeff Tock of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sent me these photos of the integral stop on a door closer being used to hold the fire door open.  Y’all know that’s not ok – right? You need to login or register to […]

WW: Stove Top Stuffing

I was just looking for a particular discussion on the Building Code Forum, and I ran across this photo which I forgot to post.  I was probably saving it for the WW before Thanksgiving.  🙂  The fire inspector had been called back to reinspect this exit, which was missing the panic hardware. If you haven’t […]

WW: Cut it Out

Yes, this is a fire door.  Anyone see a problem here? Posted with permission from Theodore Firedoor…check him out on Facebook! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Are the kids to blame?

Last Friday I posted an article about a school district settlement with a student, after a severe injury due to impact with traditional wired glass.  The article mentioned that a “15-year-old high school student fell while climbing atop a stack of rolled up wrestling mats.”  What the article didn’t say was that the mats had […]

WW: Powerbolts

This opening is secured by power bolts, which are released via the wall switch.  The panic hardware is just for show…there’s no way for the devices to latch without a mullion.  🙁 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: New York City

This photo is from one of the fine establishments we visited in NYC.  You can tell it’s *fine* because of the champagne buckets. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Manufacturer’s Standard Fasteners

This photo of a hospital corridor door was sent by Hyun Myung Kang.  I’m pretty sure this installation doesn’t comply with NFPA 80.  You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Venetian Fire Exit

Yes, I know it’s Thursday, but this just arrived in my email box and I have to share. Sent as a joint effort of Jack Ostergaard, David Patton, and Jeffrey Jackson, of Healy, Bender, and Associates. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Hang It Up

Any theories about what’s happening here?  Steve Poe from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sent me the photo and we’re perplexed. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Public Safety Building

Vincent Chestnut of Alpha Locksmith spotted this problem on a visit to a local public safety building.  Not only does the door require two motions to unlatch, the thumbturn on the combination lock doesn’t look like it would be considered accessible. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Spoon Security

Todd Pack of of the Trimble Company sent in this photo of the latest in locking technology.  I was wordless when I found out how much spoon security there is out there (my favorite, spoon 1, spoon 2, spoon 3, spoon 4, spoon 5, spoon 6).  And I thought spoons were for ice cream! You […]

WW and WWYD: Panic Hardware Lockdown

Andrew Harris of Willis Klein sent me these photos of doors in a school district.  He had been called in to solve the problems that caused the school to resort to these locking measures. What would you recommend to help a school improve the lockdown capabilities of their panic hardware, and especially fire exit hardware? […]

WW: April Fools

This article left me wordless:  Fire Alarm Causes Panic in Housing Facilities Early on April 1, multiple false fire alarms were pulled in the housing quad. According to Interim Executive Director of Housing and Residential Life Lynn Hendricks, who sent an email to all housing students Monday morning following the incident around noon, slippery substances […]

WW: Wreckreation

This post did start out as a Wordless Wednesday post but I got a little carried away.  I have recently found myself in several places that are not my usual hang-outs…a roller skating rink, a ski lodge, and a laser tag toxic waste dump.  I think I should get some extra-credit Mom Points, especially for […]

WW: 5 Motions to Release the Latch

As most of you know, a required egress door must typically operate with only one motion to release the latch.  The common exception is dwelling unit entry doors in hotels and apartment buildings, which can have one additional locking device if the occupant load of the unit is 10 or less.  Take a look at […]

WW: Dead Battery – No Problem!

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo was submitted by Joy Davis of the Construction Specifications Institute (@CSIConstruction on Twitter).  Thanks Joy! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Cut here to exit.

This photo was taken in a health care facility and was sent to me by both Jim Jensen and Jeff Tock of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.  🙁 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Exit Out of Order

This photo was sent in by Curtis Meskus from Charlton, Massachusetts, who also saw the locks below while on vacation in Texas.  Keep those vacation photos coming! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: What’s this?

