WWYD? “Future” Access Control System

Last week I got an email from an architect working on a renovation project at a college. Part of an existing classroom building is being converted into a new administration area, and the project scope includes preparation for an access control system that will be designed later. The electrified hardware was included in the current project, but the access control readers have not yet been added and the system is not powered up...

By |2016-01-18T02:13:23-05:00January 18th, 2016|Electrified Hardware, WWYD?|16 Comments

WWYD? Removable Mullion on a Fire Door Assembly

Sometimes a question crosses my desk that surprises me - it seems like after 6+ years of writing about doors and hardware every day I would have heard them all, but this was a first. I was asked to find out where in the codes it states that a removable mullion is acceptable to use on a fire door assembly...

By |2015-09-02T13:39:27-04:00September 1st, 2015|Fire Doors, WWYD?|26 Comments

WWYD? Cooler Access Control

Securing cooler doors with access control products is likely to become a more common application as facilities become increasingly automated.  Without an access control system it's tough to control what is taken once the door is opened (like the coin-operated newspaper vending machines).  Have any of you seen a system that works well to secure cooler doors and interface with a system like the one pictured here, where supplies are ordered online and then picked up from the cooler?

By |2015-06-09T21:43:53-04:00June 1st, 2015|Electrified Hardware, WWYD?|5 Comments

WWYD? School Security

In addition to providing support and training on door-related code requirements, my job also includes participating in code development - helping to propose changes to the codes that affect our business, and reviewing proposals from others. There is currently research underway that may propose to add school security requirements to a national code...

By |2016-10-23T20:16:55-04:00September 2nd, 2014|Fire Doors, Means of Egress, School Security, WWYD?|10 Comments

WWYD: Accessible Access Control Credentials

I really enjoyed reading everyone's input on my post about emergency exit seals, and since I'm currently in a 3-day class for the NFPA Certified Fire Plan Examiner program and don't have a lot of time for blogging, here's another question for which I have no concrete answer but would love your insight...

By |2017-05-30T16:09:30-04:00February 20th, 2014|Accessibility, Locks & Keys, WWYD?|8 Comments

WWYD? Connecting Classroom Doors

Many classrooms have a door connecting to the adjacent classroom.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but since most classrooms do not require a second means of egress, I think those doors are typically there for convenience.  I tried to find something in past codes that would have required the second door, but so far I only see the requirement for a second means of egress when the occupant load reaches 50 or more.  (Note: There are some situations where a classroom may need to have a second means of egress because it is not located on the ground floor.)

WWYD? – Folding Partition Closet

I have specified hardware for this application several times in the past, but when it came up again today I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some feedback from all of you and come up with the best way to handle this type of opening.  It's a storage closet for a large folding partition to divide a room.  When the folding partition is stored in the closet, both leaves of the door are in the same plane to fill the opening.  When the folding partition is out of storage and dividing the room, it still extends into the closet so the small leaf of the pair folds back against the larger leaf, to leave space for the folding partition.

By |2013-07-29T14:38:46-04:00July 12th, 2013|Sliding and Folding Doors, WWYD?|3 Comments

WWYD: Help Wanted

I answer A LOT of questions every day, and I love doing it.  I'm so glad to be able to provide this resource for our staff and customers, and anyone else who comes across my site.  But sometimes I get questions that I don't have a good answer for, and that's where you come in.  Please leave a comment if you have any insight on ANY of these questions...

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