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Just think where we could be now if we took those […] The hot topic of last week was how to handle locks on dormitory entrance doors, since the students have figured out how to reach under the door with a coat hanger and pull down the lever to unlock the door.
There’s a minute of bad video below to illustrate the procedure, as reenacted by a […] The locking requirements for roof doors are a bit of a gray area, due to the varied preferences of local code officials.
I’ve had this picture for a really long time and I can’t remember […] An astragal is a piece of molding used on a pair of doors or between the top and bottom leaves of a Dutch door, to provide security, protect against weather conditions, prevent light or sound transmission, or to retard the passage of smoke, flame, or gases during a fire.
On a Dutch door the astragal is […] There’s an article in the May/June 2009 issue of the NFPA Journal about the inspection of egress doors and fire doors. It’s an excellent overview of the inspection requirements found in the 2009 Edition of NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code.
As each code and standard […] When a delayed egress lock is used on an egress door, the codes require signage instructing the building occupant to “PUSH UNTIL ALARM SOUNDS, DOOR CAN BE OPENED IN 15 SECONDS.” When the code official approves a 30-second delay, the signage must reflect that increase.
I can find an interesting (to me) hardware application just about anywhere, […] Wait a minute – WHAT???In most cases, the roof door can be locked on the interior side, preventing access to the roof.It is very rare (except in movies) that the egress plan for the building includes […] I didn’t want to scare anyone by adding more information to my previous post about stairwell re-entry, but I do get questions about how to accomplish this. According to the IBC, exit enclosures connecting 4 or more stories require a 2-hour fire resistance rating, and those connecting […] I think this photo speaks for itself.I’ll try to […] I just said to my husband, “I’ve got to post something *fun* on the blog tonight.” I figured that after a couple of very technical, code-heavy posts, we all needed a break.He looked at me like I had two heads…I guess this isn’t his idea of fun. I saw […] I’d be rich if I had a dime for every time I explained that panic hardware is required for Assembly and Educational occupancies with an occupant load of more than 100 people (per IBC 2000 or 2003, NFPA 101) or more than 50 people (per IBC 2006 or 2009).
The general consensus was that it was not code-compliant but I wanted to find […] I know I just mentioned bathroom door hardware yesterday so maybe this will be the start of another series.