Why is the Bottom Rod Missing?

Have you ever come across a pair of doors that have just a top vertical rod exit device and not top and bottom, and wondered why? Often an architect or specification writer will specify “less bottom rod (LBR)” on pairs of doors, especially in healthcare facilities.

This photo was taken in an assisted living facility here in St. Louis. This opening is a pair of fire rated corridor doors which means they must positively latch in case of a fire to control flames and smoke from traveling through the facility. Without latching hardware on the exit device itself, positive latching is accomplished with the surface mounted top vertical rod. As you can see from the picture, the door is being held open with a magnetic hold open tied into the fire alarm. If the fire alarm is activated the hold open will release the door. The door closer will swing the door shut and the top vertical rod will latch the door.

This leads us to the question of why the architect or specification writer specified LBR. While the top and bottom vertical rods help secure the door, the bottom vertical rod is secured to a floor strike mounted in the floor. That floor strike can become a tripping hazard to people that use mobility devices, such as canes, walkers, crutches, and wheelchairs. ADA regulation 404.2.10, Door and Gate Surfaces, states: “Swing door and gate surfaces within 10 inches (255mm) of the finish floor or ground measured vertically shall have a smooth surface on the push side extending the full width of the door or gate.” The regulation goes on to specify how thick protection plates and installation screws can be.

This installation is a textbook example of the intersection of fire code and ADA regulations. The goal is to keep people safe both from fire and tripping. When architects and door hardware professionals work together, the result can be a safe, attractive and code compliant facility.

For assistance in writing door hardware specifications please contact Brian Clarke at [email protected]. For information regarding our products please contact our customer service team at 800-255-3590 or your local sales representative.

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The Life of a Threshold: More Exciting than You Think by Dan White

This article appears in the August issue of the DHI Security + Safety Magazine and is reprinted here with their permission.

The Life of a Threshold: More Exciting than You Think

Hey, down here at the bottom of the door frame…no, not the welcome mat. It’s me, the threshold! I bet not many of you notice me as you go about your day-to-day business, but I’ve led a more exciting life than you realize.

To start out, where did the name threshold originate? It’s a common term we hear every day without even thinking about what thresh and holding even have to do with doors. The word “threshold” has been with us since the 1500s. It is commonly understood that the term comes from the reeds or rushes, thresh, that were thrown on the floors of simple dwellings in those times. A piece of wood would be installed in the doorway to keep the thresh from falling out of an open door – thus threshold.

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Come Two by Two. A Look Inside Noah’s Ark

This article was published in the August edition of the DHI Door + Hardware Magazine and reprinted here with permission.

Come Two by Two. A Look Inside Noah’s Ark, by Ginny Powell

Tucked into the “All American City” of Lakeland, Florida, is not just a community, but the realization of a dream initiated by a small group of parents nearly 20 years ago. It’s called The Village at Noah’s Landing.

Nearly two decades ago, a small group of parents of adult children with special needs met while watching their children take part in sporting activities. They began talking with each other about what would happen to their kids if they were no longer around. Who would oversee their care?

Their worries were further reinforced when they discovered that the options for care in and around Lakeland were extremely limited. But instead of becoming defeated, these five sets of parents took action. Big action. In 1997, they created Noah’s Ark of Central Florida.

The first homes were built between 2002 and 2007 and are located near downtown Lakeland. Called Noah’s Nest, this clustering of four houses is home to 17 residents living independently with the support of their fellow residents, family, and friends.

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A Dream of Building a Community
While Noah’s Nest was a great start, the dream was always to build a bigger community for adults with developmental disabilities. The Villages of Noah’s Landing, with Phase 1 scheduled to open later this summer, is precisely that.

Phase 1 can accommodate up to 132 developmentally disabled residents and only takes up a fraction of the property’s 62 acres. When all phases are complete, the community will offer a wide selection of social, recreational, educational and vocational choices, and provide for the health care needs of its residents.