On the right of the photo is the jamb, on the left is the face of the door. Thanks to Ken Burkimsher of Stanley Security Solutions for the photo! UPDATE:  Thank you to everyone who left comments…it is a door viewer in an old church door.  It’s called a “pulpit viewer” and it allowed the […]

WW: The Art of Wired Glass

The jagged edges and shards formed by broken wired glass create hauntingly beautiful images, but may also leave life-long scars.  All of these images are published with permission from the artists.  Please do not duplicate them. Photo: Denise Love Photo:  Kurt Tavares Photo:  Daniel M. Photo:  Andy Stonnall Photo:  Marnie You need to login or […]

WW: Pull to Unlock

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WW: Banquet Room Pair

Some of you will no-doubt recognize these doors if you attend a certain monthly meeting that I attend as often as I can.  The meeting is held in one of several large banquet rooms in a restaurant, and they all have the same hardware installed.  If anyone is NOT sure why this is a problem, […]

WW: Retail Exit

Yesterday’s mall shootings in Oregon should serve as a reminder to be aware of the available exits regardless of where you are.  This door could be tough to navigate in an emergency. This photo was sent by Krista Christensen of ProAble Hardware Specialties. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Don’t Push It

This photo, taken at an Ontario Hospital, was sent by Kelly Chimilar of Allmar.  I’m confused. Seen something that left you “wordless”?  Send it along!! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Bungee Cords

I can’t figure out whether these are providing security or acting as the door closers, but either way they leave me wordless! Thank you to Derek Ommert of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies for sending the photo! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Thanksgiving Edition

I’m spending most of this week in Tennessee, and yesterday I went out to the local supermarket for a few more Thanksgiving dinner supplies.  This door caught my eye… I wonder what these loops are for? To everyone who is celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow – have a Happy Thanksgiving! You need to login or register to […]

WW: Bollard Hold-Open

Yes, this is a fire door, and yes, the bollard is permanently bolted in place. Same facility, another rated pair…one leaf has manual flush bolts and no closer, the other is held open with a wedge: Photos:  Kent Krauser, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies I know this is Wordless Wednesday, but I wanted to mention a […]

WW: Chinese Take-Out

I’m not going to post the name of the person who sent these photos in, because I contacted the restaurant and I don’t want them to see his name here and seek revenge the next time he places an order.  I got no response after sending two emails…I wonder if the fire marshal eats here. […]

WW: Another Airport Exit

This is becoming a recurring theme.  I’ll be in a few airports later this week…maybe I’ll see some more. A big thank-you to Jim Princehorn of Business Protection Specialists, for risking TSA detainment and sending these photos.  😀 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Sign of the Times

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WW: Uncoordinated

The good news…I’m on my way to Las Vegas for CoNEXTions 2012!  The bad news…our flight lost a hydraulic system and we had to land in Denver.  There’s a replacement plane but it is larger and requires an extra flight attendant, who had to be called in from home.  I’m sure he’s not a happy […]

WW: Airport Emergency Exit

On my way to Tucson I had a layover, and every single emergency exit door was set up similar to this one.  Thoughts? You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Day Care Fire Exit

This is the emergency exit for a day care center, sent in by Dwight Isaacs of US Homeware Inc.  If you look closely, you’ll see that the latch is up near the top of the jamb post, out of reach of the kids.  This seems like it could be a viable solution, except that in […]

WW: Zoo Exit

Whatcha think?  Is this exit visible enough? Here’s a closer look at the panic hardware: Photo sent in by Chris Ostwinkle of DH Pace.  Keep them coming! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Hotel Doors

How is it possible that hotels almost always have fire and egress door issues?  It seems like they would get it right once, then duplicate those good applications across the chain and make sure that they’re maintained.  Yet hotels have been a great source of Doors Gone Wrong. Here are some hotel doors from Zeke […]

WW: Centsational Installation

Step 4:  Invert the cylinder cam as shown. Or use your creativity to avoid looking at the instructions. This photo was sent in by Jon Dudley of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Measure Twice Drill 8 Times

