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FedLock In Action: Closers and Air Pressure

July 20, 2021

This time of year, we get calls about doors in commercial and multi-family buildings that are not fully closing. This is often caused by rushing air flow imbalances, due to strong, streaming commercial air conditioning units running 24/7. That being said, the door closer should do it’s job. The existing door closer could be the […]

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Fire Code Friday: Self Closing with Smoke Detectors

July 16, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! Today, we look at NFPA 101 (7.2.1.8) which states that doors in a means of egress shall be self-closing and shall not be secured in the open position. An exception is if the releasing mechanism is activated by approved smoke detectors installed per NFPA 72. Check back next week for additional information!

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Tech Talk: Andrew

July 13, 2021

Who better to ask about locks than the knowledgeable technicians who work on them every day? This month, we’re featuring Andrew. He has 5.5 years of experience and is factory certified to work on numerous products, including Kaba X-10 locks and LKM10K pedestrian door locks. Andrew is knowledgeable about a variety of products and can complete just about any type of job. Q: […]

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Fire Code Friday: Pivots

July 9, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! Do any of your fire doors have pivots? NFPA 80 requires a top, bottom and intermediate pivot for doors up to 90″. Doors must include an additional pivot for each additional 30″ of height. If you have questions, we have answers! Let us know how we can help.

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Fire Code Friday: Door Operations 3

June 25, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! This week is the third installment in a 3-part series on door operations. NFPA 80 (6.1.3) requires that all swinging fire doors must be closed and latched at the time of a fire. The third type of door operation is power operated. In these situations, the auto operator is automatically disconnected during […]

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Fire Code Friday: Door Operations 2

June 18, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! This week is the second segment in a 3-part series on door operations. NFPA 80 (6.1.3) requires that all swinging fire doors must be closed and latched at the time of a fire. The second type of door operation is automatic-closing. These doors close and latch automatically when released by an automatic […]

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Fire Code Friday: Door Operations 1

June 11, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! This week, we begin a 3-part series on door operations. NFPA 80 (6.1.3) requires that all swinging fire doors must be closed and latched at the time of a fire. The first type of door operation is self-closing. These doors are equipped with a closing device that closes each time it is […]

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Fire Code Friday: Locks & Latches

June 4, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! Let’s review some lock and latch code (NFPA 80 6.4.4): *Locks with interconnected deadbolts which are retracted when the latch bolt is retracted are permitted. *Automatic devices are permitted but must be activated by the fire protection system and become unlatched upon activation. *The latch throw minimum must be shown on the […]

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Fire Code Friday: Labels for Fire and Panic

May 28, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! Today we look at NFPA 80 (6.4.4): Fire exit hardware must be labeled for both fire and panic. The label must be permanently attached and must include serial number and manufacturer’s name and type of approval. Do NOT remove or paint over these labels! Labels are reviewed during inspection so do not […]

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Fire Code Friday: Classifications of Hardware

May 21, 2021

TGIF, it’s Fire Code Friday! Per NFPA 80.4.6, there are multiple classifications of hardware: *Builders’ hardware includes hinges, locks and latches, bolts and closers. *Fire exit hardware is an exit device labeled for both panic and fire protection. *Fire door hardware includes surface-mounted strap hinges, surface-applied latches and closing devices.

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