• 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.Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-19By Lori
  • QQ: Turn-Buttons vs. Push-Buttons
    Are turn-buttons on cylindrical locks compliant with the accessibility standards? The answer to this question is really up to the AHJ, but here are a few things to consider...Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-18By Lori
  • WWYD? Sensors for Electrified Hardware
    What's the best/most reliable/most secure technology for a request-to-exit sensor in an access control system? If you have a preference, tell me why in the reply box (please).Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-17By Lori
  • FF: Double Closer – Bamburg, Germany
    According to Bob Larson of Builders Hardware & Supply Company, these double closers are doing a good job of controlling this 7-foot x 12-foot pair of doors at the Bamburg Cathedral...Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-14By Lori
  • The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools
    At this point I've probably read hundreds of articles on school safety and security, and written dozens of blog posts and articles on the topic myself. This one was a pleasant surprise.Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-12By Lori
  • QQ: Break-Glass Switches
    I've received this question many times over the years...Can a break-glass switch be used to unlock a door in the means of egress?Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-11By Lori
  • FF: It ain’t pretty…
    Although this is not one of the most beautiful solutions I've seen, I couldn't think of a code issue as long as the hold-opens are above the minimum clear headroom of 80 inches. What do you think? Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-07By Lori
  • ‘Bulletproof’ Classroom Doors
    I agree that these doors are "an extremely discreet solution," but the last time I checked on the feasibility of using bullet-resistant doors on classrooms, there were several common objections.Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-06By Lori
  • 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?Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-05By Lori
  • Who’s at fault?
    Could a locksmith be held liable for installing non-code-compliant hardware or will a facility manager face liability for failing to maintain openings in code-compliant condition?Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-09-04By Lori
  • FF: Pair Power Transfer
    This pair of doors had one of my least favorite applications to begin with, and then access control was added. It's a challenging modification, and something is missing here.Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-08-31By Lori
  • My heart just stopped.
    Clothesline to tie the hardware? Duct tape to prevent smoke from coming in around the door? The door and hardware industry has had solutions to address these risks for decades. Why are we substituting duct tape?Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-08-30By Lori
  • 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. You're welcome. 🙂Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-08-29By Lori
  • Decoded: Deadbolts in a Means of Egress (October 2018)
    Here's my next Decoded article, addressing the use of deadbolts on egress doors. Even if you think you know all about deadbolts, check it out and let me know if I missed anything. There are a few tidbits that might come as a surprise. Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-08-28By Lori
  • WWYD? Library Entrance
    Do these doors meet the requirements of the International Building Code (IBC)? Why or why not? WWYD?Read More... ... read more
    Source: I Dig HardwarePublished on 2018-08-27By Lori
2018-06-13T16:20:15+00:00 June 9th, 2018|

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