I recently saw this closer prep on a brand-new fire door.  Now what? You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: This Door is Not Ajar

Anybody see the problem here? The source for this photo shall remain nameless to avoid embarrassment.  Don’t worry, my friend.  There are a thousand ways to screw up a door, I always say.  Yes, I really do say that.  😀 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: No Posting

  Thank you to Hal Kelton of DoorData Solutions for sharing these.  If you’ve seen something that leaves you “wordless,” send me a photo! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: 15 Minutes to Freedom

If you don’t know why this sign leaves me wordless, read this post. Thank you to Brendan Daley of Surveillance Specialties for making my day. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Raceway

I received this photo from Nancy Bailey of Girtman & Associates, a division of Bass Security Services.  I’m guessing that the slack in the wire is so that it can be run around the outside of the glass kit.  If this was a fire-rated door, would this method be acceptable? You need to login or […]

WW: Unhinged

I’d like to tell you where I got these photos but then I’d have to kill you and that would be bad for business.  😀 They are posted with permission from someone who’s spending A LOT of time looking at fire doors lately. And yes, these are fire doors: And in case you’re not sure […]

WW: Visible Exit?

What do you think of this exit from a large Assembly occupancy in England?  Are the operable doors visible enough for egress purposes? Photo posted with permission from Hot Goméz, via Flickr. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Problem Solved

This photo was sent to me by two different people and had made the rounds before it got to them, so I don’t know who to give photo credit to.  Anyone want to admit to coming up with this creative solution? You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Waldo Hotel, Clarksburg WV

Head over to the Kingston Lounge to read more about this historic structure and see the beautiful photos of its current sad state of decay.  They don’t build them like this any more. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Fort Independence, Castle Island

This pair of doors is the entrance to Fort Independence on Castle Island in Boston, a five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851.  These doors look old enough to be original…with a little repair work at some point. If you’re a history buff, here’s a short history and virtual tour of Fort Independence: You need […]

WW: Reader Photos

Thanks to y’all I’m never short of reader photos, and these photos leave me wordless…just in time for Wordless Wednesday! From David Chaffin of HARD/SPECS, some theater doors in his town with creative security devices: From Darren Patton of Isenhour Door…how does this happen?  If I was being sneaky, I would ditch the green tape. […]

WW: No Window? No Problem!

Sent in by Gary Goldberg of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies…this was so much easier than cutting a hole in the wall.  🙁 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Panic Attack

These buildings were ALL OCCUPIED when these photos were taken.  Depressing. From Jeff Bruno of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies: From Brendan Daley of Surveillance Specialties: From Wayne Ficklin of the Clark County Department of Aviation: From Nolan Thrope of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies: From Darren Patton of Isenhour Door: From Cliff Cohen of Armstrong Lock […]

WW: Hockey Rink Egress

I was working on a different post but that one will have to wait.  I just received these photos, it’s Wordless Wednesday, and I am wordless (yes, again).  This is an exit for a hockey rink, sent in by an anonymous reader.  Hockey rinks are notoriously tough on their doors and hardware, but this “solution” […]

WW: The Kennedy Church – Hyannis, Massachusetts

Some more doors from our winter vacation…Saint Francis Xavier Church, also known as “The Kennedy Church” because it was the summer parish of John F. Kennedy as well as many of the other Kennedys.   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Adhesive (Tape) Label

Sent in by an anonymous fire marshal who is getting quite the education in fire door assemblies.  🙂 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Going Nowhere

This photo was sent in by Pat Bond of Shanahan’s in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.  Thanks Pat! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Everywhere I Go

I think I may need therapy. I was looking for a specific photo on my phone and here’s what I found instead.  As I was taking almost all of these photos, there was a friend, child, or stranger looking at me like I was weird.  🙂 A blocked exit at the craft show in the […]