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It’s all about ‘U’

We are halfway through the year. Have you earned any of the learning units you need before year’s end?  We have representatives across the country that would like the opportunity to share their knowledge and passion about door hardware with you!

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Architectural Door Hardware 101 | 1.0 LU/HSW
This course describes hardware nomenclature, correct sequencing, specifying hardware, and code compliance.

Door Hardware Submittals | 1.0 LU/HSW
Both users and components of the hardware submittals are discussed in this course, as well as what to look for in product data sheets and reasons submittals are rejected.

 

 

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ADA: Meeting Accessibility Standards for Openings | 1.0 LU/HSW
This course features an overview of compliance with ADA, physical disabilities, and 404 doors, doorways, and gates.

 

 

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Keeping Patients Safe Through Life Safety Hardware by Jill Gile, CSI, CDT

Jill Gile is the newest member of Commencement Bay Architectural Group, a manufacturers’ sales agency that represent’s Hager in the Pacific Northwest. She has jumped into the hardware industry with a big splash including recently passing her CDT exam.

This is an article she wrote for the June Edition of the DHI Doors & Hardware Magazine and reprinted here with both Jill’s & DHI’s permission.

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Humans are a reactive species. We tend to carry on with a standard mode of operation until an emergency tells us that we might have to change our ways. This holds true for many aspects of our lives, personal and professional. It might be as simple as changing eating habits to as big as the Titanic creating laws about lifeboat requirements.

For the construction industry, unfortunately, we are faced with Titanic-level issues of life safety. Rules regarding fire codes and ADA accessibility issues are some of the main examples of changes the industry has had to face.

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UCLA Lockdown

Yesterday there was a lock down on the UCLA campus in the Engineering 4 building. With the use of social media word spread quickly and students definitely took the alert the school sent out seriously.

Several students posted photos on social media showing how they were barricading themselves in rooms including rooms where the doors had no locking devices.  It is difficult to determine from the photos if the rooms are specifically classrooms or not.

UCLA_June_1_2016_P3No indication if the door had locking
hardware on it and this was for reinforcement

UCLA_June_1_2016_P2@Jasonschechter states “doors open outward
and aren’t able to be locked.” Can’t tell from photo if
device is a passage function, classroom function
or if the lock wasn’t operational. If classroom function
the students were smart not to open the door to
lock from exterior side.

UCLA_June_1_2016_P1This room looks like it could be a classroom.
@whydaphnewhy is stating the “doors open outward, no locks.”

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8200 Series Economy Low Energy Power Operator Economy

We are excited to announce our newest product in our electrical line – the 8200 Series Economy Low Energy Power Operator. This is to compliment our current 8400 Series. The 8200 fits ADA interior and exterior openings where value engineering is needed.

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The 8200 Series is available in:

  • 8218  Single Operator
  • 8219  Simultaneous Pair
  • 8221  Double Egress Simultaneous Pair

Certifications include:

  • ANSI A156.19 compliant
  • ANSI/UL 325 listed for both United States and Canada
  • ADA Compliant
  • Buy American Act

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New Products Announcement

4500 Series Exit Device Decorative Lever Options

The decorative lever options on our 2300 Series Tubular and 3800 Series Mortise Locks are now available with our 4500 Series Exit Device. Now you can complete the elegant look on door openings requiring exit devices.  Available in US3, US4, US10, US10B, US26 & US26D. Additional information is available here.

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Lockset Grades

Founded in 1925 as the Hardware Manufacturers’ Statistical Association, now the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, BHMA took a leadership role in developing standards for builder’s hardware to ensure quality and performance. Hager Companies has been a member for many years.

Hardware is a key element in buildings as door openings provide means of egress, security and building accessibility for people with physical disabilities. BHMA developed a minimum performance grading system for all hardware including lockets. This grading system is also accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, non-profit organization that coordinates the voluntary standardization in developing and maintaining performance standards for builder’s hardware. More …

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