"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 device became known as "Chip," and I posted about the trip almost daily.  To my surprise, people really seemed to enjoy reading about Chip's adventures.

By |2012-01-27T22:08:04-05:00January 22nd, 2010|Chip Falcon Road Trip|4 Comments

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 asked whether my husband is along on this road trip, since I haven't mentioned him.  I actually have mentioned him...not as often as I've mentioned Chip, but I did give him credit for spotting the Falcon bumper sticker the other day.  In fact, I've mentioned him 5 times during our trip so yes, he is with me, but he refuses to pose for photos with hardware or even doors.  Go figure.

By |2018-05-25T11:45:15-04:00August 14th, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip|0 Comments

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 as I'm trying to teach my kids, there is something interesting about any place you go.  At first glance, Falcon had a lot of tobacco fields, an old folks' home, and a water tower guarded by one feisty donkey, but it is also the location of the Falcon Children's Home, which just celebrated 100 years of helping children who needed a place to live - about 20,000 kids to date!

By |2013-09-29T19:27:25-04:00August 12th, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip|1 Comment

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 hold all of the answers until the end of Chip's Road Trip and then choose one lucky winner from all of the correct entries.  If you need a hint, the statue is located at the end of a bridge that leads to a set of *keys*.  Hey wait!  Is that a FALCON on his arm patch??  ;-)

By |2012-01-27T22:10:00-05:00August 7th, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip, Funky Applications|5 Comments

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 and Von Duprin 98/99 were designed by the same engineers and share the Ingersoll Rand name.

By |2013-10-29T13:40:59-04:00August 6th, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip, Funky Applications|0 Comments

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 device apart and learning more about it I would be comfortable specifying it for a school project, especially when the budget is tight.

By |2012-01-27T22:10:00-05:00August 2nd, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip, Doors Gone Wrong|26 Comments

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, apparently door hardware is typically male because it was unanimous.  Given the fact that the Falcon 24/25 has some similar features to his relative, the Von Duprin 98/99, and considering the absolutely horrendous names chosen by my kids, our device has been christened...Chip.  Chip Falcon. Sounds like a character Pierce Brosnan would play.

By |2013-10-29T13:40:59-04:00July 31st, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip|0 Comments

"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.

By |2018-05-25T11:25:45-04:00July 30th, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip|3 Comments
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