WW: Arched Doors

Jeff Tock and Kyle Learch of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies saw these doors right after my post about closers for arched doors, and couldn’t believe the methods being used to get these doors closed. The doors had spring hinges as well. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: I C-U-P

Remember the old playground joke, “How do you spell ‘I cup’?”  Somehow it seemed hysterical back in the day, but it’s not so funny now… As one commenter pointed out, this application is not unheard of for a preschool but this door is in a state university.  🙂 This reminds me of the classic post, […]

WW: Cover Girl

I can’t stop looking at the naked LCN 4040 behind Lindsey Vonn’s head.  Thank you to Eagle-Eye Jim Bystry of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies for sending me the link. Photo: The Blaze (Click the link or photo to read the article.) You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Cairo Airport

Check out these regular arm closers mounted on the push side of a pair with a transom panel.  I would have used a parallel arm closer with a flush transom shoe, but I can appreciate the creativity. Thank you to James Stokes for sending me this photo! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite […]

WW: The Greatest Step is Out the Door

I’m getting ready to teach a code class for the Massachusetts Locksmiths Association (anybody want to play Code Jeopardy??) so I don’t have a lot of time to post tonight, but thanks to Bob Borson (Life of an Architect), Ginny Powell (A Cracked Door) and Martin Badke (Laux Myth…Thoughts From a Locksmith), I ran across […]

WW: A Hot Mess

This photo was taken by Jim Lenox of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies of Metro-NY.  What you can’t see in the photo is the pair of vertical rod panics which have had their rods and latches removed. This is my favorite part: To share this post, hover your cursor over the Share/Save button near the post […]

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.

WW: Blocked Exits

This multitude of blocked exit photos was sent by Ian Childs of New Directions in Building Services, Sydney Australia.  I think I may need to go thank Ian in person.  🙂   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: No Exit

These are the photos that I referred to in my post about Imperial Foods and the locked/blocked exits there.  These photos were taken last week, illustrating that there’s still work to be done in awareness of egress requirements.  This is a 7-story office building, and one of the two exits was closed off because of […]

WW: Doubly-Safe? Or Double-Trouble?

Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo was sent in by David Sochaczevski, an architect with the Soltron Group in Montreal.  David saw this door near the Stitch ride in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  At first glance this application clearly looks like a code problem, but I just couldn’t imagine Disney purposely installing hardware that would require two motions […]

WW: Auction House Egress

These were sent in by Mary Hinton of Mulhaupt’s Inc. Can you imagine trying to exit from this “auction house” (junk shop) in an emergency?  Their front door lever needs some help too.  This might have been the first signal to get back in the car and keep driving! I posted these photos on the […]

WW: Ridglea Theater, Fort Worth TX

These photos were sent in by Morriss Johnson of CMA, the architectural firm working on the renovation of the Ridglea Theater.  The first two photos are nice, but I LOVE the one of the pair.  And YES, it is a required egress door. Thanks Morriss!! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Hospital Applications

These photos were sent in by Nolan Thrope of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.  He said they had the velcro version of wander-prevention on numerous doors.  What say you? Thanks Nolan! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Going Nowhere

This photo was sent in by Kathi Frelk of Anderson Lock (check out their blog!).  It’s perfect for Wordless Wednesday because I have no words for this application.  Well, I guess I could say that two rim devices with a removable mullion would have been a much more secure application, but would anyone listen? Thanks Kathi! You […]

WW: Summer School

This is on the front door of the elementary school where my kids have their summer program.  I guess they don’t know about the Quiet Doorman.   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Ontario Fishing Lodge Security

These photos were taken by Ted Wightman of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, at a fishing lodge in a remote area of Ontario, Canada.  I wonder who they were trying to keep out…the bears? You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Flint Memorial Hall, North Reading MA

I love this building – Flint Memorial Hall.  It was built in 1875 as “the largest, most elegant, and most modern building North Reading had ever seen.” The front entrance isn’t much to write home about, but check out the side entrance.  This pair has to be around 9′ tall and I don’t think it’s […]

WW: Kansas Statehouse

Wow!  Feast your eyes on this retrofit 994L lever trim for a Von Duprin 98/99 device.  It was made by Cirecast, for the Kansas Statehouse.  Gorgeous!   Photos submitted by Andy Buse of Von Duprin, posted with permission from Peter Morenstein of Cirecast, Inc. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Big Butts

Is it me, or are those some really big butts on pretty small doors?  This post should bring in some interesting stats…like the guy who Googled “naked ladies with no cover-ups” and was sent to my blog post on naked closers with snap-on covers.  🙂 You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: The World’s Most Beautiful Floor Stop

In keeping with (Almost-)Wordless Wednesday protocol, I’ll let you gaze upon this beautiful floor stop for today, and tomorrow I’ll tell you the circumstances that led me to it. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Old King’s School, Canterbury UK

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WW: Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

I dedicate today’s (almost) Wordless Wednesday post to my wonderful Moroccan mother-in-law, who passed away on Memorial Day. The gigantic titanium doors above lead to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. They reportedly weigh 10 tons, and are operated electrically.  To give you an idea of the scale, that’s me sitting in front of […]

WW: Roman Hardware Identification

Scott Foley of JC Ryan EBCO sent me this photo he took in Rome and wondered what the decorative metal components in the corners are.  Anybody know?  What’s their purpose and what are they called? Here’s another version, from Sam Stearman: And one with a bonus wicket door from Melanie B:   You need to […]

WW: Ghiberti Doors, San Francisco

These photos were taken by Wally Gobetz, at the Grace Chapel in the Nob Hill section of San Francisco.  You can see more photos and read about the doors in Wally’s Flickr photostream, and here’s a story about the original Ghiberti doors in Smithsonian Magazine.   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this […]

WW: Conservatory Egress

Photo submitted by Kurt Roeper of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Hollow Metal Doors (Literally)

I saw both of these doors today, in two different facilities.  Yes, they are both fire rated.  One is a cross-corridor pair and one is a stair door. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

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.

WW: “Hello, Maintenance? My door won’t close.”

Photo submitted by Nolan Thrope of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Seclusion Room

View through window in door of seclusion room – Middletown State Hospital. Photo by Richard Nickel, Jr. To see more of Richard’s amazing photos of the effects of time on many gorgeous abandoned buildings, please visit his blog: The Kingston Lounge. If you’d like to learn more about present-day recommendations for behavioral healthcare, there’s a […]

WW: Vertical(?) Rods

Thank goodness it’s Wordless Wednesday because I have no words for these photos.  Well, no words other than – deadbolts aren’t allowed on double-egress doors, and UL listed hardware can’t be modified.  Believe it or not, these exit devices actually work (as long as the deadbolt isn’t engaged!). Do you know someone who would like […]

WW: Corah Factory Pair

This pair is located at the end of a walkway between two mill buildings in the Corah Factory in Leicester, England.  Check out the locks on both leaves (more photos here). Thank you to Sam Tait for allowing me to post this photo. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Another Door Involved in a Fire

Photo courtesy of Newcastle University. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Drill Press

I have TJ Gottwalt to thank for this Wordless Wednesday post.  Thanks TJ! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Curtains

On my Wordless Wednesday posts,  you can usually read about the photos by hovering your cursor over them.  It’s impossible for me to be completely wordless! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: More Doors After a Fire

    Photos posted with permission from Newcastle University. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Another Fire Door in Action

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WW: Close the Door

Thank you to Juan Guerra for permission to post this photo. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

WW: Herpetological Access Control

If you’re not familiar with Wordless Wednesday (WW), it’s when bloggers post a photo which speaks for itself, without any words to gum up the experience.  This post isn’t technically wordless, but here’s the first WW photo: Photo courtesy of Robot_Cowboy, via Flickr.  Permission granted 1/13/11. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this […]

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